to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Garden's Bounty including Pom Pom Flowers

My veggie and flower garden has been growing like mad. It is yielding squash after squash and there is not a prayer we can eat them all. I've started making some "crock pickles" in a 6 gallon crock that came from my mother-in-law. First time on this and they smell awesome. It is a bit of a leap of faith though. My recipe came from "Putting Food By" but is similar to this one. There is a local pickle company called Real Pickles in Greenfield which makes awesome pickles, carrots, beets and sauerkraut in a similar way. You can check out their website here.

My upcoming weekend is a "Celebration of Color and Flowers." Cleaning lots of stuff up for the next batch of guests and I am still painting furniture and walls. I can't believe how many hours I have spent painting this summer...... It will never be done. I keep finding more walls and furniture that needs new paint.

Here are some lovely "pom pom flowers" from my garden. They are almost all varieties of amaranth but I didn't keep the labels and can't figure out what I have grown. I'm in it for the beauty, texture and the color anyway and these are not disappointing, to say the least. They look smashing in big vases.....

Chartruese Amaranth - How wild. I can never get enough chartruese!

A collection of other amaranths along with a "pom pom cosmos" (my name - they call it "bon bon"). Hey, I'm a knitter and you gotta go with what you love!

A detail shot of a bi-color amaranth.

Zinnias are coming along and I should have some soon. Looking forward to vases full of brightly colored zinnias for sure.


Virginia said...

So that's what those flowers are called.

I saw some the other day at the NY Botanical Gardens (i.e. my backyard) and was completely flummoxed by them.

I shall have to tell my daughter.

Martha said...

I love your arrangements of these unusual "pom pom" flowers.

India said...

Hey, loved the mention of Real Pickles! That's my niece and her partner Dan. My personal favorites are the red cabbage and the garlic kraut. The red cabbage in particular makes an amazing color statement on a plate!

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Love the flowers! Wish my garden was doing better.