Monday, July 9, 2007
I was thinking of showing you the progress on the Tulip cardigan. I've finished the seed stitch borders all around the body and I'm now edging it with attached i-cord, a first for me -- which is good, 'cause one summer goal was to learn some new knitting techniques. Then just the sleeves, the neckband, and i-cord ties. But I decided to wait 'til it's finished to show you.
Instead, here's something from my garden, a shrub we put in last year in a difficult spot -- poor soil, close to the waterfront altho' not the first line of defense. It's been more successful than I could have hoped, this Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle, if you prefer common names), and has reached four feet already of its promised height of six to nine feet (yes, many of us older Canadians still use feet for some things). Apparently, in some locations it can be worrisomely invasive, but my modest Google research suggests it will be okay here on the Coast. Right now, the white flowers "hanging in dense drooping panicles of red coloured bracts" are attracting bees and hummingbirds, but even better, the large purple berries which follow are, according to my 1998 Island Specialty Nursery catalogue (I love this nursery in Chemainus -- it's so great!) "beloved of pheasants." Now, we used to spot pheasants on our tiny island up until a few years ago -- apparently someone introduced them at some point, not sure if it might have been for game or what -- even if there were any left, I don't suppose they'd try to get by my noisy Golden Retriever. But wouldn't that be fun?