Friday, December 16, 2016

Hydrangeas and Christmas

It is an interesting date again - 12/12/16.
Not much has been happening, in terms of textiles. The tapestry is still in the garden but the weather has been much the same. Warm to hot days, especially in the sun. The tapestry is in shade for a lot of the day, lying under the hollyhock leaves. More flowers are falling but not much is happening in terms of colour for the tapestry.

But the hydrangeas are getting ready to burst into colour - something that happens every Christmas.

I also took some photos of the grass that we have had in our garden for ever! It is one of my favourite plants. I am not sure exactly what it is, I think it is a grass from South Africa. But that could be totally wrong.

The leaves are gorgeous and I really must see if I can use them for a design one day.

The hibiscus is gorgeous too. I have read that they are related to the hollyhocks. So I suppose I could use them for dyeing. But I think the colour would not be particularly strong, so I haven't bothered so far.
I am collecting some of the hollyhock flowers, just in case I decide to use them. I am not pulling them off the plant, just picking them up from the ground.
As you may be able to tell, I am thinking about textiles a bit but not doing much.


theregatha said...

I adore hydrangeas....NOT the dead dried out arrangements of long ago...but fresh big blossoms Something magic about them and soooo many different little flowers in each bloom.

Mary said...

Yes, and now that I haven noticed the timing, they make me realise Christmas is coming!
Not sure if that is a good thing or not, Christmas being what it is these days. Frantic people, avoiding shopping centres, etc.
But the flowers are blooming, the weather is good (this year!) and all is well.