Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Garden in August

 If you plant the most popular plants in your garden in the UK, you will have flowers until the end of July and then not much. Michael spent a lot of effort selecting plants that would flower from August to November and, this year, the garden had a blank period in July and has suddenly burst into flower. There's the hibiscus and a few feet away is a carpet of lavender blue convolvulus mauritanicus.

There is a splendid hydrangea called 'Wisley White'

And to its left, a planting of agapanthus backed by a herbaceous clematis. And a rather good pot filtched from Ruth's Purley house fiver years ago  and which she has been inquiring about now she is back here. Mine!! All mine!!

And a photo of the patio looking rather good. Everywhere you look in the garden, there are shrubs in flower, especially fuschias. Of course it is probably all the rain we have had. Fuschias like a lot of water. On the textile front, I have actually been weaving on the Megado and have finished the 2012 Xmas cards. I have cleaned upstairs and put things away. And answered lots of emails. I am here for the next four weeks with not much in the way of commitments so I aim to finish off the Megado warp.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.