Thursday, June 27, 2013

Knitting the Seasons...April...Spring!

Continuing to catch up on old business...  I skipped this project in February and March, picking up the strands with the onset of spring.  The colours in our garden were wonderful yellows (daffodils, forsythia, tulips, balsamroot, and dandelions--not too many of the latter since I dig them out whenever I see them), greens (foliage--dull, bright, yellow-green, light green, dark green) and blue-violet (hyacinths, grape hyacinth, and scilia).
This is a favourite view of our rock garden.  Lloyd calls this the "dry creek bed" and planted it with grape hyacinths to mimic the flow of water.  One of my jobs this spring was pulling out all the hyacinths which had spread (by seed) to other parts of the garden.
Auditioning the colours in-situ.
April swatches
A particularly nice grouping.
Arrowleaf Balsamroot, a.k.a. Okanagan sunflower.  This  perennial plant is a harbinger of spring in the Okanagan.  It has a very long tap root and thus impossible to transplant.  The root was an important traditional food for the local First Nations.  Lloyd harvested seeds in the wild and planted them in the garden.  It takes about 4 - 5 years before the first shoots are seen above ground.

My knitted version.

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