Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mutant Fruit Tree, Visitors, Garden Blooms & A Freebie !

The garden this time of the year is bursting with colour and a lot of the new plants that I planted last year have enjoyed the very wet winter and spring we have had and have just flourished.

These daisies have quickly filled their new garden bed.


Our little orchard has also gone crazy. These greengage trees have given us very little fruit in the last 3 years. I hard pruned them 2 seasons ago and have had our hens around their base and this is the result !! Mutant fruit trees bursting with fruit. I have never seen fruit in such abundance in one tree. If you are not sure what they are they are the size of a fairly large plum when fully grown. This tree will never carry this much fruit to maturity - There is just too much of it.


We had some unexpected visitors walking through our garden on Sunday. Mummy duck and her brand new family waddled across and took a dip in our pond.



They had such fun and were so lovely to watch. All ducklings were black expect for one little yellow one. Mum was very proud.

The last few weeks have been so busy and I haven't blogged as much as I would have liked so I thought that I would try to make it up to you with a free stitchery pattern. Click HERE to download it. It is the stitchery that I used on my sewing machine cover that I made for the August Challenge over at Jenny's Blog.



The stitchery says "A Home is built of Peace and Love and not of wood and stone. A place where happiness lives and memories are sewn" How true is that??


Enjoy your week !!
Hugs,


14 comments:

Barbara said...

Thank you so much not just for the freeb stitchery but also for sharing the photos, the ducklings are so precious, I almost missed the little yellow one hiding behind his mama, grin.
Barb in western NC

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your little flower arrangement in the teapot! What a great idea. Lovely pictures.

Peggy said...

We are headinh i to winter over here so it is great to visit and see summer colour blooming! I love the ducks too.

maggi said...

Beautiful photos - definitely welcome on this dismal winter day over here. Hope the show went well

Wendy B said...

Your daisy's are beautiful Fiona...such a simple flower but gorgeous!! Those little duckies are sooooooo cute!! and your trees - let's hope they hold on to half of the fruit and you'll have a bumper crop! Thanks for the freebie...love the sentiment on it too...I've yet to make a sewing machine cover....on the 'to do' list???? lol
Sugary hugs Wendy B 'o)

Cardygirl said...

Love the garden pics...cute ducks too!

Allie said...

Fiona! Your stitchery is precious - thank you so much, I love it!
Your little vase with the flowers is so precious - and the ducks are so cute! How funny that there's only one yellow one. I love the pics of your garden, that tree is amazing and the daisies are so beautiful!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Thanks for the stitchery--love the saying and it is so true. this may be a dumb question--but why is one duck yellow???? I thought I knew alittle about ducks, but?????
Hugs, Di

Shiree said...

your garden is looking really springish Fiona, and the ducks really are very cute! hmmm ow that might make a rather cute stitchery huh??

Margaret said...

Thanks for the freebie you are so thoughfull , this year has been very full for you

Jenny of Elefantz said...

You sweetheart!! It's gorgeous...and you know I need a new machine cover because I bought a BIG machine. ;-)

Chookyblue...... said...

love the ducklings and the machine cover looks great..........thanks for the stitchery pattern

Jantine said...

Thank you so much for this stitchery, I had seen it before and liked the text a lot!

Jude said...

Your garden must be a delight to work in and feathered visitors as well.Thanks for the stitchery I am going to use it in a wall hanging as I like the sentiment it portrays.