I've been distracted by the sudden disappearance of the snow and the emergence of these
followed by these
Now that the sun is out again and the spring bulbs are blooming I'm starting to get excited about planning plantings. I have a tricky spot that is mostly in light shade except from noon-2 pm when it is subjected to blazing sun in the summer. If anyone with more gardening experience has any plant suggestion for shrubs, perennials or annuals that can live with that, please share! (I'm in mid-Iowa, what hardiness zone is that? 5?) It's still too early to plant, but I'm planning...and in the meantime I'm tidying up other parts of the yard, seeding a few bare patches in the lawn and putting in some brick borders in a few places. Now is a perfect time to do it. It isn't too hot yet and the biting bugs aren't out and swarming.
Sometime in the evenings when it's too dark to putter outside I'll be making a table runner with these fabrics. The blue is actually more teal or turquoise than it looks in the photo. Browns aren't really my thing, but I think the gift's recipient likes them so I'm stretching a bit.
These fabrics are also a very good illustration of why I'll probably never have much of a stash. I went ahead and chose these fabrics without a pattern in mind and now I'm having a terrible time figuring out exactly what to do with them. I do much better sketching a plan in advance, then buying fabric to fit. So far I've had 5 flashes of inspiration that quickly fizzled, but I think I may finally have a plan. I'll keep you posted.