Silent, but not still

Me, that is.

I haven’t posted for a few days, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything. It’s just that repeated posting about the same project with only small increments of change can cause reader-enjoyment fatigue, I think, unless there’s real, visible progress. Today, I thought there was something for you to look at πŸ™‚

Although I do have progress to show on the Hatbox quilt, I’m going to break it up with some pretties from my back yard. There’s still beauty happening out there, despite the total absence of rain, the hot, dry winds and the unseasonal heat.

So, nearly two-thirds of the quilt joined up. One modest seam to do and it will be two-thirds. It’s going well and easily, and I don’t want to rush through it.

In the back yard, the three baby pineapples are growing. This one’s nearly twice the size it was last time I showed it two weeks ago.

The bananas are getting bigger and bigger, and I’m keeping an eye on them to make sure the fruit bats and possums don’t start paying them too much attention.

They have a ‘banana bag’ over them to protect them from animals and from getting too scorched by the sun.

And in the orchid house, this lovely is flowering. It has at least 10 more buds, so when more of them are out, I’ll show it again. So pretty…

Sadly, the grass is all brown and when Mouse does his daily zoomie up and down, he’s kicking up clouds of dust. The amaryllis, or hippeastrums, all bright scarlet, are flowering like it’s going out of fashion – which it may indeed be, if we don’t get some rain soon.

It’s a thing with plants, isn’t it?Β  If they’re stressed, they flower like crazy to get in one final try at reproducing themselves.

I think I may have to bring that orchid inside, out of the orchid house, so I can give it some personal attention and admiration. Flowers that pretty shouldn’t bloom unseen.

Right, back to the hand stitching. Before I know where I am, it’ll be time to bind!

51 thoughts on “Silent, but not still

  1. knettycraft says:

    Wow the quilt will be so gorgeous. It took long but absolutely was worth it.

  2. An orchid house! Wow what a wonderful thing to have. Do hope the rain comes soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Round here, it’s not as exotic as it sounds. It’s either orchids or ferns, and either makes a lovely cool, dim place to visit. It’s basically a box made of scaffolding, covered with shade cloth and lined with shelves, plus more baskets hanging from the roof. The irrigation system goes in there and everything gets watered with misters. The previous owners also installed a 3ft high Venus de Milo in the middle, who is concreted in so I can’t even relocate her!

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    I love this quilt soooo much. I just can’t imagine how delicious a home grown pineapple must taste, all warm from the garden.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re right, they’re a LOT sweeter than the ones you buy in the shop. The other advantage is that you can cut off the top and the leaves, stick it in the ground and a year or so later, it’ll turn into another pineapple bush and you get another pineapple. Sadly, they only flower and fruit once, so once you’ve eaten it, that’s it.

  4. Beauty in everything you behold πŸ₯°

  5. tialys says:

    Those bananas look almost ready to eat. How much longer before you can eat them?

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s hard to tell, they generally take 70-100 days from first forming. These are a way off yet, they’re very green and angular. Once a bit more yellow colour comes in and they plump out between the ‘corners’, we can cut the whole stem and hang it in the garage, where it will continue to ripen. At that point, it’s keeping up with the supply that’s the problem!

  6. Your opening sentence made me smile ruefully – it’s almost two months since I last posted and I haven’t been reading as regularly as I usually do either ……… Heavens knows what I’ve missed! But oh my – so glad not to have missed this! I may like this every bit as much as I do your flower one. Maybe I like the repeating theme when it is a real thing or maybe I just love your colour choices. I don’t know – but this is just looking lovely.

  7. KerryCan says:

    That blue sashing is so perfect –the quilt is looking fabulous! Your bananas and pineapples seem so exotic compared to our apples and peaches!

  8. Such pretty things in your garden, and on your sewing table. I’ve never been lucky with orchids – or should I say, they’ve never been lucky with me!

  9. Lynda says:

    Progress is progress, and you are very close now! I love that you can grow orchids, pineapple and bananas. Wish I could. I can’t even grow peaches and this is the right climate (or so I’ve been told) to grow them. Two trees, zero peaches. Oh well, my super power is berries and I can grow bunches! πŸ˜€

  10. Holy cats! Bananas AND pineapples? When I think of how excited I get when apple season comes along, I can only imagine how I would feel to have bananas and pineapples to look forward to. Even with climate change, they’re not in the cards for snowy Maine. πŸ˜‰

  11. claire93 says:

    hat boxes are looking lovely Kate.
    And hope you manage to protect bananas so you can enjoy them when they’re ripe.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! And the bananas are doing fine without much intervention from us, so I’ll just let them fill out a bit, then cut the stem and let them finish ripening under cover. Fresh banana is so much nicer than the ones that’ve had to travel…

  12. Ah, another glimpse of my favorite quilt is always welcome. I’ve never seen a pineapple growing but there is nothing sweeter than right from the ground to the table. We got them pretty close to that when living in Taiwan. I would make my mouth sore by eating too much at a time. I’ve never had one that sweet since. They gas all the bananas we get here to ripen them. I hate that. Well, it’s off to work in my fruitless garden. ;(

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re very lucky in that our grocery pineapples and bananas are grown fairly locally; I can’t remember what a gassed banana tastes like, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t come up to scratch any more… I hope your yard work isn’t fruitless, even if the yard is!

  13. Dayphoto says:

    I love the idea of an orchid house! Then reading your description of how it is constructed made me wish I had something like it here. BUT….our nasty bitter cold would do it all in so I will just enjoy your photos instead.
    I am LOVING the Quilt!

  14. magpiesue says:

    The quilt is looking lovely. Meanwhile, it’s the rose that made me gasp in appreciation of its’ beauty. πŸ˜‰

  15. Lovely, colourful, both quilt and plants, the way spring is meant to be but also dry as it tends to be. This year we got about 5 daffs up out of a 100 bulbs I planted a couple of years back but similar to you our garden is doing its spring thing, no nice bananas or pineapples but we’ve now got a couple of orchids too, no Venus de Milo but my MiL did give us a kangaroo statue a few years ago.

    • katechiconi says:

      I reckon your daffs are just biding their time. I can let you have half a tonne of hippeastrum bulbs, all of which are flowering like crazy! Seemingly they’re not fussed about lack of water. We woke to the smell of smoke today, very strong, so there’s a bit of a worry about where it’s coming from…

      • Thanks but hippies have been generously shared with us by others already πŸ™„ I hope it’s ok, I’m guessing smoke is going to be the summer motif… has been smoky here for weeks, you’ll have no doubt seen the coverage of the Dorrigo bushfires.

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, the name did rather jump out of the news coverage. It does make me proud of my old community and horrified at the loss of nearly 67,000 hectares: homes, stock, and forest.

  16. anne54 says:

    I hope you are safe from the fires, Kate. The whole east coast seems to be burning at the moment. So out of kilter. I know that Winter is your dry season, but has it been drier for you than normal? We have had a reasonable amount of rain down south, but we can never be complacent.

    This quilt is nearly finished. I am glad you are able to take your time, and savour all the fabrics that have a special meaning for you.

    • katechiconi says:

      So far, nothing significant has come near us, although we’ve had a lot of dust and smoke in the air, and the smell of smoke in the air this morning is strong. It has been a very dry winter, and is starting to be a very dry spring with no sign of rain anywhere yet.
      The quilt is a happy distraction from the worry, and it’s lovely to think that it’s slowly approaching completion after all this time.

  17. kathyreeves says:

    The quilt, the flowers, the fruit, all just wonderful!

    • katechiconi says:

      I choose to let my eyes rest on beauty, rather than cracked soil, dry grass, dead leaves and failed buds. The photos will still be beautiful in a year, when the dry and dead are forgotten πŸ™‚

  18. rutigt says:

    That quilt is gorgeous! The fabric you are using when sewing the blocks together is so suitable. So you have bananas, we have plums πŸ™‚

  19. growl….I found tons of stuff in my spam folder – a big hello πŸ™‚

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