Wednesday February 17th 2016, 10:31 pm
Filed under: Friends,Garden,Knit

I had two projects I wanted to finish before Stitches: one for the pride of showing the thing off, and I really wanted to, and the other for the sake of someone in particular I badly wanted to give it to. I was adamant with myself that I was going to finish that gorgeous silk first.

Which means neither project was getting done…

I kept starting and finishing other things altogether till I gave up on the pride and dealt with the fact that the other was the recipient’s favorite color, not mine, and dove into that gift project at long last. It is now blocking, with all the magic that is lace+water=gorgeous. Looking at it, I marvel that I ever had a problem getting myself to sit down and work on that. The anticipation (with a bit of relief thrown in) is sweet.

One thing to mention from yesterday. I heard the mailman and went out to the mailbox and there, standing shyly on the sidewalk, was the tall young dad from across the street, holding his baby boy, his three-year-old daughter clinging to the side of his leg when she saw me coming. The dad was glad I’d come out–he’d wanted to explain why they were standing there and there I was, making it easy.

Our oxalises were blooming and she’d wanted to come over and look at the pretty flowers.

There was a long-stemmed dandelion flower in her hand.

I remembered the spluttering and outrage of a gardener, years ago, when I stopped him from cutting my yellow patch down–to him, oxalis were weeds and a nuisance and he glanced down the street to see if any of the neighbors were seeing him being derelict in his work. But to me they were what had invited me to walk in to this house the first time I’d seen the place. They don’t seed, they don’t spread, they just bloom in their spot every winter and then quietly vanish at the dryness of the summers to await their rebirth.

I explained to the little girl that the sun was going down so the flowers were closing up for the night, but they would open again in the morning and you could still see their pretty color.

She looked at me with big eyes and tucked herself behind her daddy and peeked out as I smiled.

I leaned over and picked a stem with a nice little cluster and offered it to her. She let me give it to her.

Her daddy thanked me warmly, and we each went back inside to work on our respective dinners, with me plotting of peaches and plums to knock on their door with in a few months.

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It sure does me good to read of spring springing in your yard and how you share it with others!

Comment by twinsetellen 02.17.16 @ 11:01 pm

Oxalis is a disgusting weed down here. It takes a lot of poisoning or boiling water or whatever to kill it. It is a mistake to try to dig it out as leaving one tiny bulb will produce another plant. It is amusing to see gardening books from your side of the pond giving tips on cultivating it. Nothing but a pest down here.

Comment by Jan 02.18.16 @ 2:20 am

Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate “native wild flowers” but admit children get there before adults. When my daughter was about the age of your young neighbour I told her a dandelion was a weed and she said “No it’s not! It’s a beautiful flower. It only grows from a weed.” Now, I prefer a “green space” teaming with life and variety than a mono-culture grass lawn. Yes, I surrendered. “Make no mistake the weeds will win. Nature bats last.”

Comment by LynnM 02.18.16 @ 8:16 am

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