This week has been tag and bag week. More tags - I now have bags of tags (sorry, couldn't resist that) so think I will call a halt to making them. One of my 'makes' are decorated gift bags and I need to begin making stock because I want to ensure I have plenty of sizes ready for my event season. I have been looking at decorating the 'bag for life' jute bags and played around with one and the results is this:
I love butterflies and these are a particular gorgeous fuchsia pink. It looks as though it should be easy-peasy to decorate, but believe me it wasn't! Lining up the butterflies, gluing and ensuring they are stuck correctly was time-consuming. I might have a play around with some more during the next week or so (patience permitting) - I would like to have one or two to put out at the Ripley Nurseries Craft & Food Fair on 31 August as a test run to see if there is any interest.
We have a big family get-together here in a couple of weeks time and we are trying to get our garden looking neat and tidy. Not easy with five cats - no, not what you are thinking! We have to be very careful with the tools we use as they think everything is a potential toy!. Hose pipes are snakes to be chased, ladders are to be climbed, as are apple trees; rakes are for chasing (why?) and low plants are for snoozing on, in and under! However, one plant that has survived well - probably because I moved it into a pot - is one of my Heuchera's. I love these plants - the colours of their leaves are stunning. Often it is like having the beautiful colours of autumn all year long. This is one of my favourites:
It has a mix of gold, brown, red and yellow leaves; its name is Sweet Tea. Among my 'collection' I have a bright lime green Heuchera called Key Lime Pie and a stunning dark red one called Fire Chief. The flowers of Heuchera are almost non-existent, their beauty is in the leaves. My favourite plant? I think it is pretty close to the top. What are your favourite plants?
Last week I mentioned about the wood-framed pond we moved from one side of the garden which was a big hit with the Christmas Pie cats. Here is a picture of Coco dropping in for a pint!