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Winners for Girls in the Garden

Our winners of the four Girls in the Garden are:

Michelle M     Summer Pattern. “I especially like reds in my flower garden. But as a quilter, I just love color!”

Kay Holm     Winter Pattern. “I really like the winter scene because it reminds me of winter in Minnesota where we have cardinals visiting our bird feeder all winter long!”

Elizabeth     Spring Pattern. “Spring Garden most likly resembles my Garden. I have a green thumb when it comes to outdoor gardens. Lots of Tulips, Daffodiles, Herbs, and Butterfly Garden. Indoor plants beware. I love the Garden Girls they are Great”

Connie German     Fall Pattern.  “Spring flowers are the most fun, but then summer flowers come along sometimes even prettier, and then we get those awesome fall colors. How to choose? Not!”

Winners: Send your mailing address to “”. Use the same email that you made your comment from so we can be sure we got the right person.

Check out the Girls in the Garden patterns and kits at What’s New.



Give Away is almost here!

Two more days before we draw four lucky winners of a Girl in the Garden pattern by Pat Sloan and Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.

We love these designs in batik and will kit just as they were made.  We are waiting for a couple more bolts to arrive.  The kits should ship mid March.

Want them all?  Sign up for our Wall hanging of the Month starting in April and get one kit a month for four months.  Sign up here.

Make a comment on this blog to be entered in the pattern give away.

Your responses have been so much fun.  So here’s a new question:

What is the most unusual flower in your garden?

Mine would have to be the Seven Sons tree.

It blooms in late August into September and has a delightful fragrance.

The pink flowers become fuchsia and a berry forms at the center that is a shiny purple.

Very interesting.


Girls in the Garden Update

We have been busy getting all of the Girls In the Garden Patterns online.

Also the Girls In the Garden individual kits are online.

They should ship in mid to late March.

Or, you can sign up for our Wallhanging of the Month and get one of the Girls each month for four months.

The kits include fabric, borders, binding, and pattern.

The Girls in the Garden Wallhanging of the Month starts in April.  What fun!

You can comment on all five shop’s pages to be entered to win Pat Sloan’s Girls in the Garden Patterns.

Batiks Etcetera’s Blog Today’s Question:  Gardens have color themes.

What is your favorite?  Real or Imaginary?

I like when my garden is a riot of purple and yellow.

It hits that combination in the Spring with Iris and late Daffodils.

Then in summer with Russian Sage, yarrow, and black eyed Susan.

In the fall the asters, butterfly verbena, and mums supply the color combo.

Enter a comment at the four other participating shops.

We are all different and offer great products.

Check out everybody.

Kelly Ann’s Quilting Blog

Quilt Bug’s facebook page

Fabric Depot’s facebook page

Pumpkin Patch Primitives’ Blog


Magic Lily

The Magic Lilies are blooming in our shop garden.  They are always such a surprise in early to mid August.  They stand like Easter remembrances above the parched August soil.

Magic Lilies, Surprise Lilies, or Naked Ladies are Lycoris squamigera from southern Japan originally.  They came to the US around 1880.

They are very long lived bulbs and multiply freely.  They stand 2 – 3′ tall on slender stalks with NO LEAVES.

The leaves are lush and appear in the early spring.  As the spring warms the leaves disappear.

Then MAGIC – hot dry August produces these tall spring like flowers.  Gorgeous.  They last a few weeks.  I’m always sorry to see them go.

I first noticed these flowers on my walks in 1982.  An older lady tending her garden told me they were called Naked Ladies and giggled.  She told me to come by in the fall and she would give me some.

This was the fall I opened the shop and I forgot to stop by.  I always drive by her house to see the lilies each August.  They are still there even though she is gone.

I was thrilled when the shop had a few when we bought the building 10 years ago.  Marty carefully weeds around them and he divided the crowded bulbs.

They have rewarded us with great bloom.  The bulbs become smaller and the bloom falls off when they get too crowded.  Then it is time to divide.

I recommend them for a fun late summer surprise.  They are easy care and seem pest free.

A little bit of magic for late summer!



Batik Garden Color

Batiks Etc Back DoorJust outside of our back door at the shop is a special garden that Marty and I have been developing.

We are aiming for 3 – 4 seasons of flower and color.

Right now some of our most unusual colors are showing off.

Beauty Berry Bush

Beautyberry BushThe Beautyberry bush (Callicarpa) is in its glory with the most unbelievable colored berries.

More people ask about this bush!  The bush is supposed to repel mosquitoes which is another reason to grow it.

The berries are very heavy this year and will last into the winter.  They are red-purple with a metallic luster.

They can be used to make a jelly or wine.  I haven’t had either.  We leave them for the birds.

The leaves drop after turning yellow.

Seven Sons tree blossom

Seven Sons BerryA new favorite is showing off for the first time.  It is the Seven Sons tree (Heptacodium miconioides).

I saw this tree blooming in September and October on my way to work.  I had the windows open and the fragrance was lovely.  I tried to figure out what it was and with my sister’s help we located it online.

Marty stopped and talked with the owners and they offered us as many small trees as we wanted.  You can trim them to a single stem and then have drooping leaves with intense shade underneath.  Let a few sons grow up and you have a little shady, fragrant spot for a bench.

It turns out that the tree is slightly invasive.  It has berries that turn into trees but it also sends out runners that pop up under the mother tree.  I assume this is how it gets its name.

Marty has been digging up the “sons” and potting them up for anyone who wants one.  You will often find pass along plants at our back door.  Just ask to see if they are spoken for if you are interested.


Visitors and Goodbye Summer

It was in the 40’s last night here in the Virginia mountains.  Gorgeous.  Just 58 in the bedroom when I woke with all the windows open of course.  I love cool weather.  It’s been warm during the days and cool at night – perfect.

The hibiscus is on our front stoop in a pot.  It was a house warming present from our friend Laura.  We keep it in the greenhouse during the winter and it has graced the porch with blossoms all summer.  The coral color looks great.

Fall brings the turkeys into our yard and into the woods next door to sleep.  We wake with gobbles echoing through the trees.  Turkeys sleep in trees!!  Who knew?  Not me!

There are usually 14 – 18 turkeys in a group.  There are usually 2-3 hens and the rest are youngsters.  One or two hens are “guard turkeys”.  They are very vigilant watching for threats.

One time I watched them cross our driveway.  The guards crossed and then went halfway back.  The youngsters then crossed the driveway while the crossing guards watched.  It cracked me up.

The youngsters are all over the place and still look a little scruffy.  But they are big birds!  And they can fly in short, fast bursts.

This is probably our last big moth to see since it’s getting cooler.  They fascinate me.

I still haven’t figured out what type it is.  It was 2 -3″ long and I never saw it all spread out.  There are two “eyes” – one on each under wing.  The top wings are very intricately mottled.

It really was beautiful and fluttered noisily on the screen around midnight a week ago.  It then trembled but wouldn’t spread its wings so we could get a full picture.  Marty was out there in his pjs taking the pictures and I was adjusting the window.

Anyone know the type??