Quilting, Farming, Variety

Friday, September 16, 2011

AKA Spider Legs

This flower is like the "lonely little petunia in an onion patch" since it's the only one of its kind to bloom in the flower bed this summer. It is a Cleome, aka spider legs around here. I've never had any luck with purchased seeds, but it self-seeds. I don't know how it got here; the others were grown in a different place last year. I'm hoping it self-pollinates because I'm going to save seeds; I don't want to lose this flower.

Thanks to everyone who grieved with me over my doll's black eyes. Mary, from over at Colony Mountain Stitcheries, who makes beautiful dolls, suggested that I put a few coats of Gesso over this face, sand it really good, and then repaint before throwing her out. So I've put two coats on and we'll see how it goes. Thanks, Mary.

Oh, by the way, it's trying to rain here today; now if it would only get serious about it! My little turnip green seeds are lying in the dust, just waiting.

Charlotte

10 comments:

  1. Your doll will be lovely. Your painting was wonderful, and I can only imagine what a beautiful dress you will make for her!

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  2. Pretty flowers :)

    I'm glad your giving your doll another try. I'd like to see her dress too!

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  3. Oh~ the flower is beautiful, Charlotte.
    Sounds like you may have some good advice for your doll... hope it works. I'll have to remember that trick.
    Hope your little greens get some rain!

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  4. What a beautiful flower. I don't think that kind grows in my area. Love those soft colors. I love your cute doll, hope you got her black eye cleared up! So cute! By the way, I answered your question about the closed buttonhole stitch by emailing you..........did you get the email........did it help you? blessings,Kathleen

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  5. They are beautiful flowers.....my brother has these at his home and I got seed from them last year but I forgot to plant them....so I will have to wait until next Spring.

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  6. Your doll will be pretty, I just know it will. I have never seen a flower like that or heard of one either. I pray you get some good beneficial rain really soon..

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  7. I purchased cleome once - I think it only survived a short time. It's a beautiful plant. Good luck with your seeds!
    And good luck with your doll's black eye too!

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  8. Love the cleome aka spider legs, I grew them once but sadly they weren't able to self sow. It's lovely to see where they will show up next year.

    Hope the doll turns out well, I am looking forward to seeing her.

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  9. I've never seen those flowers before, they are very pretty.

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  10. Granny grows them-for some reason they don't do good at my house. We call them spider plants : )

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