Last Saturday our guild had a workshop conducted by Pam and Susan of Praiseworthy Stitches. They were teaching us about 2 historic schoolgirl samplers from North Carolina. This was my first workshop and I must say it was fantastic. So well organized, fun and informative. I chose to start stitching on the Trexler Sisters Sampler first. It was stitched by what is believed to be 2 sisters - each sister stitched one half of the sampler and then the two halves were sewn together.
Here is my meager start.
The garden is still going gangbusters. The cherry tomato, cucumber, and peas have now reached the top of the 5 foot trellis. I have been harvesting lettuce almost every other day but with the heat last week I think it is done.
I kept losing my yellow squash but with the help of Dr. Google I was able to determine that they simply weren't being pollinated. We just don't have an abundance of bees around here. Did you know there are male and female blooms on a squash plant? If a bee doesn't visit the male bloom and then deposit the pollen in the female bloom, the squash doesn't grow and just shrivels up. So....I tuned in to a You Tube video about hand pollinating squash and I am hand pollinating my plants. The 2 yellow squash I pollinated last Monday are now thriving.
Please be careful when using insecticides and such in your gardens. I know I am going to be much more careful in the future. In speaking with some other gardeners in the area they are having the same problem...no bees to pollinate their vegetables.
This week I harvested my first zucchini. I am going to marinade it along with some yellow squash I purchased at the farmers market and grill it up today.
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and staying cool! I think I'll go stick my head in the freezer for a while now. :o)