For all my snowbound friends I felt the need to post photos I took last weekend at the Huntington Library. We've had warm weather (in the upper 70's) and nice cool evenings, so the flowers are in abundance. The Iris above was so beautiful, its petals rendered me speechless (quite an accomplishment, do I hear the men out there thinking where can I get me some of those?).
This kale shared it's bed with other beauties and I loved how there was a soft rose tint in the middle beckoning me to draw a little closer and stare into the depths, do you see the little specks of green? The Japanese Gardens at the Huntington is very popular and the maturity of this garden gives it a majesty. The Huntington recently installed a Chinese Garden, but it needs time to mature, it feels like its missing something and I just can't put my finger on it. All of the gardens at the Huntington are lovely, each special in their own way, I'll be sure to take more photos to share with you, maybe the Cactus garden should be next? I've been knitting up a storm and am beginning to learn how to use this camera, I am hoping to find a better place to take the photos, the sun is still pretty harsh and most of my photos were not great. The slouchy hat above is for Melanie who sometimes can squeeze me in with my hair stylist (its almost like winning the lotto). She has always gone out of her way and takes such good care of me that I thought a hat or two would be a simple way to express my appreciation for all she does for me. One of my co-workers Olga has always loved my knitting, we share coffee from my little coffee pot every morning (Pete's Coffee - yum) and she's been teaching me little phrases in Spanish. Always kind hear-ted so this neck scarf is for her. I gave it to her just after I took this photo and she tried it on right away! I sometimes feel a little selfish, it gives me such great joy to give someone something I've made, even anonymously - it doesn't matter, just makes my heart smile. The last hat is knitted from Baby Alpaca and is so soft and squishy, I'm sending it to Marie who is the dog breeder for my three Standard Poodles, she shared her knowledge and given me so many tips on caring for my dogs and I just can't thank her enough.
Last of all I am so happy to be blogging with photos again. I do hope to take better photos of my knitting as I study the manual that came with my camera and experiment with the settings - so there's still hope for me yet! I just realised that I gave very little details about my knitting - I guess it's the excitement of it all and promise I'll do better on the next post.