Thursday, March 31, 2011

Trilliums, Pets, Rainbows & Crocheted Flowers

Do you have Trilliums where you live?  They are wildflowers here in Oregon and they're just wonderful - you know it's really Spring when you see their bright white faces in the forest.  Hubby spotted these out our bedroom window and called me over to see, and I asked him if he'd take the camera into the woods and get some photos - the forest floor is soft and waterlogged, and he's enjoying photography more every day.  The purple flowers beyond them are "Vinca Minor" or more commonly called "Periwinkle".  They are taking over our forest so be careful if you plant them!
A lovely bunch of Trilliums!
 A closer view of the Periwinkles.
The Trillium below seems to be a different variety as the petals are narrow.  They thrive is shaded moist forest floors.

The blooms above are just opening up and will be big and pretty soon.

A story.. we used to have hundreds of these flowers but long ago a friend came over with her two little girls who were outside in the woods for a long time, and finally they came up to the back door with a wagon, HEAPED with Trillium flowers!  If picked, the Trillium will not bloom for 7 years or so!
The other day I looked out the kitchen window and saw the MOST brilliant rainbow ever, hubby ran out to get a photo - I must say the photo did not show the size and color of this but I thought it would be nice to show you.  See the Buff Orpington hen?  She gives us pinkish brown eggs, the Rhode Island Red lays darker brown eggs and the Ameracauna lays mint green eggs.  Love them!
I snapped this photo yesterday, our Cairn Terrier Buddy and Lucy the Tortoise Point Himalayan in one frame! Don't look at the bag of wood pellets in the chair, not pretty at all. :-)
I've made progress on my Japanese flower crocheted wrap.  Lots more to go, but wanted to share.  Which flower do you like the best?  My favorite is the yellow orange center, green and turquoise petals.  
This photo shows my Lucy bag, folded down to show the Drops Alpaca yarn.  
Close up to show the wonderful fuzzy, hairy organic-ness of this wonderful yarn.
Below my attempt of a soft drape of the wrap-in-progress over the bag of yarn. :-)
I can see that I'm going to love wearing this as it should go with every color of my mock turtles that I have and wear all Fall, Winter and Spring.  To me it looks like a bouquet of flowers of all colors.

I hope you all have had a good week and have fun plans for the weekend.  We've had a lovely, slow, home-y week, very relaxing.  This weekend will be the birthday celebration of our youngest grandson, Caleb.  I should have some fun photos of that soon!

Love the comments, keep them coming! ((hugs)) Teresa


  1. Hi Teresa!
    I am very bad at flowers names... but all your flowers are beautiful, today I had a day out with my mum and we enjoyed the trees with flowers.
    I like your wrap very much! is coming out very nice and it looks comfy and warm but very light!!
    Have a good weekend!

  2. I loved this post. The photographs of the spring flowers and the rainbow are beautiful. I love hearing about your Hens, they look as if they are spoilt with their beautiful house. I think the Queen Mother used to favour Buff Orpington eggs, I remember my Grandmother telling me. My 10 day old chicks arrived today, I feel like a new Mom as I am new to chicken keeping, they are very cute and in the living room. I am thinking of sleeping on the sofa tonight to make sure they are ok. I love the photograph with your cat and dog too, they are both photogenic :) xxx

  3. Oh such a lovely post, great photos! I don't know if we have this kind of flowers in our place, but I know it's beautiful! Your Japanese flowers are really gorgeous, love the colors you are choosing and can't wait to see how your scarf turns out! Amazing work! Hope you weekend is GREAT!!! x

  4. The Trilliums are really beautiful, too dry for them, and not enough shade, in our garden though.
    I like the turquoise flower with the sunny centre the best, it is going to be a wonderful flowery wrap.
    I do love rainbows, saw a fantastic one a few weeks ago, really should have grabbed the camera.
    Carol xx

  5. What a wonderful post! A bit of everything again :) I love the greens in your flower photographs it's so fresh and vibrant and your Japanese flowers are coming along brilliantly. Rachael Xx

  6. Such a lovely post! I love your wrap, have to agree on your favourite flower :) Everytime you show pictures of your surroundings I take a big sigh thinking how beautiful your corner of the world is... Lucy has that "Her Royal Highness"-look, and I absolutely love your Cairn terrier Buddy! Is he as very stubborn as I imagine him to be? :)
    Have a lovely day!

  7. I love those flowers, the crocheted ones and the outside real ones. I don't think I have ever seen Trilliums before, they are beautiful. It doesn't look like Spring here, we are getting snow again here, so I guess I get to enjoy Spring in your pictures. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see that shawl on you, it is gorgeous!

  8. What a perfect way to start my day. A little peek at your trillium and new crocheted flowers. Gotta love that Drops yarn. Off and running for tomorrow's departure. Will be checking in from FL.

  9. Good morning Teresa! Love your beautiful flowers - the real ones and the crocheted ones! Your wrap is looking stunning and your fur kids are adorable. You couldn't have asked for a better pose! I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with love and laughter!!

  10. Hello Teresa, Loved seeing your trillium and periwinkle photos. Soooooo pretty. That rainbow is so special. I love seeing rainbows, they are always so magical to me. The crocheted flowers are lovely. I like the same one you do, but they all look fabulous together!!! Hope you have a relaxing weekend and enjoy your grandson's birthday. xoRobin❤

  11. What a fun and colorful post. Your shawl is coming along nicely, the yarn looks very soft. Enjoy your weekend! :-)

  12. All of your flowers are so beautiful. Your shawl is coming along nicely, I love the colors and the alpaca yarn is really beautiful to work withisn't it? My grey version is coming along nicely and I am loveing the yarn so much. Thanks for sharing everything with us Teresa, have a wonderful day,

  13. Lovely post and photos Teresa, I am not sure I have seen trilliums before, they are lovely...perhaps a bit like a hellebore? It's lovely to see the rain on the leaves, so soft and the rainbow...beautiful! Enjoy your crafting.
    Jane x

  14. Your Japanese flower shawl is looking pretty, very colourful and the yarn does look lovely ad soft.

    My Mum has a trillium in her garden, they're quitre rare here so she's very proud of it.


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