This week's port of call is the Botanic Gardens of Washington, D.C.
Ships are adrift when they are moved about at the will of the wind and tide. In our journey, being adrift for us on our vessel, is a good thing as we sail down the seas and become lost in the waves of the ocean of our blanket stitches in blue and seafoam; colors that inspire our imaginations. Our skies are dotted with fluffy clouds that temper the bright sun whilest we are above board.
Our ship will dock in this week's port of call, at The Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C. Established by Congress in 1820, the United States Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in North America.
So many exotic flowers and fragrances will surround you during your visit to this gardener's haven, as it did our family.
You are first greeted by two of the loveliest water fountains to your left and to your right as you enter the main room. These fountains are bordered on all sides by ground florals and fruit trees.
In the first room you will come upon beautiful florals of all sorts. It is eye candy for anyone who is crazy over colors.
The purple colors of these delicate daisy-like flower simply pop up and out from their mint-green leaf bed to brightly greet you.
And, doesn't this fire-orange floral astonish the mind making one comtemplate over the beauty of these petals and how these colors demonstrate such passion in nature.
There are several more rooms one can visit but only about four rooms have been illustrated here on this post. At some point during the early summertime, I will write an in-depth post/tour of this garden and its' inhabitants. In the meantime, here are some photo shots of the various rooms in the garden.
This little guy,(the duck at the left of the screen), camoflaged by his environment and his own feather pattern, inhabits the center room which is much like a tropical greenhouse filled with many species of ferns and palm-like trees.
Another room that was and still is our favorite is the dinosaur room.
A curious stegasaurus can be found hiding in the ferns as he watches the tourists walk by.
And, if you look very carefully.... you may spot a dino egg...
or, two... This one has a lovely speckled shell. Such a treat for those of us who are dinosaur lovers!!
WATCH OUT!! You might find a crocodile lurking on a fallen tree stump, just waiting to take a bite. ( Visitors need not worry. This little guy won't bite at all. He is just a plaster replication of a croc.)
A very HOT spot is the desert room, an oasis of succulents and samples of plants that contain those pharmaceutical properties that provide us with the ingredients necessary to use in some medications that heal. It is a rather dry heat, so when the misting system turns on, some of the younger visitors stand under the misting heads to have a bit of hydration on their arms and faces.
One of the last two rooms is dedicated to orchids and elegant exotics that are very breathtaking.
After walking for two hours through this floral paradise, I think a floral fiber piece is in order, don't you? When the time is right, I would like to put together a Knit-Along and a Crochet-Along for a floral fantasy blanket. Lot's of planning and posting will be in order, so maybe this is a project for late summer or early fall (at harvest time).
Now, with a little time left, let me address this week's progress. I couldn't stop stitching this week. Due to the varying height of the stitches, I am getting lovely wave-like buckles in the fabric. Typically, buckling is a sign that one is stitching too tightly and needs to increase their hook size or just "loosen-up". But where the treble stitches are sitting alongside the double crochet stitches, the climb, (up to the treble from the double crochet below and, down to the double crochet from the treble crochet above), is a rather substantial height for a climb. In this pattern, it works to our advantage by creating that gentle buckle which in turn creates the 'wave-like' motion in the fabric.
In this, our fourth week, we have approximately 18 inches stitched.
But, do not feel pressured to keep up.
As I have said before, this is a relaxing journey. Depending on one's time and availability, 18 inches may not have been reached or maybe it has been exceeded. Go your own pace and enjoy yourself. That's an order, matee!♥♥.
The instructions are here throughout the whole crochet-along.
Here, my work is being examined by Meowth, my kitty, who I think is the real captain of this sailing tour. He's putting his foot down and demanding from me perfectionism in my measuring abilities. (you can't see the expression on his face) Oh well!!
So, my friends, I hope all is working well for you and you will join me next Saturday for another stop off, someplace special, on our SeaGlass and SeaShells afghan CAL.
Blessings to all!