The amaryllis that live outside are all blooming now. I do enjoy bringing them inside when they bloom so I grow them in pots. These are a few of my favorite.
The Clivia are also in full bloom.
Of course, yard work does not come without heart attack risks when one comes across something like this.
Thankfully, it is a non poisonous gopher snake, but it is the biggest one that I have ever seen and hope to never see it again.
One other garden news is that my big prickly pear cactus has a cochineal infestation on it. I am so excited about that as I am "dyeing" to try some eco-dyeing using them. Yesterday I harvested some of the insects and although I have not yet ground them down, the water turned such a pretty color when I boiled them before setting them out to dry.
There has been a bit of sewing going on too. The Gridster Bee block for April is a patriotic one for Nancy at Patchwork Breeze.
My turn for being the bee queen is coming up in June so I have been thinking about what to do. I played around a bit with this block.
Together they form stars in each corner. It might take some organization, but I do like the way it is growing. The pattern can be found HERE.
I am late in getting my BLooM block done this time, but done it is. The next one is due this weekend. Better get going on it.
Next Monday I will be participating in the Be a Diamond blog hop. That project is finished and I am excited to see all of the upcoming diamond projects.
Look at these cute carrot cakes. Wouldn't they be fun (and delicious) for a sewing party?
I hope all who celebrate have a blessed Easter.