I got this much of Michael Powell's Cottage Garden I finished before I left Nevada. I didn't try to continue in San Francisco because I didn't have the proper sunlight or enough time to tackle the next section. One of the reasons I loved this piece was because of the layering of the different greens throughout the picture. I was just about to continue the next section of shrubbery just below the gray shadow on the left when I noticed that the called for green almost matched the light green in the shrub above it. Time to regroup and rethink.
The model showed a dark shrub (shading to a brighter green at the bottom) followed by a lighter shrub at the very bottom. In Maui I had the sunlight and the room to spread out all the colors and decide where to go from here. One of the problems I now have is that I am running out of some greens. I don't think I could have matched the model exactly and still have enough of the various greens to properly finish the trees on the right. So I went with a darker green for the middle shrub and made a blended thread with the two threads I was using in the darker bush. The bottom shrub is much lighter than the model, but I have a lot of those colors left since the chart shows the trees at the right all stitched with this color rather than banded as the model shows. As long as I get the feeling of the piece correct and use most of the greens somewhere, I think the mood of the stitched piece will be right.
I thought I would get a lot more stitching done here, but I am spending a lot of time reading Neil Stephenson's Anathem, all 900+ pages of it. I am about two thirds of the way through and am still enjoying it. I don't recommend it unless you like a lot of philosophical dialogue. This is a book for geeks about geeks. We are also watching DVDs from Netflix about Spain and Portugal. Yes, we have guide books, but the DVDs give us a good feeling about the scale of the places we will be visiting next month.
My plan is to keep working on Cottage Garden today and tomorrow. On Friday I will switch back to Bothy's Rocket for the monthly Stitch-A-Long and I still have my Christmas ornaments for the trip back to the mainland on Monday.