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Friday, August 28, 2015

Wildflower Wednesday, In a Vase on Monday, August 28,2015

Welcome to my last post of August, summer is swiftly approaching an end.  Fires are still burning in parts of Washington, hopefully they will be out soon.  The weather seems to be cooling some.  Today I am linking with-

Wildflower Wednesday hosted by Gail

Orange You Glad It's Friday hosted by Maria

Skywatch Friday hosted by Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Some Golden Sunset

My arrangement this week for In a Vase on Monday is a small one in a rippled top glass vase.  It features a late-blooming OGR (Old Garden Rose) that has fantastic fragrance and lots of petals, polyantha Clothilde Soupert.  The 1.5" / 3.7cm blooms open nicely in dry weather, like now, but tend to ball in wet weather.  Red rose is either Francis Dubreuil or Eugene du Beauharnais, another OGR.  To go with the red rose, I added Berberis thunbergii, and a favorite annual for containers, Browallia americana.





And now some Alstroemerias from the Fair, I think they are so pretty but didn't succeed with them the one time I tried to grow one.


The little Woodland Skippers, Ochlodes sylvanoides, have returned to the garden, they have not seemed quite as friendly this year but I did get close to one, they are not large and colorful but I like their large eyes and hooked antennae, and the way they hold their wings like a fighter plane-


My wildflower of the month is Vernonia fasciculata, reliably blooming again in very dry conditions, where some of my other wildflowers have not.  It stands 4' / 1.3m above the ground, a nice spot of long-lasting color.

Gaillardias have also impressed me with their blooming their first year, I started them in the fall last year.   I do want to find some that would bloom lower to the ground.

What wildflowers are blooming for you?       Hannah



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Monday, August 24, 2015

In a Vase on Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Monday again, time for In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy of Rambling in a Garden.   Despite the drought and the terrible fires in my state, Washington, there are flowers.



My flowers are OGR rose Monsieur Tillier, Coreopsis lanceolata, Chaste tree flower, Champney's Pink Cluster rose, Lonicera nitida branches, and Elaeagnus ebbingei silverberry leaves with the silver undersides mostly showing.  The vase is one I made in my former pottery days, slab, I liked to do the pinched sides for a rather organic form.


I haven't been into cutting flowers much  because they last longer on the bush, but I decided they are memorialzied in the photos, and can be enjoyed in the off season as well.

What flowers appeal to you today in a vase?

Hannah

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Container flowers and Vegetables, August 22, 2015

Welcome to my blog, today I am seeing a smoky haze in the air, but the nearest Washington fire I can find on fire alerts is perhaps 68 miles away.   The Northwest is in trouble, perhaps it was our turn for a disaster.  But though this world has tribulation, I have a safe harbor, because my feet are on the Rock of Ages.

Today I am linking with-

Orange You Glad It's Friday hosted by Maria

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

From the Farm Hop hosted by Stoney Acres

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Some of my container flowers are blooming.  The tropical Milkweed I overwintered in the house continues to bloom, with Browallia americana-

Another plant with Polygonum capitata-


The Coreopsis tinctoria 'Dwarf Red' trails nicely in a pot-

But one of the plants turned out to be the very tall Coreopsis tinctoria with the red center-

Fortunately, Browallia americana has gotten very tall also-


A second Browallia speciosa with larger flowers has started to bloom, but they are not as enchantingly pleated-


A visitor found sleeping in a flower-


Fuchsia magellanica 'David' has proven to be tougher than most-

What has been fruiting in my yard this week?  It is the tail end of the blueberry harvest, a wonderfully productive evergreen blueberry, I'm not sure which, either Legacy, Sunshine Blue, or Misty.

A delightful zucchini, Cocozelle, makes enormous 4.5 lb / 2kg, I like them big, but they can be slightly seedy or have a slightly tougher skin-

Tomatoes are finally getting ripe, soon there will be a deluge, I started some seeds I hadn't grown for quite a few years so I wouldn't lose them, clockwise from the top, Saucy, Dix Doights, Ropreco-

Today is the birthday of my next younger sister, when I was 5 years old I performed my first haircut on her.  I'm reminded of this because my 5 year old grandson cut his own hair.  Here we had to close our eyes to get a treat.

Hannah 

or cameras are macro


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

GBBD, Fruitful August 15, 2015

Today I am linking with

Skywatch Friday hosted by Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia

Orange You Glad It's Friday hosted by Maria

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy

Someone to watch over me-

It's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day again, join hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, link above,  to see what is blooming in other gardens.   Rozanne hardy geranium is going strong-


Coreopsis lanceolata-


Gaillardia 'Tokajer'-

The Rose of Sharons are blooming, here.  Some roses are still blooming sporadically, Monsieur Tillier, here for In a Vase on Monday, with Coreopsis, Chaste tree bloom, a sprig of Euphorbia cyparassias (cut with caution, harmful milky sap), Fireweed, and Ageratum.  The container is a globe that was cherished by my mother-in-law's family, stabilized by a pot I made.




What's fruiting now is also interesting to me, probably Zelma Zesta (or maybe Rattlesnake) and Uncle Steve's pole beans-

Grandma Robert's purple pole beans-

Insuk's Wang Kong Runner Beans-

Green Seedless grapes-

Glenora seedless grape-

Another pigeon from the fair, this one can strut like a peacock-


What's blooming and fruiting for you?   Hannah

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fun at the Fair August 8, 2015

The county fair is on now, I enjoy looking at the flowers and quilts in particular.  Today I am linking with-

Orange You Glad It's Friday hosted by Maria

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

Some newer flowers blooming now in my garden are the Rose of Sharons, Hibiscus syriacus,
one is a 10' / 3.5m tree grown from a cutting I received in an exchange.


Next is one that looks very similar, 'Minerva', which is only 3' tall.


They are special to me because this same color bloomed in my Grandpa's garden in South Carolina when I lived with them briefly at ages 4-5.  Even then I noticed all the flowers.

My Heart Leaps Up

My heart leaps up when I behold 
   A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began; 
So is it now I am a man; 
So be it when I shall grow old, 
   Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety

William Wordsworth, 1770 - 1850

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/my-heart-leaps

A cute pigeon entry at the fair, while I think he is adorable, I wonder what physiological price he has to pay for the genetic manipulation that created his upright form-

A fancy orange and red Dahlia from the fair-

A quilt design from the fair that I find interesting, I don't know what it's called but there seem to be a lot of variations-

Part of another quilt with a similar design element, which do you notice first, the light patterns or the dark patterns-


My entry for this week joins up with other cut flowers arrangements for In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.


I like it with my kitchen tiles-

The glass ball vase requires small flowers.  They are Ageratum, Fireweed, Chaste tree, and geranium oxonianum flowers, and Euphorbia cyparissias foliage.  Be careful and wear gloves if you cut Euphorbia foliage, the milky sap can cause allergies or eye damage.

What do you like to see at the fair?     Hannah

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