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Monday, August 15, 2016

In A Vase On Monday, Sizzle and Silver, August 15, 2016

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For In a Vase on Monday, answering hostess Cathy's challenge to find some flowers to plonk in a vase, I got rather carried away after not posting for a while, since I was inspired by some new vases I just poured and fired, this one I had to deconstruct and rearrange upside down to experiment with adding holes in the top, which had been the bottom, so I could play around with using them for arrangements.  I poured glaze in through the holes for the inside so it worked out OK.

I tried one vase of short stems of some hot summer colors, with Crocosmia 'montbretia', Coreopsis, Oxeye daisy, and deep magenta Lychnis coronaria-


Then I tried a fluffy arrangement of Monarda 'Panorama', I liked the effect with the short fluffy flowers in the holes.  I was surprised that in this photo the flower centers seem to match the heirloom silver glaze-

I'm drying some flowers and leaves to try them as a tea.

I couldn't resist another vase of some sizzling summer colors- ground cover rose Red Ribbons has a lovely ripple to the petals and this is all one sizzling spray; Crocosmia 'montbretia'; and a peachy  cactus Dahlia-



 Hard to see but fitting the color palette are small flowers of Gaillardia 'Sundance' and Coreopsis 'Route 66'-

And another vase with the peachy Dahlias, a gladiolus, and Crocosmia 'montbretia'-


I succeeded in getting earlier bloom from my Dahlia which I leave in the ground over the winter this year after very late October bloom last year, by inverting a plastic bin over the plant during the winter, though the other Dahlia of equal size last year that I treated the same way did not respond well but had very few stems come up this year and is still quite small.

And to show that my main emphasis in gardening is actually fruits and vegetables, I will throw in a photo of some of my pears that are especially abundant this year-

Summer is flitting by, I hope you are enjoying lots of flowers and fruits as well.    Hannah




Monday, June 27, 2016

On the trail again June 26, 2016

I'm posting again, I had my first eye injection treatment of Avastin to hopefully shrink the erratic blood vessel in my eye that is causing the vision problem.  No change yet, but not as bad as I anticipated, and I did read a lot of good experiences by other patients.

Today I am linking with-

Today's flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

I'd Rather B' Birdin' hosted by Hootin' Anni'

In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher


A few different birds have been visiting my deck for seeds.  One I've seen in the neighborhood but not on the deck is the darling bright American Goldfinch, so cute-

Another that at first seemed like a Spotted Towhee but more colorful is the Black-Headed Grosbeak-

I am featuring some Clematis this week, they started blooming in mid May with my sympatico combination of 'Niobe' and the climbing rose Sombreuil, totally an accident that they bloom at the same time-


I love those magnificent Old Garden Rose Sombreuil blooms-

Next Clematis to bloom is 'Sugar Candy', who has outdone herself in long bloom this year-

Clematis jackmanii is blooming now,  I find it curious that the petal number ranges from 4 to 6-

The tiny bells of Clematis integrifolia have been opening on the congested vines-


The wonderful Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea' has the longest bloom season of them all-


An earlier vase of flowers has the pink rose Monsieur Tillier, a cerise Achillea, small purple clusters of Ceanothus 'Victoria', and some frothy chartreuse flowers of Lady's Mantle-



For In A Vase On Monday this week, to answer hostess Cathy's challenge to find flowers to plonk in a vase, I used yellow 'Julia Child', which has a marvelous myrrh fragrance; the fantastic red climber 'Dublin Bay' which is long-lasting in the vase or on the plant; the very large 'Apricot Nectar'; the little and abundant white 'Madame Plantier'; and foliage of Lonicera nitida.


My main gardening interest is actually my vegetables, I've been picking lots of edible-podded snap peas, and am just starting to pick some fava beans.  Strawberries have been tapering off and some raspberries and blueberries are ripening.  What delightful edibles are gracing your garden?

I'm sad to have the summer solstice pass, since the days start getting shorter again.  My latest night before to come in from the garden was 9:49pm but tonight it was 9:24pm.  I'm close to getting all the vegetable beds planted though, with lots of beans.some pole beans are about at the shoulder level in their race for the top of the trellis, and there are red flowers about to bloom on some of the runner beans.  The hummingbirds will be happy.  Hannah


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Clear Vision In A Vase On Monday May 23, 2016

Welcome to my blog, May is living up to all expectations for glorious flowering, indeed many flowers are 2-3 weeks early, like the roses.  So the easiest flowers to choose today for my Monday vase for the addictive meme, with the challenge to find flowers in your garden to plonk into a vase, hosted by Cathy of Rambling in the Garden, are of course roses.  15 or so years ago I collected a lot of Old Garden Roses (OGRs), from various sellers of own-root roses, including the fabulous Sequoia Nursery owned by Ralph Moore, hybridizer as well, who ran his nursery until over 100 years of age, and who had an amazing variety.  I also collected a lot of minis when Justice Roses went out of business.  I'm sad to say that I lost most of the mini's, I think rabbits ate many of them down to nubs in the winter.  For a while they made a delightful miniature rose garden.

Today I am linking with-

Today's flowers hosted by Denise

In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy


Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

For my first vase I am using a newer rose, the very fragrant Scentimental, striped roses were another collection of mine.  Also newer Dublin Bay, a gorgeous deep red climber which also lasts a long time on the plant or in a vase but mine has no fragrance.  It was a slow grower but is big now.  Also in the vase is an OGR, Reve d'or, which gets paler as it ages.  The vase is Delft, not very visible, from a garage sale-



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Reve d'Or outdid herself this year-


My second vase includes a red Rhododendron, another major May-blooming species.  The red ones bloom last and are not as vigorous for some reason, but are also planted in poor shady locations. The vase is one passed on from my mother-in-law, with its own rose decorations.   Also in the vase are the fragrant OGR Hybrid Perpetual Baronne Prevost- the larger bloom with the quartered pattern, and the very prolific but rather short-lived in a vase Old Tea Monsieur Tillier, which lives up to its reputation of being very tough flourishing in spite of being planted on our inhospitable front bank-



Another unbelievably vigorous and productive bloomer is Madame Plantier, an Alba hybrid.  She was hard to deal with but The Motorcyclist built me a large trellis enclosure for her with some cut tree branches that does well to hold the canes up.


Another tough rose that manages to flourish on my unwatered front bank is the OGR Rambler Celine Forestier, not only covered with small flowers now but one that will repeat bloom occasionally all the way to fall.  The buds start out a lovely peach color and fade to white-


 Here in a charming little vase from the thrift store-

The vase makes me think of weddings, so I am including a photo of my son when he was in my sister's wedding at the age of 5, I made his vest, bow tie and short pants-

He is now a computer programmer and has 5 kids ages 4-13.

Well, in closing I have to say that I've learned the hard way that the blue light of computer screens and TV's has a detrimental effect on the back of the eye, and have developed some problems related to Age Related Macular Degeneration, so an obvious thing I can do to help slow down or stop this process is to do less on my computer, though I try to use UVEX golden yellow glasses over my reading glasses to filter out the blue light, when I remember to use them. Anyway the result is that I am going to drop out of regular participation in the weekly blogging world, though it has been fun to have a creative outlet, and meet so many other fun bloggers.  To use my time otherwise I'm trying to get back into regularly playing my keyboard and even hopefully get better as an accompanist.  My paternal grandmother Edith was my childhood inspiration, she was a concert caliber performer of Chopin and Beethoven music, which I got to enjoy as a child when she visited.  She was my inspiration to play the piano.  She was also a church organist and taught music lessons, in fact she was walking home from her bus stop from teaching a lesson on the last day of her life when she fell and had a stroke and passed on at around 81, what a way to go.  She is probably making beautiful music in Heaven, one of my fond memories is playing my violin with her to the song, Jerusalem, the Holy City.  So have fun out there in blogging world, I appreciate all of you who have followed me and faithfully visited and commented here, I will miss you, and perhaps come back to write occasionally.   -Hannah

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Perks of Procrastination, May 16, 2016

It seems procrastination can have some perks.  Last summer I put my Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) in a sunnier place than usual and it surprised me with some very big strapping leaves.  I brought it indoors for the winter but left it by my south-facing sliding glass door and forgot about it until after Christmas, so it got put in the dark late.  But I did get it out and it rewarded me with 2 bloom stalks instead of one.  So for In A Vase On Monday, hosted by Cathy who challenges us to find flowers to decorate our homes, I posed it behind a Christmas cactus also with unseaonably late second blooms-

I also posed a pair from my duck collection and a Chinese boat I made with them, as though floating in the arms of the plants.

The Amaryllis is very Christmasy, but there was a lot going on then anyway.  It is fun to have it bloom now.

Another unusual bloom is from one of 5 Streptocarpus plants I actually grew from seed this year.  The seeds were very tiny, pelleted, and I was amazed that they actually sprouted, minute little green specks that grew and eventually all got transplanted into their own pots.  I was amazed to see a bloom already on one, and it proceeded to have one flower, which was fading when two more bloomed-

I like the green glow in the throat of the blooms.  A couple more of the 5 plants are also sending up a bud.  It will be interesting to see what the other flowers look like.

And now for a vase of roses from my group of once-blooming Gallica roses, Leda damask-

Tuscany Superb-

And Belle de Crecy-

So now for my actual Monday vase, Gallicas with a magenta iris-

It seems the Gallicas have rather floppy and uncooperative stems, thus this petulant pose-

A couple of other irises in the general magenta category-

Plicata?
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For Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming around the world.  Here the roses and irises are a couple of weeks early, and the Rhododendrons, Geums, Geraniums, Columbines, and Calla lilies are blooming.  Spring bulbs are long gone, as well as the fruit trees.

And from the plant section that earns their keep, the hard-working bunch, are some Fava plants blooming and hopefully forming some nice pods, as well as some peas.  I planted some in February then  filled in some more in March, supported with tomato cages and bamboo-

I'm also linking today with- 

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

Are any surprise flowers blooming for you today?   -Hannah