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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blue Macro Monday, November 18, 2013

Welcome to my Monday post.   Today I am linking with-

Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma Wiseman

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Ruby Tuesday too  hosted by Gemma Wiseman, now updated

More blue tiles from my kitchen, this is over the stove, the black rope tiles around the perimeter I glazed and fired myself.  When taking the photos I got to thinking maybe I should have tried to match the cherry tile glaze, but that might have been difficult.  See the counter tiles with iridescent glass here.

This is Amber Ghost, the early leaves are amber with red veins, amber green in summer, then becomes more amber again in autumn until it becomes a glorious flaming red.


I missed a couple of flowers for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day the 15th.  Eupatorium (Conoclinium) coelestinum, Blue Mistflower, is blooming still in its first year, but I have it under a plastic plant umbrella for protection, hoping to let it ripen seeds.  The Blue Mistflowers I have posted are progressively more open, some here are turning brown, hopefully ripening seeds.   It likes moist to wet soils.  Butterflies and other pollinators like them.

Achillea millefolium 'Cassis' is also blooming in the open.  We have had some frosts.

So there are flowers after frost, for a while at least.   I am also restless to get some plants started for next year so they will bloom earlier, and also have some seeds that need to be stratified in the refrigerator for a month or more, so I am already sowing seeds and will report on them as they come up.   -Hannah

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54 comments:

  1. Hi Hannah! I'm visiting for the Blue Monday blog hop but what I love here in your post are the glorious flaming red leaves of the Amber Ghost plant! Red is my favorite color ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I just wish it were that color all summer, my son's tree is a nice red all the time.

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  2. Some great shots. Congrats on those rope tiles. Happy Blue Monday!

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    1. Thanks, they came out very well. It was a fun project.

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  3. And I agree with Maria Kristina, those leaves are simply gorgeous. You should enter them in Festival of Leaves (http://festivalofleaves.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/festival-of-leaves-week-8/) and say I sent you. Verena will make you very welcome.

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  4. Hi Hannah
    You have some really interesting flowers, I love the Blue Mistflower. You have inspired me to do the spring season in my garden, only a few more weeks and then it's summer no more frost for us for a while - yippee!
    Happy Blue Monday!
    Wren x

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    1. How wonderful to be experiencing spring now. I imagine chasing spring and summer to the Southern hemisphere by traveling to New Zealand or Australia in my fall, then coming back here for spring and summer too. Probably I would regret not having some seasons of rest and relaxation to balance out the growing season. But it sounds like fun.

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    2. I visited you blog but could not comment because I don't do Google+, perhaps you could offer open comments as well.

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  5. Wonderful photos! This red of the tree is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Mary, it's my best fall color.

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  6. Beautiful pictures, what a treat to see these beautiful flowers and red leaves, very good!

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    1. Thanks, Leovi, I always admire your bright colors and fluid compositions.

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  7. I love your flame red maple.......it must look stunning in real life!

    Enjoy your week,
    Ruby

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    1. It did, now it made a red carpet on the ground.;-)

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  8. Wow, beautiful l flowers, that red is stunning.

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    1. Thanks, Riet, I like your duckweed and weeping trees, water photos, and unbelievable cloud formations.

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  9. Morning Hannah,

    What a spectacular tree; it reminds me of a red maple.

    I love your blue tile. It's just the right contrast.

    Happy Blue Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Sally! Iwish it were that color all the time.

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  10. Gorgeous red tree ~ great shot and love the blue tile ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I enjoyed your blue moonscape.

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  11. The acer (?) tree is truly spectacular!

    Thanks for stopping by too!

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    1. Thanks, Lola. What an adorable fluffy dog!

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  12. Beautiful series! I love the red leaves.

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, I enjoy the bright color but they didn't last long on the tree. At least this year I got a good photo before they fell off!

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  13. Only four months in our new place and so much to do. I'm picking up ideas from you. The kitchen needs to be warmed up, iridescent tiles might be the solution. Looking for plants which thrive in the wet conditions. Blue Mistflower has gone on my list. My thoughts are now on Fall color. I'm drooling over Amber Ghost. Must have.

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    1. Thanks Susan! Congratulations on your new home, it's exciting to fix things up the way you want them. I looked at so many tiles for so long before I made up my mind, I have a weakness for blue and for iridescence. I'm going to post more tile shots next week. I'm really impresses with the Blue Mistflower blooming the first year, so many perennials don't. I have to say that while Amber Ghost looks great in the photo, it is mostly green in summer, and the Japanese Maple I have plant lust over is the one at my son's house with marvelous form and red color all summer, really beautiful. I don't know what it is, I googled Japanese Maples with red color in summer, Fireglow was a suggestion, and I'm sure there are others.

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  14. Your tiles are nearly as spectacular as your garden.

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    1. Thanks, Ricki, I enjoy them both. The weather report is scary though, down to 28*F in a couple of nights. Ouch!

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  15. Great pics and plants as always, Hannah. I`ve had some success with blue mist flower taken from the wild. Colors are spectacular!

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    1. Thanks, Randy! I'm looking forward to seeing how it will do next year.

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  16. Loved your post of pretty flowers.

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    1. Thanks, Pat, your movie of the dogs shaking water off is such a riot! LOL

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  18. Wow, you did an excellent job with those tiles and they look so pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Joy, it was fun to lay tiles and see it all come together, and fun to look at them now.

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  19. Beautiful photos !
    Greetings, RW & SK

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    1. Thanks, it's fum to see what is still blooming this late in November, but our temperatures are supposed to go to 28*F so maybe it will be the end, except for the super hardy.

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  20. Oh how lovely! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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    1. Thanks, Laura, and thanks for hosting!

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  21. Beautiful series! Love the colors!

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  22. Super colours, specially the crimson leaves. Lovely to meet you on my comments too. Greetings from Jean

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    1. Thanks for returning the visit, Nancy!

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  23. Lovely leaves and flowers - even after frosts.

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    1. Thanks, Villrose. This week the temperatures are going down to 27*F or so, so maybe there won't be any left....

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  24. Gorgeous flowers ! Nice to see when it's cold and grey outside !

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    1. Thanks, Gattina, we are getting cold temperatures now so I don't know what will be blooming next month.

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  25. What pretty flowers. Those red leaves are certainly brilliant!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa, I enjoyed them. I liked looking at the photos of your llama, so magnificent!

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  26. Wonderful photos of the different flowers and the tree. I like the red leaves most.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  27. Amber Ghost is stunning! I planted seeds for Blue Mistflower this fall--I don't know if they'll bloom in their first year, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they will do. They're in a very moist part of my garden. Lovely, lovely photos!

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  28. Thanks! I actually bought a Blue Mistflower plant last spring but it failed to grow; but 5 tiny seedlings came up in the pot and proceeded to grow, then I transplanted them into separate pots then planted them out and one of them bloomed, so I would say they could bloom the first year. I have a plant umbrella over it and hope it will be able to set seeds even though it has frosted.

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