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Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Fall Blooms, Fragrance, Fruit October 17, 2014

More fall Blooms, fall fragrance, even some fall fruit.

Today I am linking with-

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

There is one plant in my yard with a wonderful wafting fragrance in the fall, the evergreen shrub Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Variegata'.   It has tiny white flowers, a good indicator of their wonderful fragrance-

And neat variegated leaves that look good in flower arrangements-

It is also known as a Silverberry, because the underside of the leaf is silvery, and can have an edible small berry in a milder climate than mine -

A stink bug posed on my deck- **after posting I just looked this bug up and it turns out it is a foreign invader from Asia, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, that is particularly bad for eating fruits.   I should have smashed it.  They look for crevices to overwinter so I will have to watch for them.

A stalwart bloomer is this Dahlia, it has been blooming for three years without being dug in the winter.  Perhaps being on the east side of the house affords it some protection from cold frosts.



The Coreopsis 'Sunburst' keeps blooming a little.  

I was weeding and discovered a tall lonely remnant of a Fuchsia 'David' I thought was long gone.

The leaves of Dioscorea batatas make hearts, like many vines.

Hardy Geranium 'Rozanne' doesn't know when to quit.


Geranium oxonianum has a couple of late blooms.

The heather Daboecia cantabrica 'Atropurpurea' with flowers like little purple balloons is making quite a splash of color on my ramp-


The hardy Kiwi's, Actinidia arguta 'Ananasnaya' are finally getting soft,

A few photos of the October 8 Eclipse of the moon, taken between 1 to 4 am.  After this point the moon was obscured by trees as viewed from my house.



The Eclipse was difficult to photograph since the moon was moving and it was hard to find a vantage point for my camera on a tripod on different parts of my deck, looking between various trees.    This eclipse is part of a Tetrad of lunar eclipses happening in 2014 and 2015 both years on the Jewish feasts of Passover and Sukkot.   Lunar Eclipse Tetrads occuring on Jewish feasts are very rare and coincide with significant prophetic events concerning the nation of Israel, and indeed the world.   Lots of information is available on the internet about this topic.

I'm sure there are better photos out there on the web, but I hope you enjoy mine, especially if you didn't get to see it yourself.     -Hannah

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78 comments:

  1. Hi Hannah, gorgeous Fall flowers and your moon shots are neat too. Thanks so much for sharing with Today's Flowers, and have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks, Denise, I hope the fall continues mild for quite a while. Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Wow you got some great shots. I enjoyed this visit. Thanks for coming and seeing my Tea party! Have a great Saturday.

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    1. Thanks, the little girls were so cute. I am happy to still have flowers to photograph.

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  3. Hi Hanna, back again to thank you for identifying my poke plant. I always wondered what that was and hadn't been able to ID it, so thank you again.

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  4. Hannah, you have a natural sight, but, the moon is special, I love it.

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    1. Thanks, Bob, I so enjoy your special photography, I wish I had the equipment to do a better job.

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    1. Thanks, it's amazing how macro photography makes small insects a lot more interesting.

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  6. Hello Hannah! The flowers are beautiful. You must have a lovely garden.. We have been seeing the awful stink bugs here too. They really do stink! The moon shots are just amazing, the blood moon is gorgeous.. Wonderful series! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, I'm enjoying the late bloom but also spend a lot of time weeding. At least I don't have to weed beds much anymore but am cutting all the blackberry vines to the ground in all the areas where we can't mow, so that will take me all fall perhaps. Thanks for hosting!

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  7. Hannah, I remember having those stink bugs in the fall, and how I hated stepping on one! Lovely flowers.

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    1. What bugs me is when I am picking berries and the stink bugs beat me there with their personal fragrance.

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  8. Pretty dahlias Hannah. I see your kitty in there.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, you get first prize for observational skills, I was wondering if anyone would see her.

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  9. I love that Elaeagnus. I've enjoyed the fragrance of one of its parents, Elaeagnus pungens. Great shots of the lunar eclipse!

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    1. Thanks, Evan, the Elaeagnus makes fall more enjoyable. I liked all your orchids, very special.

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  11. The dahlias are my favorites in this post and the bug is very cool. Have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, I'm pleased that they keep blooming so strong. I liked your snakes. SSSS.

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  12. Some flowers do just seem to hang on - I suppose it's just about differences between individuals. I have to say I smiled when I saw one of your pictures have been 'photo-bombed' by your cat!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Yes, she's a sneaky kitty. I like being surprised by extra bloom on the Dahlias.

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  13. Lovely flowers in this post and I loved seeing the Shield Bug. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, the bugs are getting scarcer. I enjoyed your wonderful zebra photos.

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  14. So beautiful flowers and dahlias, where flowers are the insects.
    Great pictures, great Sunday.

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    1. Thanks, Marit, it was actually a hot sunny day today, then several days of rain are predicted, so the nice fall weather continues and should make the plants happy a little longer.

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  15. Great images of the moon's eclipse. I too was out in the dark photographing the event.

    You have KIWI fruit? Lucky you.
    Love the fuchsia and I think that plant at the very top...is it a hoya? The blossoms and leaves are so very close...we have them here as house plants.

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    1. Thanks, Anni, I enjoyed your photos too. It's very tricky repeatedly adjusting a broken tripod. I propped it with my garbage can lid and the railing on the deck a couple of times.

      The top plant has the common name Silverberry, a large shrub, the flowers are kind of in clusters but not from a single stem or waxy like a Hoya. I'm going to have some Hoya photos soon though.

      The Kiwi's are hardy ones, kind of grape or marble size instead of big and fuzzy like the regular warmer climate kiwi's. They don't have to be peeled, taste about the same, and don't keep very well but can be frozen.

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  16. Beautiful flowers...love your photos! You grow kiwi!? How wonderful! The stink bug made me smile! Gorgeous blood moon shots! This second one of the Tetrad was obscured from our vision here because of overcast skies. I posted the info about the four coming on Jewish holy days and the significance as well. Exciting in one way...worrisome in another! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Marie, the kiwis are small hardy ones, not big fuzzy ones. They don't need to be peeled. The shield bugs with their eyes on the side of their head seem to have a comical expression to me. I'm excited to see what comes about, especially after the 2015 Sukkot eclipse.

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  17. Oh Hannah what beautiful flowers especially that dahlia...and the blood moon is glorious.

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    1. Thanks, Donna, fall flowers ease the pain of losing the growing season. I was happy with the color of the blood moon, too.

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  18. Lovely blooming, especially Miss Rozanne and the the Dahlia. Thanks for leaving heartwarming words on my blog. Yes, my blue flowers are Gentiana. Love them:)

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    1. Thanks, Jannibele, Rozanne is so wonderful. I'm really hoping my Gentians I planted last spring will bloom next year. They have been spreading out some.

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  19. Thanks for sharing your eclipse photos, I didn't get to see it. Love that Dahlia too, my favorites are the two-tone ones like that. I always leave my Dahlias in the ground, with good drainage they always come back.

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    1. You're welcome, Alison, it helps that I'm a night owl. I like so many Dahlias, I manage to lose some over the winter, so I'm happy when one makes it and blooms too.

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  20. Lovely series of photos Hannah...... Wonderful to have fragrant blooms at this time of year......your dahlia is a beautiful colour.

    Happy Sunday!
    Ruby

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    1. Thanks, Ruby, I particularly like peachy colors in flowers. I like your artistic endeavors.

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  21. I love the dahila, too. Lots of last ones, flowers for the year.

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  22. P.S. Yes, my Shirley 1 was a Shubunkin. She appears to have procreated as we are on Shirley 3 or so!

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    1. I didn't have any success breeding the Shubunkins, I don't think it was warm enough in my house in an unheated stock tank for them to breed.

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  23. Lovely flowers from your garden. Nice shot of the stink bug.

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    1. Thanks, Pat, I wish I had beautiful butterflies to photograph like yours.

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  24. Still so many blossoms, ours are quietly giving in to the colder night time temperatures. LOVE that red moon, wow!

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    1. Thanks, Laura, you seem to have a lot of cold weather. The moon was amazing.

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  25. Hello, Dearest Hannah ;  Wow, I don't know where to begin my comment :-) I LOVE to see Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Variegata' for the first time; very pretty with the great color coordination of cute white flower and leaves:-) So BEAUTIFUL are your flowers from your garden(^_^)v I've never seen the the stink bug, maybe just I didn't notice p;-)
    So surprised to know about connection of the lunar eclipses and Jewish beliefs., Thank you SO much. And super shots of the event, my dear new friend♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. ps. Thank you SO much for your sweet and expertise comment. Both flower must be the magnet to that particular butterfly. I guess you can see the butterflies seekig nectar to your garden, my friend.

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    2. Both of the parents of Elaeagnus x ebbingei are native to China and Japan, E. pungens and E. multiflora. I have some multiflora, it produces fruit and is called Goumi. I find the large seeds hard to process so mostly the birds eat them. I wish I had lots of pretty butterflies that appreciated my flowers, your butterflies are so elegant, dear Miyako. I do get Swallowtails, which are very pretty but mostly hard to approach for photographs. And the little and friendly Skipper butterflies come around in late summer. Cabbage butterflies are always flittering over my kale plants, laying eggs for their caterpillars.

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  26. You take some great pictures! I especially love the hardy geraniums and the dahlia!

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    1. Thanks, Daniela, hardy geraniums have succeeded very well here, they have taken over some of my beds, particularly the oxonianum which self-seeds widely. I think Rozanne is sterile but does grow into a wide circle.

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    1. Thanks, Birgitta, I like your macros.

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  28. Beautiful flowers and stunning moon pictures ! The critter I like a less, although your photo is excellent !

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    1. Thanks, Gattina, I finally got a new camera yesterday, a little late for the moon shots but maybe my photos will even improve.

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  29. Enjoying your post and shots. The bug looks weird :)
    Thanks for dropping by.
    www.1sthappyfamily.com

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    1. Thanks, Lina, I like other people's shield bugs better, but the stink bug showed up, so there he is.

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  30. Hi Hannah,
    your stink bug ist perfekt! *gg
    I like this monster!
    Your flowers are so beautifu too!
    Have a nice week
    Hugs from Hamburg
    Rivien

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    1. Thanks, Rivien, your hide and seek bug is so funny.

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  31. Nice, I love these macros beautiful, wonderful colors ... excellent compositions!

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    1. Thanks so much, Leovi, I so enjoy your colorful creations.

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  32. Lovely floral shots sand nice to see someone else who knows about the tetrads occurring on Passover and Sukkot.

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    1. Thanks, Abrianna, so much has been happening lately, and then there are next year's eclipses as well.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy, I'm holding on to the flowers blooming as long as I can.

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  34. Beautiful blooms!
    I have an unidentified shrub with leaves like yours, but I've never noticed any blooms. I must do a little research to see if it is the same thing.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lea

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    1. Thanks, Lea. The Elaeagnus is also called Silverberry, the underside of the leaves is silvery. In addition to the varigated one I have the regular Silverberry with dark green leaves (on the upperside). The stems have lots of little rusty brown spots. In milder climates they can even make small fruit.

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  35. So many pretty flowers, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Janice, I like your Milky Way haiku about angel's footsteps, and especially the beautiful painting of the Milky Way,

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  36. Hi there (again) I think all carnivorous plants need very poor soils - that's why they live is swamps, all the soluble nutrients get washed away - one hint of fertiliser and its game over!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (who may be having 'word verification' issues on his blog!!)

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    1. My house plant skills were not good enough to keep the sundew alive, I suceeded with Nepenthes the longest, I would like to get another one.

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  37. What beauties again! But bugs are not nice and most of them are ugly too...but your flowers are beautiful! :)

    my blog - > BLOGitse

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    1. Thanks! I'm enjoying what is left of the bloom season, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, since I am a biologist I like to study all the creepies and crawlies. I was fascinated by the natural world even as a small child, some of my earliest memories are of studying plants and animals, even insects. But plants and bugs must coexist, they have a mutual love affair. What would the flowers do without the pollinators, and the beneficial insects? I started out as an edible plants only gardener then realized that diversity is the key to a healthy garden and even the world.

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  38. Sniff, sniff!
    Nice Dahlia and Fuchsia.

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  39. Thanks, Villrose. I'm also growing the Persicaria capitata, the arrows on the leaves are pretty and yours have turned such a nice red color. I have some in a big pot I hope will make it through the winter.

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  40. Hi Hannah, thank you for the moon shots. They are very cool. Your kiwi fruits look delicious and your flowers are beautiful.

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  41. Thanks, Christa, you have so many beautiful flower and insect photos, love all the Monarch butterflies.

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  42. I did not get to see the Blood Moon, so I certainly appreciate seeing your shots! Love that stink bug...interesting fella. Lovely blooms, all. Hope you have a delightful weekend!

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