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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Foliage Follow-up Plus, July 18, 2015

Welcome to my blog.   First I'm featuring some foliage in my garden for Foliage Follow-up, the backbone of the garden that is left after the flowers are over.  Join hostess Pam of Digging for more foliage posts.  One of my favorite foliage plants is the wonderful Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' for it's silvery edges, which makes a nice rounded shrub that laughs at drought, sorry about the flowers, they are hard to avoid-


Another foliage plant with gorgeous yellow variegated leaves, actually more yellow than green, is Jasminum officinale 'aureum'-

Last foliage for today is from the squash patch, Cocozelle, with silvery accents-

That concludes the Foliage portion of my blog. 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

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

Wordless Wednesday hosted by NC Sue

 Here is what the Cocozelle produced, not only enormous but also tender and delicious-

My favorite squash for buttery taste is Crookneck-

Daylilies do well in the heat of summer-

The double variety 'fulva' is a triploid-


Clematis jackmanii was a river of blooms-


But now last Clematis to bloom is a NOID tiny viticella type that makes 1" / 2.5cm bells-



This is the closest to the real color-

But the heart of the garden for me is the edible plants and fruits.  I was worried when the hotter spring temperatures made the plum trees bloom earlier than usual, because I wasn't sure the pollinators would be out there working yet, but an advantage of planning lots of flowers is that the pollinators are supported to do their job, Beauty plum-

Methley plum-

Critter for today is another grand-chick, now a pullet, a light Brahma, note the feathered feet-

What plants are brightening your day?    Hannah

                                                         or cameras are macro

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45 comments:

  1. I lvoe the feathered feet in that pullet and all your gorgeous flowers. What a splash of colour. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Thanks, Margaret, I enjoy the flowers, it's been cooler but another hot weekend coming up.

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  3. Hello Hannah, the Brahma is cute with it's feathered feet. I love the lilies and the gorgeous clematis. They fruit looks awesome. Lovely images and post. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, I hope it is a good egg layer. The plums are wonderful, such good flavor! I cut the seeds out and freeze a lot.

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  4. The Brahma is a handsome chicken! And I love the clematis!

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    1. Thanks, Tina, I googled them and it said they are very tame birds. The little clematis is a sensational bloomer.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, they are unusual chickens. I like the neck decorations.

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  6. Looking at the plums, my mouth is watering.

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    1. Thanks, Rainfield, they are very sweet and tasty plums. I make gelatin with them sweetened with Stevia, a totally healthy dessert.

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  7. Cute shot of the chicken with its feathered feet.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie, I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of eggs she lays.

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  8. Splendid specimens...have a great week♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/jaunty-silhouette/

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    1. Thanks, Laurie, I enjoyed your artistic effects. I will have to learn to do that.

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  9. The clematis with tiny bell flowers is so beautiful, and bantams feathered tootsies, lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Jean, I enjoy the tiny bells, and the vines are so vigorous. Have fun working on your quilt!

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  10. Foliage, flowers, fruit, and fowls!
    Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Karen, she is quite fancy.

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  12. I appreciate you leaving a trail in Sprig to Twig comments that I could follow to find you here. I'll be back.

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    1. Thanks, Ricki, I'm glad you found your way here.

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  13. Every picture is lovely. You sure have pretty chickens! What are you going to do with all those beautiful plums? I'd be happy to help you get rid of them if only I could pick them virtually! ;))).

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    1. Thanks, Sallie, that is my grandkids' chicken. I pick the plums and cut out the seeds, and freeze them in zip-lock bags. Plus every day I cook some and make gelatin sweetened with Stevia.

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  14. Those plums look delicious. And of course there's nothing better or more healthy for us than fruit or veg straight from the garden to plate.

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    1. Thanks, Phil, the plums are great, it will be a while for apple season to begin.

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  15. Hi! I enjoyed your post very much. The foliage,Cocozelle,Crookneck, colorful day-lilies and the last clematis. It's nice to have good pollinators for plum trees. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Minoru, I'm glad you liked my fruits and vegetables. I liked the botanical part of your last post.

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  16. Your daylilies are especially beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Romi, it's fun to have them blooming now.

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  17. Lovely floral and plant macro shots and Love the chicken!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. Thanks, Carol, my grandkids have exotic chicken tastes.

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  18. What wonderful plants and flowers from the garden. The plums are amazing! I too find crookneck squash a favorite, and I actually had some success growing them here. Beautiful chicken!

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  19. Thanks, Marie, the plums are so reliable unlike the cherries which bear sporadically and not very abundantly. Crookneck squash that are homegrown are so buttery and delightful.

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  20. Interesting range of foliage. Especially intrigued by the last one in that group. And the guy with the feathered feet is adorable.

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  21. Thanks, Gemma, the Cocozelle has enormous leaves as well as enormous squashes. It never fails to amaze me.

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  22. All your photos are nice and the flowers are gorgeous!
    I particularly liked the Jasmine - so fragrant!
    Have a Great Week!
    Peace :)

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    1. Thanks, Chandra, while Jasmine is famous for fragrance, this variety is apparently developed for the variegated leaves and I have yet to see any flowers on it.

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  23. I so enjoyed this post, Hannah, with all the helpful information and pretty garden pictures. Anything that's a drought-lover is welcome in my garden. Purslane seems to be doing well for us right now. The camelia bushes we planted in the spring are looking quite limp with all the heat we've had. My moon flowers are blooming and we saw our first hummingbird moth last night! How do they find it???? So amazing. The grandchicken is so exotic; love his feathery feet.

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    1. Thanks, Gail, drought is hitting some places, others have too much rain. I have a lot of purslane too, it is supposed to be THE BEST plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids, plus a whole lot more healthy ingredients-

      http://www.eattheweeds.com/purslane-omega-3-fatty-weed/

      White flowers are generally heavily scented, both characteristics because they are pollinated by night-flying insects like the hummingbird moth so the scent and white color help them find the flowers in the moonlight. I used to see one visiting my citrus trees in San Diego. I dearly miss them, especially the giant blood orange tree, sweetest oranges ever!

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  24. Gorgeous blossoms.
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/bug-eyes.html

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  25. Thanks, Sue, I did link up. I don't feel really appropriate since I have a lot of words.;-0

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  26. Nice photos, all!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/bug-eyes.html

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  27. Dear Hannah,
    thank you for your Visit and Comment on my Blog, I am happy ;-)))
    Your Photos are fantastic; the flowers and plants are beautiful, Daylilies we have in our Garden too, we eat their Flowers, hmmmm so delicate ;-)))

    Greetings from Germany
    Traudi

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    1. Thanks, Traudi, I liked your enchanting pokeweed flowers, I had never seen them. I have used daylily flowers in salads too, they have a nice flowery flavor, especially the yellow ones.

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