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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

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

In A Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy

Strange Visitors in the Garden hosted by NC Sue

Some Golden Sunset

My arrangement this week for In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy of Rambling in the Garden, 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 Clotilde 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 de Beauharnais, another OGR.  To go with the red rose, I added Berberis thunbergii 'Rosy Glow", 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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62 comments:

  1. Very pretty...I have been admiring roadside blue flowers that I have just learned are chicory...thanks for your info...♪ my OYGIF: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/optimum-impact/

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    1. I admired wild chicory too, I finally got some seeds from an Italian company, and I cut the greens, which were rather like dandelions, so I didn't damage the base. The next year they bloomed, they are really a lovely blue. I have one that came back this year and is blooming, I should try to collect the seeds. The Browallia is purple, not blue, but once it gets going is nonstop until fall. I save the seeds and resow the next year, one year they did come up in a bed but were far behind ones started under lights.

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  2. Hello Hannah, your golden sunset is beautiful. I do pray those wildflowers are put out soon and no one is hurt. Your vase of flower is pretty. I have not seen many wildflowers in my yard, just a few perennials. Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

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    1. I have some native plants but mostly things like Salal, Oregon Holly Grape, and a few groundcover type flowers, mostly white. Nothing spectacular or colorful, except occasionally I have seen the native orange honeysuckle, but it is hard to find.

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  3. That's a really beautiful sky shot! Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks, some of them turn out and some don't, I'm always amazed when they do. But your Western skies and cloud formations are amazing.

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  4. Gorgeous sunset and such pretty flowers!

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    1. Thanks, Fiona, perhaps it had to do with the fires still burning.

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  5. Hello Hannah, great captures of the Skippers and your flowers are lovely. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, I enjoy taking photos in my garden.

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  6. Such lovely flowers! I posted a skipper today too. (Great minds, right?)

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    1. Thanks, Tina, your skipper is such a great capture, so detailed!

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  7. thanks for your interesting post. Love your old roses.

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    1. Thanks, Liz, 10-12 years ago I was in a collecting phase and bought a lot of own-root OGRs grown from cuttings, most did not make it so the ones I have are survivors.

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  8. I love your flower posies. Good shot of the Skipper. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, I wish I could get good shots of birds and go on excursions like you. But I stay home and grow vegetables and fight weeds.

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  9. A lovely series of pretty flowers. Your opinion of the skipper is exactly like my own. I have always enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing with Today's Flowers and have a great weekend :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Denise. I wish I could see the fancy Florida skippers with the blue iridescence and long tails.

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  10. Beautiful sunset! Those roses--wow! And a wonderful hymn!

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    1. Thanks, Marie, Clotilde Soupert is really shining at this time of year since it is dry so she doesn't ball. The 4 flowers were a single spray. I'm glad you enjoyed the music.

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  11. Beautiful photos, sunset and flowers !

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    1. Thanks, Amo, I have to run to the back fence when I can see a glow through the trees to try to get a pretty sunset, so I'm happy when I can capture one.

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  12. Pretty flowers! I have a skipper, too. Some of them are very tough to tell apart.
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    1. Your skippers look a lot like mine, but darker. I just did my best guess, from the spots on the wings.

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  13. There's a yellow vetch that blooms in our so-called lawn, while field daisies and Queen Anne's Lace bloom around the edges as well as anywhere I have failed to pull them up. Your bouquet is very pretty. i especially like the shot that shows the wavy rim of the vase.

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    1. I get a lot of clovers, and Oxeye daisies, Queen Anne's Lace as well which I have used in arrangements, just not vividly colored wildflowers like many of the east coast wildflowers. The roses had short stems so it made it hard to photograph the top of the vase.

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  14. I love it, the flowers, they are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Bob, I enjoyed your birds.

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  15. Wonderful flowers... Greatful captures!

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    1. Thanks, Erica, spring was early here and now I'm wondering if fall will be early as well, there seem to be signs, leaves are starting to fall already. So I need to enjoy the flowers while I can. I hope we get all the usual fall bloomers in spite of the drought,

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  16. Thanks for coming by. I love your the flowers you picked. The vase is beautiful.
    Thanks for commenting on 'What are you doing on Saturday.' It's fun spending time with grands.
    Hope you have a wonderfully blessed Sunday. And a great week.

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    1. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids too.

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  17. I love the sunset and the roses. I think the skipper is very pretty as well.

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, we had a thunderstorm with lots of wind but at least everything got watered. I hope the roses liked it, at least.

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  18. Dearest Hannah; Starting with a great Golden Sunset,beautiful pictures. Your flower arrangement is SO beautiful. I learned the word 'Old Garden Rose':-) I wish I could see how you arrange them, must take technique♡♡♡ I love the pretty vase♪ I often choose Alstroemerias for family altar because they stays healthy long. Congratulations on your first blooming Gaillardia☆(^_^)☆

    ps. Thank you very much for your advise, I checked about the Tamanu oil with pc. Sounds like very good for the skin. Cicadas don't bother us during the night. And now Meimuna opalifera (species of cicada) stating to sing, happy as it is the sign of fall coming soon p:-)
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako, I miss the sound of the Cicadas at night, and you have so many kinds! My flower arranging skills are not an art like the Japanese Ikebana, I come close to just plonking them in, though I do like to have some foliage to give it some structure, like the red Barberry cuttings. I would enjoy seeing your mother's Ikebana arrangements, do you do that too? I saw some Alstroemeria at the nursery today, they were tempting. Hugs from the PNW, Hannah.

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  19. Very pretty. I love the sunset shot! Have a good week!

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    1. Thanks, so many sunset shots don't come out the way they look, it's fun when one does.

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  20. How very beautiful! I especially like the sunset! Wishing you well!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, it makes me think of the song.

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  21. such a beautiful sunset. And I like your vase arrangement.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, I enjoyed finding some foliage to go with the roses, the Japanese Barberry with its delightful blackish-red colors..

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  22. Hannah, I bet in a few years from now you will have many happy gaillardia popping up around the garden. Your vase is so lovely and charming especially the glass container. The old roses are just stunning. I wish I could grow these.

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    1. Donna, I was looking at the seed heads forming and thinking I should spread the seeds where I might want them. The problem is that I would rather they made low mounds instead of tall floppy plants. But they did bloom. The former Gaillardias I tried didn't come back the second year. I inherited the cute glass container. I'm grateful for the OGR's that managed to survive and do well here. Perhaps next year I will try to grow more of a cutting garden.

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  23. What a pretty flower that Vernonia fasciculata is - don't think we have that in the UK. Your roses are lovely and the berberis was a great choice to accompany them in that pretty vase. I have had some success with alstroemeria this year after several years of trying, so perhaps it is worth another go? Thanks for sharing today

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, the majority of USA wildflowers grow in the Eastern half, conditions are dryer with no summer rain in most of the West and I have trouble with them, so I am happy to see Vernonia coming back for me. I was thinking perhaps I should try Alstroemeria in containers so I could bring it in for winter. I already have a lot of plants and planters like that, though. But it is so pretty, and Miyako says it is long-lasting in a vase.

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  24. I am SO envious of your roses, Hannah! My own are crispy.

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  25. I have a long list of OGR, modern, and mini roses that I bought here who are no longer with me..... these are the survivors. I'm very grateful for them. I envy your and other peoples' succulents, I can't seem to grow even Hens and Chicks outdoors, Kris.

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  26. Lovely flowers!
    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/strange-visitors-in-garden.html

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  27. These are great shots - thanks for sharing them at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/strange-visitors-in-garden.html

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  28. Hi! The golden sun set is very beautiful. Your flower arrangement in a vase is very impressive. Gaillardias are very cool too.Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Hi! The golden sun set is very beautiful. Your flower arrangement in a vase is very impressive. Gaillardias are very cool too.Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Minoru, I enjoyed your Japanese trees.

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  30. Hannah, your roses look so fresh and pretty and I love the blue glass vase you chose. I bought an Alstroemeria for a pot this spring but it didn't do well and finally gave up a month ago. They make nice long-lasting arrangements.

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    1. The dry weather has really suited Clotilde Soupert, she usually blooms best in the fall. The Alstroemeria does seem like a challenging plant.

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  31. Nice flowers at your place! I have lots of wildflowers, because some of my garden is nature. Right now, some pretty little clove pink are blooming.

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    1. Thanks, Villrose, your lilies are gorgeous, you must get a lot more water this time of year. It has been so dry here my lilies were so small, but now we are starting to get some rain.

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  32. So very many comments, but what a gorgeous vase, and I love the butterfly. I find it really interesting to see what is happening on the opposite side of the world. Your plants and flowers work very well together.

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  33. Thanks, Noelle, it seems it's a small world after all. I really like the red Berberis foliage.

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  34. Greetings from Dubai! Really enjoyed going through your blog and lovely macro shots! Will be back soon. Have a great weekend!

    Shantana

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    1. Thanks, Shantana, gardening must be very different there. You probably are also interested in drought tolerant plants. Thanks for commenting.

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