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Saturday, October 31, 2015

November 2, 2015

Welcome to my blog, today I am linking with-

Orange You Glad It's Friday hosted by Marie

Skywatch Friday hosted by Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia

Today's flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

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

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy

I'm enjoying all the activity of the hungry birds on my deck.  Chickadees abound, here the Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, Poecile rufescens-




One of the surprises this fall is that the spring bloomer Mock Orange, Choisya ternata,  is blooming again.  I can't remember this happening before.

This would be a great fragrant flower for a moon garden-

It also makes a nice leafy inclusion in this week's In a Vase on Monday,  join hostess Cathy on Rambling in the Garden to see what bloggers around the world are finding in their gardens to decorate a vase.   This week my main flowers are a single cluster of the wonderful prolific Sea Foam rose, with a couple of added Reve d'Or flowers, some of the fantastic bloomer geranium 'Rozanne', some of the Mock Orange for flowers and foliage, some Petunia 'Laura Bush' still blooming, some heather Daboecia cantabrica 'Atropurpurea', and some sprigs of Berberis darwinii at the back.  Taken on my kitchen counter we did ourselves a few years back.  The sugar bowl was found at a garage sale, it will be a present for daughter #1.  The tea cup is one that was my MIL's-

Different lighting-

Details of vase-


Taken on our bathroom counter we also did ourselves a few years back for different warmer lighting-

Different lighting-

 Reve d'Or has such nice golden peachy colors-



Geranium 'Rozanne' is such a trouper-

And now for the edible garden news, I've been harvesting squash, beans, eggplants, tomatoes, and now the fall crops of Chinese radishes, like the super long Daikons, here with self-sown Swiss Chard and some peppers-

A typical fall/winter radish for soups, I can also cook the tops for greens.  I let them go to seed in the spring and they come up by themselves in late summer and make nice 3-4" / 7-10cm roots-

My wonderful tomato and eggplant beds, I am growing beans on the deer fence this year and had to protect them with plastic sheets and bird netting.  They did great, still coming, particularly runner beans.

Tomatoes in this late bed are still going strong, I'm reviving Baylor Paste that I hadn't grown for quite a few years, a wonderful pear-shaped sauce tomato-

I cut back all my rampant self-sown Borage in late summer and it is blooming still-


Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight (in USA)!

What's still growing for you?  Or have frosts wiped out your garden.  Hannah  Some Silly Humor-




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51 comments:

  1. Your arrangement is bright and pretty and well matched to the vase. I have Rev d'Or but it has not bloomed this year. My garden is such a mess, we can't plant anything in August heat. Soon radishes and kale will go in for winter harvest.

    The prettiest color on a chickadee I've seen. Ours are gray and black.

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    1. Thanks, Shirley my Reve d'Or is not the best bloomer. Those flowers were great, though. I wish it were hot enough here to grow okra. Last summer was hotter than usual, though, so I'm going to try to grow some okra next summer.

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  2. Wonderful shots of the Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Sweet little bird!

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy, they really show up for seed, and are fun to watch.

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  3. gorgeous chickadee! lovely blooms, too.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, I wish I could see whistler ducks in my backyard.

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  4. Hello!:) Lovely photos of the flower arrangments and gorgeous blooms in any light, and it was surprising to see a Chestnut-backed Chickadee. The ones I see here are black and white but both kinds are adorable.

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    1. Thanks, the hardest thing is trying to get the lighting right. It's great that Chickadees are found so many places.

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  5. Hello Hannah, I love the sweet chickadee. They are adorable birds. Your flowers are lovely, pretty arrangement. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, they are cute, I'm tempted to try to get them to eat out of my hand. The flowers are fun to cut and photograph.

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  6. The chickadee is so cute and I love your flowers. I raked the leaves from our yard yesterday and removed all the dead flowers.

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, it sounds like frost has hit your garden. I don't know how long mine will last but I enjoy seeing the remaining flowers.

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  7. Would I ever love to see this species of bird!!! Wow. It's so pretty.

    As are all your other images....the bouquet is stunning. And your harvesting....exceptional.

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    1. Thanks, Anni, you have so many birds I don't get to see. The roses seem to feel better now that they have rain and want to bloom some more. And now the Mock Orange too. I haven't grown tomatoes in that bed before, so no blight spores! And it was hotter this summer for the eggplants. The beans do great anyway, runner beans are fantastic, especially in cool fall weather.

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  8. The chickadee is beautiful, but your garden is impressive.
    I love tomatoes.
    I wonder whether the chickadee likes them or not.

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    1. Chickadees for sure like the black oil sunflower seeds, they flitter around until we put some out. The Steller's Jays on the other hand fly up and peck the window to remind us.

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  9. Marvelous shots of the chickadee!

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    1. Thanks, I enjoyed your baby bird, so cute!

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  10. that chickadee is super cuteee...and I love all the colors of the bloom, so colorful :)

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  11. that chickadee is super cuteee...and I love all the colors of the bloom, so colorful :)

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    1. Thanks, Indah, the little chickadees sometimes come close to grab some seeds even when I am still there.

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  12. What a pretty little bird! Looks like your garden is quite productive.

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    1. Thanks Betty, that bed is new, we killed the grass with lots of leaves so that made it more fertile.

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  13. Beautiful roses. Nice idea to include petunia in the arrangement. I like the more dramatic lighting in the 2nd vase photo and that sweet chickadee is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Susie, I'm surprised the petunias keep going. I can't seem to find the right lighting and place, so frustrating. I enjoy the little birds flitting around.

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  14. Hannah my goodness that is a beautiful chickadee and tomatoes still going...yes! And I love the vases you use for your arrangements....what a beautiful arrangement!

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    1. Thanks, Donna, the little chickadees are such fun, and the frosts are holding off, for now. That vase was my MIL's.

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  15. What a cutie that chick a dee is.

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    1. Thanks, Gayle, they are really fun birds.

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  16. How interesting to see your vase against different backgrounds and in different lighting, Hannah - the colours seem to have warm glow about them. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, that seems to be my biggest difficulty, lighting. It's interesting to try the arrangement in different places and light sources. Thanks for hosting!

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  17. Pretty flowers and cute chickadee. It was so warm and humid here that my neighbor's Confederate jasmine bloomed again mid September through last month. A neighbor also has a an azalea flower blooming here and there on her bush, due to the warmth and humidity. Odd, even for here.

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  18. Pretty flowers and cute chickadee. It was so warm and humid here that my neighbor's Confederate jasmine bloomed again mid September through last month. A neighbor also has a an azalea flower blooming here and there on her bush, due to the warmth and humidity. Odd, even for here.

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    1. It is odd, Abrianna, but really welcome to get some late season bloom.

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  19. Love the great chickadee shots! And, the floral arrangement is just gorgeous! Love the pieces you have with the vase of flowers. The whole vignette is lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Marie, I enjoy finding flowers to arrange, and it's so tricky trying to find the right lighting and props.

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  20. Hannah, your garden is a paradise! First off, I love the little chickadee. The flower arrangement is spectacular. I especially like the peach-colored rose and the mock orange. I've seen the latter growing in the SoCal heat and would love to have one in my own garden but I'll have to look into whether it's a heavy drinker.

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    1. The Choisya is the cheaper one, the more expensive "The Pearl" looks great in the spring but is much more restrained in growth and didn't rebloom. It is by my east concrete porch so that probably helps with its hardiness, but It is a hard place to get the hose to so it doesn't get much water. It does get a fair amount of shade though, Kris.

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  21. Hello Hannah, great photos. I loved your little chickadee. His type I have never seen around here. He's quite striking. Loved all the other photos and enjoyed them all. Thank you so much for linking again with Today's Flowers. Always appreciated. Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks, Denise, I have another species of chickadee too.

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    2. The black-capped maybe? Not sure how many species there are. I only knew of one and now two thanks to you :)

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    3. Yes, the Black-capped is here too, and has a much wider range.

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  22. Very pretty arrangement, Hannah! Reve d'Or is a lovely rose - such a nice color. And I've never seen that chickadee before - had to look it up! West Coast species - that explains why!

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    1. Thanks, Eliza, the Chestnut-sided Chickadee has a very small range compared to the Black Cap Chickadee. Reve d'Or seems to have better form now than I remember when she bloomed last spring.

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  23. Love this post. Your flowers in a vase cause me to commit the sin of envy. : )

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    1. It's OK, Janice, I get plant lust when I see other people's flowers too.;-)

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  24. Lovely post, Hannah. I came over to see your vase but was delighted to see your bird photos. We have a lot of different birds visit our feeding station but capturing them with my camera is proving to be incredibly difficult. The vase - it's a beautiful arrangement. Love the combination of blooms, the roses are gorgeous. Choysia is on my husband's wish list so he will be delighted to learn that it can, given the right conditions, flower twice in one year :)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, I actually built a little blind in my house, and put a tripod there, so I can take photos through the sliding glass door onto the deck. My Choisya is pretty old now, and spreads out all over. I think this is the first fall I remember it blooming. My other bush, "The Pearl" is more restrained in growing and isn't blooming now.

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  25. Love chickadees although I don't see any of them at our home. They are all over the place though...just not here.

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  26. I only saw them on camping trips in the mountains before I moved here. I would sit at the picnic table eating nuts, then discovered they would come down and eat out of my hand. I've thought about trying that with the ones on my deck, yesterday I actually help out my hand on the rail, and was surprised when a nuthatch came and grabbed a seed!

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  27. The chickadee is such a pretty little feathered character. And love the flowers so beautifully arranged in your vase.

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