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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Frosty Weather Juncos, In a Vase on Monday, November 21, 2015

Welcome to my blog, today I am linking with-

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

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

In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

The water on my deck was developing panes of ice so I brought in a few plants like the tropical milkweeds to try to overwinter them again, like last winter, I enjoyed the flowers they kept having all summer and until now.

Here is another of my winter resident birds, the Dark-Eyed Junco, Hyemalis montanus.


My vase for In a Vase on Monday, answering Cathy of Rambling in the Garden's challenge to find something to plonk in a vase to decorate our houses is having it's last hurrah of flowers from outdoors.  I rescued some Ageratum and purple Laura Bush petunias from the icy fingers of the frost, but I didn't cut the flowers from Camellia sasanqua 'Apple Blossom' until after the frost so they lived through it.  Hopefully the buds will still open.  I've never had so many blooms of Apple Blossom before.



And to continue the theme of family resemblances, the one that always struck me was my father's mother (FarMor) and my younger sister Carol, who inherited her moonpie round face.



Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and commemorate good times.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!    Hannah  




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38 comments:

  1. Lovely post Hanna, beautiful old photos, lovely birds and pretty flowers. Thanks for sharing with Today's Flowers again and I wish you A Very Happy Thanksgiving :)

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    1. I would have liked the frost to hold off a little longer, but maybe the Camellia buds can still open.

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  2. Wonderful Junco pictures. We almost never get them here, but hope springs eternal. Occasionally, they do show up. I love the family pictures. Thanksgiving is, indeed, a time for appreciating family. Maybe that's why it is my favorite holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    1. When I lived in San Diego I would see the birds that come here in the winter when we went to the "mountains" to camp! I'm looking forward to seeing relatives for TG.

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    1. Thanks, Mama Zen, I'm always amazed how the birds can put up with the temperatures here. We do have a lot of tall cedar trees that provide shelter.

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  4. Hello Hannah, your Junco is beautiful! Wonderful photos. Your flower arrangement is lovely. Your sister is a cutie, I like seeing the old family photos. Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy new week!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, the Juncos are fun to watch. My sister is coming for a visit on Friday. I hope you have a good time visiting family for Thanksgiving!

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  5. Such pretty camellias. I'm envious that you can grow them, we're too far north. It is sad when frost takes the garden down for the year. We feel the shock almost as much as the plants do, I think!

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    1. Thanks, Eliza, the sasanqua Camellias are great, blooming in the fall, but my Yuletide still hasn't bloomed after 16 years. They are planted on the east side of my house, which I think shelters them somewhat from winter lows. It is sad, but easier this year after the hot dry summer.

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  6. Calling by from Macro Monday, a delightful post.

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  7. Oh I love looking at family resemblances....beautiful rescue vase and I adore seeing your juncos as they are different and a bit more colorful than mine. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Hannah!

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    1. Thanks, Donna, it's sad when frosts come but also means I won't be working as much in the garden, though I might get out and cut blackberry vines and some other weeds if the weather warms up some. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Nice to see the old family photos, Hannah.

    I like the juncos, there are some outside the door in W.V. right now. I rarely get good pics of them, they don't visit the suet feeder (like all the other birds around here, even the wrens sometimes).
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    1. We just feed sunflower seeds and the juncos and other birds like those, we used to do suet but I felt uncomfortable with some of the ingredients. When I had enough fat last year I made some homemade suet, and the birds liked it.

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  9. Great old family photo comparing the resemblances. The bird is really pretty. Have a special Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I realized after finally seeing a photo of my grandfather as a young man, that my other sister looks a lot like him. And her son looks just like her, same facial expressions, laugh, temperament.

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  10. Nice post, Hannah, it is great to see flowers in a vase after the frost visited the garden!

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    1. Thanks, Anca, they were barely hanging in there.

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  11. Your little vase is lovely Hannah and it is good to see that some flowers can survive the frost! I collected together various family photos from my siblings to display at my Mum's 90th and not surprisingly they proved very popular!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, it's great your family could get together for her momentous birthday. I'm not sure what will still be there next week. But lots of evergreen foliage.

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  12. I love the colors of that camellia. Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, Hannah!

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    1. Thanks, Kris, your Camellias are so lovely, with so many layers. I am going to my son's house (5 grandkids) Thursday and will have my sister and her husband for dinner on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. lovely photos
    have a good Monday

    much love...

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    1. Thanks, Gillena, I enjoyed your poetry.

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  14. The juncos are the loveliest of the small birds (well, excluding the hummers) that frequent our feeders. I've never managed to get such good photos of them.

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    1. Thanks, Ricki, I have to have a tripod set up indoors with a little mini-blind to hide behind, and take photos through the sliding glass door, so I have to clean it or the camera tries to focus on the glass instead. Then I have to wait for a bird to enter the small field the camera covers on zoom, or follow one and still be in focus.

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  15. Love the family portraits you share!!! And the beautiful bouquet. Your junco is also beautiful...one I've yet to photograph!!!

    Thanks for sharing the link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.

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    1. Thanks, Anni, my favorite Junco memory is finding a nest on the ground, and puzzling over it until I realized the babies could flatten themselves out so the nest looked empty, until I noticed the yellow curving edges of their baby beaks. Too bad I didn't get a photo.

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  16. Love the old images, what a wonderful thing to have

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Thanks, Molly. I have color photos of my kids, but only one has them at her house, the others are here, and some of the younger generation don't like storing lots of old photo albums. In the new digital age, lots of photos can be stored on computer hard drives or CD's, but computers can crash and CD's can get scratched. I guess nothing lasts forever.

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  17. Love your camellias...and the stories and photographs too.

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  18. Thanks, Noelle, in addition to having a daughter Noelle, I also have a daughter Kamille, which is close to Camellia, a friend I had as a teenager, but perhaps a different ethnicity, it was the name of a Russian ballet dancer. I like -lle names for girls.;-)

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  19. Lovely Camellia, it looks like a good size, most of the Sasanquas I have seen were small flowered (but beautiful)

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  20. Apple Blossom is around 4" / 10 cm but stays rather flat, I like the curved petals of Hane-jiman which is about the same color. I just wish my Yuletide would bloom, they are small and not fancy but such a gorgeous color, Cath.

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  21. Happy Thanksgiving.
    And your winter friend is very strong and tough indeed.

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    1. Thanks, Rainfield, The mushrooms probably prefer to be underground when the cold and snow come.

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  22. Pretty birds and lovely flowers. The camellias are gorgeous. Have a wonderful week, Hannah.

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