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WPC – Boundaries

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copyright Eliza Waters

The Boundary between Here and the Hereafter

WordPress Photography Challenge: Boundaries

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In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Leaves

IMG_7665For this week’s vase, I’ve used flat umbels of sedum (S. ‘Autumn Joy’), which have IMG_7666deepened to a rich burgundy with the cooler weather. The vibrant leaves of red maple (Acer rubrum) and the gray-green of sage (Salvia officinalis) provide compliment and contrast.

IMG_7672Maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) flowers have a reddish tinge that goes well with the sedum and I love the drama they add to the arrangement.

I tucked in a few stems of unopened Asian bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) as accent. The hard golden shells will crack open in a few days to reveal the orange berry inside. As this is an invasive species, when this arrangement fades, these will go in the trash and not in the compost. Asian bittersweet vine smothers all plants in its path and I try to remove as much of it as I can on my property, but it is a Sisyphean task.

IMG_7667IMG_7673The black, Ming-style glass vase creates a solid anchor.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden,  who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week. Feel free to join in, sharing your own weekly vase with a link to Cathy’s blog.

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Silent Sunday


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Looking Good October 2


New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) after the rain

I’m joining Gillian at Country Garden UK in her weekly meme Looking Good. She asks us to showcase highlights in our garden each week and link back to her site. Pop on over to see what’s special in gardener’s plots around the globe.


Gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)

After an unusually mild September, leaves are starting to turn in earnest with the advent of cooler weather. Gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) really shines at this time of year. I love the contrasting colors of green ribs with red-orange margins.


Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

Two years ago we planted a native sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) in our backyard to replace our Baldwin apple tree that succumbed to fireblight. As it is close to the house, for the past 25 years we’ve hung our bird feeders on the Baldwin every winter (robins and waxwings would eat the frozen apples, sometimes becoming a bit tipsy from the fermented fruit) and it’s still favored as a perch by hummingbirds in summer. I refuse to cut it down until its replacement is big enough to handle bird feeders, so it might be a while! Folks may think I’m nuts to leave a dead tree in plain sight, but I say, “This tree is for the birds!”  or “It is a lichen-encrusted sculpture.” In the meantime, the sourwood’s fall foliage is gorgeous.


Peony foliage (Paeonia lactiflora)

Also of note this week, the peony foliage is turning purplish-burgundy. It seems not too long ago that they were blooming and I was filling vases with their sumptuous blossoms. Where does the time go?


Butterflyweed pods (Asclepias tuberosa)


Blue Wood Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolum)

Pods of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) are tinged with burgundy, but as yet show no sign of opening. I want to sow the seeds into the field before the wind carries them away. Asters, visited by pollinators, continue to dazzle all around the property.

Annual nasturtiums, calendulas and zinnias are still going strong, but I expect they will get sluggish now that the temperatures are in the 40s and 50s F (4-10 C). Amazingly, long-range forecasts show no sign of frost. When I was younger, the first frost date used to be in late September. Last year, it was October 22. Who knows what’ll it be this year? I’ll just plan on enjoying the garden as long as I can.




Zinnia ‘Yellow Profusion’ with Silvermound Artemisia


Zinnia ‘Salmon Profusion’ and Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)


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WPC – Change

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu


“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

WordPress Photography Challenge: Change

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Wordless Wednesday


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