Solstice Greetings

Whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, I send you warm Solstice Greetings!

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Pollinator Week

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Celebrate our tireless friends in the garden this week. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude! Click this link to see what more you can do to help them.

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In A Vase On Monday – Peonies

 

IMG_8324The Summer Solstice is upon us here in the northern hemisphere and with the warm, long days and ample rain, my garden is exuberantly blooming. Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) have burst forth this week and were the obvious choice for this week’s vase.

Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa) and Baptisia (B. australis) compliment the peonies. Since two out of the three come from Asia, my prop is an Origami lotus that was given to me just today.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Blossom: Papaver orientale

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Wordless Wednesday

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In A Vase On Monday – Good Fortune

Red and gold are traditional colors in Chinese culture with red symbolizing good luck, joy and happiness, and gold for balance and freedom from worldly cares. Red Weigela (W. florida) and gold tall bearded iris (I. x germanica) are hopefully bringing good fortune to our home this week, with silvery lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) for added prosperity.

 

A few sprigs of sage blossoms (Salvia officinalis) are a nod to the wizened figures in the foreground. Antique, hand-carved ivory figurines once belonging to my spouse’s grandmother, I’m guessing they are Lao Tzu and Confucius?

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Silent Sunday

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