Silent Sunday

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Morning Embrace

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November light embraces a milkweed pod draped in goldenrod.

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Silent Sunday

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Humble Gratitude

IMG_8203How fitting that in this week of Thanksgiving, I have reached a major blog milestone: 1,000 followers!

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I am humbled and grateful that 1,000 of you have found something here worthy of following.

When I first started this blog over three years ago, my goal was to provide gardening content, along with photos of nature’s inspirational beauty. In the early days, a new follower was a cause for great celebration – a thrill of validation!

Sure, I felt twinges of envy for those who started blogging after I did, quickly racking up huge numbers of followers. “Wow, 1,200 followers in three months!” As tempting as ego-boosting stats were, they were not my priority. I was determined to produce my best work and not seek numbers that genuinely did not reflect my earning them.

Soon, of course, I realized blogging is much more than what one posts. It involves ‘meeting’ other like-minded souls, being inspired by their creativity and humanity. Over time, the exchanges develop into relationships that grow into firm bonds of respect, admiration and friendship.

So, it is with humble gratitude that today I bless and celebrate my WordPress community – long may we grow and prosper!

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In A Vase On Monday – Last Dregs

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Most of the foliage in my garden has succumbed to repeated frosts, but a few things hang on. As I went out to gather these, a cold, gusty wind was swirling snow flurries all around. Winter is right around the corner.

Garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), with their attractive gray-green leaves, provided a base.

img_6396Burgundy-red deciduous azalea foliage (sorry, no ID, as it came with the house) has rich purplish-brown undertones, a perfect contrast to the gray-green. Mauve heads of stonecrop (Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ Autumn Joy) expand the color range.

img_6399Dried seed heads of bee balm (Monarda didyma) and wild common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) provide vertical interest and a smattering of bright green rose geranium leaves (Pelargonium graveolens)  create the finishing touch.

img_6402My vase is hand-blown crackle glass, a treasure from my childhood, once belonging to my mother. Mr. Toad, who lives on this autumn-themed, painted oil cloth cover, is accompanied by a creamy mini-pumpkin gourd, completing the late season harvest mood.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in 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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Sentinels

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