In A Vase On Monday – Pink and Green

IMG_4489IMG_4490I decided on a pink and green theme this week, using my late mother’s wine-colored, etched glass vase, presumably from the 1940s or 50s, with grapes and vines twirling around it in a decorative pattern.

IMG_4495I’ve used dark and light pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), pink zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’), pink and white phlox (P. paniculata),  IMG_4491and white spider flower (Cleome hassleriana).

Lime green bracts of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle,’ IMG_4494along with green foliage of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and zebra mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) provide the greenery. For accent, I added panicles of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides).

IMG_4492Thanks 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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Weekly Garden Highlights – August 26

Golden meadow

Golden meadow

It has been a varied week, cool and dry earlier, now hot and humid with thunderstorms predicted later to hopefully cool things down.


Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Yesterday, a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) visited my zinnias, elevating zinnias to a ‘must-have’ in my garden from now on. I actually got a shot of this one, as I missed ‘capturing’ the last one. My second sighting here this year, and both times it was zinnias upon which they fed. Doesn’t she look fine? (Males have a black dot on their hindwing). Probably freshly emerged from her chrysalis and fattening up for her 5000-mile journey to Mexico. What a marvel this insect is. I hope this is a good sign that this imperiled species is making a comeback. Fingers crossed!


Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

On Sunday, I spotted what I thought was a Monarch, but it turned out to be a  Viceroy (Limenitis archippus), however, it was just as beautiful. To tell the difference, a Viceroy has a black band across its hindwing and only one row of white spots.

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Another confusing butterfly is a Fritillary, of which, there are many varieties. The most common one in my garden is the Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele).

Here are just a few of the floral highlights in my garden this week :

Zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair’) are continuing to please with or without butterflies.

IMG_4350Spider Flowers (Cleome hasslieriana) are charming me with their shape and color. See the little visitor above and another below?



Left: I like how the leaf veining in the Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) echoes that of the Cleome.


Zinnia, Calendula & Flowering Tobacco

What’s happening this week in your garden?


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Wordless Wednesday

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The Tuesday View August 23

August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

Forgive the lighting on these photos as I took them after the sun had risen. I know this isn’t Tuesday, but you’ll understand why I’m a day late when you see my Wordless Wednesday post.

While the summer continues to wane, the annuals are putting on quite the show.

Above, you can see through the middle are puffy clouds of pink and white phlox (P. paniculata) and along the front (left and right), white flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata), pink coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), and lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina). 

IMG_4448At the rear, pink and white cleome (C. hassleriana) mix with a smattering of pink cosmos (C. bipinnatus ‘Sensation Mix’), and a patch of zinnias (Z. elegans ‘County Fair Mix’).

IMG_4443At the far left, the calendulas (C. officinalis) are mixed with zinnias. In the back, more cleome and cosmos, a giant sunflower that continues to grow higher and higher, and a huge mound of ivy-leaved morning glory (Ipomoea hederacea) that has finally begun to bloom, but unfortunately, the dense foliage masks the blossoms.IMG_4445 However, this plant does gets high points for texture. It would be great to screen an undesirable view or to create privacy. The Japanese beetles leave it alone, while just in front of it, they’ve devoured the mallow (Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’) leaves. Thankfully, they leave the blossoms alone.

I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs, joining participants taking weekly photos of the same garden over the course of the growing season to note its evolution.

Below are some of the previous views for comparison:


April 1, 2016


June 11, 2016


June 28, 2016


July 26, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

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In A Vase On Monday – Summer Sun

IMG_4424Seeing Cathy’s (Words and Herbs) sunflower vase last week, I was reminded that I hadn’t used my sunflower pocket vase this year.  So, here it is, hand-painted in Ecuador by Artesa.

IMG_4428The large flowers are, of course, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). I love the coppery blush on the largest one. No ID as it is from the CSA farm where we have we have a weekly share pick-up.

IMG_4427The yellow daisies are woodland sunflower (Helianthus divaricatusand the grass is yellow fox-tail (Setaria pumila).

IMG_4423I recently learned that certain foxtail grasses create a problem with livestock and pets, because the barbed seed heads can embed in flesh, entering through ears and nose, where they can fester. Like in a horror film, some cases have resulted in death when the barb migrates to the heart or brain. The particularly troublesome species to watch for is Foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum). Here is a short video to help identify it. Another is Canada wild rye (Elymus canadensis). If you have a dog that runs free in fields, click here to learn more.

Even though Setaria isn’t on the really bad list, I’ve been on a campaign to pull and trash the seed heads ever since. They’ve been increasing in my yard over the past decade, probably brought in via an animal or hay bale. I found them attractive to look at both in the garden and in arrangements. However, I can forego the pleasure if it means avoiding a costly vet bill. I’d rather be safe than sorry. It may take a few years before I can get most of them out of the yard, it’s a work in progress.

IMG_4425Thanks 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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