Category Archives: Country Gardening

Advice, commentary and exploration

In A Vase on Monday – Frost Comes

Early Sunday morning, we had our first frost. Saturday afternoon, I spent four hours in the garden harvesting what I could save of beans, basil and flowers and ended up with five arrangements. I plan on featuring one at a … Continue reading

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In A Vase on Monday – Creamy White

This week, I decided to combine all my white (or close to white) flowers into my arrangement. My Italian bunny jug seemed like a good choice, its pale yellow complements all, especially the few blooms of ‘Italian White’ Sunflowers (Helianthus … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday

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In A Vase on Monday – Purple Passion

Dahlias have come on strongly in the garden, so I picked a few varieties to showcase. As these were gifted to me, I think I got their cultivar names right. In addition, there are pink and white Phlox (P. paniculata), … Continue reading

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In A Vase on Monday – Teddy Bear

A giveaway packet of seeds, which started blooming this week, yielded these cute little dwarf ‘Teddy Bear’ Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus ‘Teddy Bear’). Fluffy ray flowers make up most of the bloom, meaning less pollen for bees, but it is a … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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In A Vase on Monday – Late Summer Gold

In late summer, our fields are full of several types of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), laid out like a huge buffet for pollinators. Goldenrod pollen is high in protein, just what bees need to prepare for the cold season ahead. An … Continue reading

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In A Vase on Monday – Sharing the Love

I’m featuring a simple arrangement in my little Ikebana vase that was a gift from my son and his partner. Representing ‘heaven and earth with man in the middle,’ are Mealycup Sage (Salvia farincea), Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea ‘Vermillionaire’) and Sunflower … Continue reading

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In A Vase on Monday – Uplifting

It seems that my color palette this year is trending towards bright and bold. I do have pink and white out there, but perhaps I’m unconsciously trying to uplift our spirits during this crisis through my flower choices. It works … Continue reading

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7th Blogiversary

Seven years ago today, I nervously published my first post on WP. It was a whole new world to me and I hadn’t a clue what I was doing, but obviously, I conquered the learning curve and have been posting … Continue reading

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