WPC: Serene

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River and Sky

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In A Vase On Monday – Sort Of

While this isn’t in a vase, I wanted to share this lovely Hippeastrum hybrid that is now blooming in my sunspace.

A few weeks ago, I accompanied my spouse on a stop to one of those big DIY retailers. Not interested in nuts, bolts or lumber, I wandered through the plant section while he shopped.

I always feel badly for the neglected and often doomed plants for sale there. The Hippeastrum bulbs were jammed into tiny boxes and most were starting to grow, many upside down. I needed to rescue at least one and I reoriented a number more to upright. Does anyone else feel the need to rescue plants at these places? This one has rewarded me many times over and is sending up yet another bud, making me glad I stopped by!

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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Chrysanthemum Show

Mum ShowEvery year, Smith College’s Lyman Plant House holds a Chrysanthemum Show for two weeks starting on the first Saturday in November. Two glass houses are packed with blooms of all shapes, colors and sizes, with one house showcasing student’s own hybrids, upon which visitors can vote for their favorite.

The curators paired art prints illustrating mums from famous artists like Renoir, Monet and other Impressionists, adding another dimension of interest to the show. Colors or forms were matched in pleasing combinations.

Every class of Chrysanthemum from incurve (aka ‘football’), single, semi-double, anemone, quill, spider, spoon, decorative to novelty were well-represented. I loved the wall of trained daisy mums cascading over a white picket fence. Below is just a sampling:

While it may not be as popular as their spring bulb show, the fall mum show has become an annual favorite for me, a cheerful thing to do on a dreary November afternoon.

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In A Vase On Monday – Autumn Poppies

Dried poppy seed pods make a simple arrangement along with a mini-pumpkin brushed in gold as a prop. Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, with pumpkin pie an essential part of the feast. Best wishes and gratitude to all who will be celebrating.

The vase, actually half a vase, was a thrift store find. Dating from post-war Japan, I was charmed by its delicate hand-painted chrysanthemums with gilt edging and the unusual design that allows it to stand on its own or be hung on a wall.

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

Japanese Maple

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Wordless Wednesday

Prochoerodes lineola - Large Maple Spanworm

Excellent Mimic – Prochoerodes lineola – Large Maple Spanworm 

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In A Vase On Monday – 4th Anniversary

This week is the fourth anniversary for Cathy at Rambling In the Garden’s  meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. To celebrate, she has requested that we create an arrangement in an object not normally used for a vase.

As you can see, I’ve used a seashell I found while vacationing years ago in the Bahamas. It is supposed to look like a Hermit Crab, made from the succulent Senecio archeri. The eyes are cotoneaster fruit skins stuck on ivy geranium flower stalks.

The props, a skeletonized sea fan, small shell and piece of sponge coral, were also beach finds. The wooden puzzle of a tropical fish was purchased on a different trip to Jamaica.

Wander over to Cathy’s to see what innovative arrangements gardeners all over the world have created this week.

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