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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cotas leaf?

This is windowsill in banyo at hotel Arenal Manoa near La Fortunata, Costa Rico. This is the leaf of a plant I love--we use it as an annual and as a houseplant in Va.  Forgive the bad photo. I had to stand on a toilet to get it. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

cabbage clouds

Oh, how it is going to pain me to throw these cabbages in the compost heap. Their leaves are totally skeletonized, but they are absolutely gorgeous. They remind me of cumulus clouds.

Monday, July 14, 2014

real windowsill

This is what the windowsill looks like tonight--pattypan squash and mystery squash with tromboncino squash surrounding vase of yellow rudbeckia flowers. Serious thunder off in the distance.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mystery tree

You'd think you had to travel to a different continent (or at least a different state) to find a tree that totally baffled you, but John and I found one Friday night in the Ruby Tuesdays parking lot in Ashland. Neither of us had any idea what it was--and we gave it a fair amount of thought. Eventually, I used my phone app called LeafSnap to try to identify it, and to my utter amazement, I think we landed on what it is: a hedge maple (Acer campestre). It's by no means a typical hedge maple, but I'm thinking it must be a hedge maple cultivar of some sort. Its leaves look almost like arborescent ivy leaves, with more rounded tips.

Friday, July 11, 2014

snake squash and yellow rudbeckia

I can't remember the real name of this squash variety. It looks like a fat, green snake. John asked me what it was when he spotted it in the garden, and I couldn't answer, because I'd  forgotten I'd even planted it.  I'll come across its name eventually, but for now it's snake squash. The flowers in the middle are some sort of rudbeckia  (with green centers) and the green leaves are from a clump of wild violets.

P.S. August 14: Kathy Robins wrote to tell me that this is Tromboncino squash.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

hollyhock and abelia

If you'd asked me this morning if I had an abelia shrub in my yard, I'd have said "no," but this morning I spotted one about 8 feet tall blooming in a hedgerow. I'm guessing the birds planted it, or maybe it has been growing as long as we've owned this house (17 years) and has just now risen enough to bloom above the shrubs surrounding it. Anyway, I pushed my way into the hedgerow far enough to pick a few blooming abelia twigs then combined them with this pretty, pink hollyhock blossom. The neck of this vase is too narrow to accommodate anything else.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

squash reminder

Here come the squash, and this post will remind me I want to grow this squash again next year. It's Pattisons Panache Jaune et Vert Scallop from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. And so pretty here with a yellow and orange rudbeckia flower jammed into it! If only I could remember where I got the rudbeckia seeds!