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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

oak-leaved hydrangea leaves

There are so many gorgeous leaves on the oak-leaved hydrangeas right now that I found it impossible to choose one to display, Instead, I gathered up a handful of them of various sizes and colors, and here they are! I've got a chop stick wedged in front of them to keep them upright.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

goldenrod in spool of twine

There's a spice bottle nested in this spool of twine, and it's holding water for the goldenrod and scented geranium leaves, This goldenrod is not as vibrant as it once was, but for having been used in half a dozen arrangements over the past couple of weeks, it's looking pretty good!

And here's an arrangement Linda Armstrong did in her very gorgeous window.

And here's Lyde Longaker's window. Ooh, la, la!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Last rose of summer?

This may not be the very last rose of the season, but it sure is a pretty one. I nested a floral tube in the spool of rafia to provide the rose some water.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

honeysuckle berries

Love these black and green berries on a graceful wild honeysuckle vine. The photo captures something else timely, too--maple and tulip poplar leaves on the roof.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

pansy opera star

I was about to replace this fading pansy when I realized its wilting lower petals looked like a mouth. And because I always see pansies as faces anyway, this one seemed to be singing!

Monday, October 13, 2014

cypress vine vs. cardinal creeper

In case you missed it (and this is not exactly CNN-worthy), there has been an ongoing discussion on Facebook about whether or not the vine I described in an earlier post was cardinal creeper or cypress vine. Well, I found my seed packages and I now know that what's growing on my veggie garden fence (and pictured below) is cardinal creeper, not cypress vine (although I've included both seed packet photos). They're obviously almost identical, but the give-away is the leaves--broader and bigger on cardinal creeper. And how will I remember this? I'm going to try to remember that cypress vine leaves are very deeply dissected--resembling the needles of a baldcypress tree.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

one nasturtium stem

I was happy with yesterday's arrangement--the one I did in Kate's birch bark container. And it was way more appropriate to give as a gift than the one I did immediately after. But, in terms of providing me a meaningful moment, this one-stemmed, simple little arrangement surpassed that many-stemmed, complicated one. I found this beautiful little nasturtium stem in the sink among other debris leftover from the larger arrangement. It was beautiful beyond imagining but how to display it? In an out-of-the-way cabinet I found this tiny blue bottle and then realized the tendril needed a backdrop. In my stash of half a dozen colored tiles from Lowe's, I found this blue one. Be still my heart! For once, I thought I had done something I admired justice.