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Saturday, August 30, 2014

yellow gourds, red okra

These are the most beautiful winged, yellow gourds. And the most wonderful thing about them is that I didn't grow them on purpose--the plants they came from sprouted in my compost heap! In the vase between them are some red okra pods.

Friday, August 29, 2014

this the season for....rose hips!

I love all rose hips, but especially these oblong, orange ones from a climbing rose I don't know the name of. The greens with the rose hips are leftover Swiss chard ribs. I ate the leafy parts that surrounded the ribs for breakfast this morning!

P.S. For some reason the hips look red in this photo, but they're actually orange.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

spent sunflower

This is a sunflower head from which the cardinals have eaten about a quarter of the seeds. I decided to grab it before all the seeds were gone, because I want to save some to plant next year. It's a mighty interesting object.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

summer flower mix

These were so pretty yesterday, and now all I can think about his how I should have "fluffed them up" better before taking this photo. Yesterday, I collected these flowers in my hand and dropped them into this vase almost exactly as I'd gathered them in the garden. Included are snapdragons, false-dragonhead, phlox, petunia, celosia, sedge, and morning glory vine. They were so much prettier yesterday (or I thought they were), but often I look back later on photos like this and think "What were you so concerned about?"  Just having a record of what was blooming on Aug. 26/27, 2014 in Ashland, Va., USA should be satisfying enough.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


You could look at this all day and never appreciate its true significance--fragrance. Thank you, Debbe Peck, for delivering me this fragrant blossom.

Monday, August 25, 2014

one coral zinnia

I am so pretty--one coral zinnia flower with some scented geranium foliage and a little yellow celosia. Love the shadow of the scented geranium leaf on the windowsill.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

celebrating cider

I did this arrangement as much to celebrate the cider as the season. The cider was Blue Bee Aragon 1904 and Blue Bee Charred Ordinary. Delicious! The flowers are tiny black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia triloba) and dark black bee balm seedheads.