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Saturday, August 1, 2015

coxcomb color

I've been eyeing these particular coxcomb flowers for weeks and today decided, why not cut them?! I'd been thinking I needed an artist in residence to appreciate their color with me, but having none such, I photographed this, which does them no service. They're not the usual color (sort of magenta) but instead have undertones of yellow and orange and apricot. I wish I had the photography skills to prove it!


P.S. Other things in the photo are Tatume squash and hardy begonia leaves. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mortgage Lifter

This is a gigantic tomato called Mortgage Lifter--so called because when these huge tomatoes started coming in, the farmer could pay off his mortgage! One slice exceeds the sides of even the biggest piece of bread!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tatume squash

It occurred to me that these look like little bombs lined up on the windowsill, but they are Tatume squash. Where is a farm stand willing to sell your produce when you need one?


Thursday, July 23, 2015

one cayenne pepper

I've got squashes piling up in my kitchen like logs, but that conglomeration seemed less interesting to display than this one cayenne pepper, which I "submerged" in a small, narrow-necked  vase.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

praying mantis on the window pane (inside!)

So--I had just pulled these dahlias together in this vase and was about to photograph them when I realized there was an insect on the window pane--a young praying mantis! I must have brought him (her?) inside with the flowers. So beautiful. If you look hard, you'll see his slender body framed by the storm window handle, just above the rim of the vase on the right.


And here's a photo of the mantis up close. Looks like he's on the screen, but he was actually on the glass window pane, inside.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

homage to Pluto

This is my tribute to the photos coming from Pluto. AMAZING. Heard somewhere that the spacecraft taking the photos flew at 31,000 miles per hour, and that, had it struck anything as big as a rice grain on its journey of over 9 years, it would have been destroyed. Even more amazing! My little "pluto revealed" is a tomatillo with its outer covering pulled back.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

blackberry lily with Japanese Solomon's seal

I'm not sure this counts as a windowsill arrangement, but it's something I created today in front of a window (on the radiator). One tall stem of blackberry lily (small orange flowers, iris-like leaves) with one stem of variegated Japanese Solomon's seal. So easy and so satisfying.