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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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

pink coxcomb and rhododendron foliage

I love these huge coxcomb flowers, but sometimes they are so heavy and their "necks" so thin that they break off their long stems. That's what happened to this flower, but it was so dramatic I couldn't throw it away. I just jammed it into this narrow-necked container with some rhododendron foliage.

snow-on-the-mountain and spent bee balm flowers in cigar holder

Catherine Ellyson noticed the black, dead flowerheads of bee balm in the Flower Camp garden this morning, and she pulled them together with some white & green snow-on-the-mountain. Here's a mini-version of that combination in a cigar holder.