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Sunday, July 27, 2014

another sunflower

Here's another sunflower I picked at Flower Camp this morning. I had gardened for two hours and spent two hours on the road driving back to Ashland when I encountered a friend at the grocery store around 12:30. She and her husband looked great, being all dressed up, having just come from church. I did not look so great and felt the need to apologize for it (or at least comment on it), but there was no way to explain I'd already I'd attended church in my garden and even had flowers on my altar. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sunflower on the air conditioner

Worked hard in the gardens at Flower Camp today, and, although the weather was hot, it wasn't impossibly hot. I'm tired this afternoon, though, and my windowsill arrangement needed to be simple. This is a sunflower head that needed to be cut off (past its prime but still pretty in its twisted shape). The ledge provided by a windowsill air conditioning unit proved wide enough to hold it. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

belated bougainvillea

I just realized I never succeeded in publishing this photo while in Costa Rica (where I seldom had Internet access). Found these bougainvillea florets floating in a swimming pool.

Here's the plant the flowers came from.

candlelight colors

After vacation, a walk through the garden requires courage: I tell myself "don't look at what needs to be done; just observe what's there." The first thing I observed, though, was a coleus that needed to be pinched back, so I had snippets of coleus foliage in my hand when I also found a couple of yellow-ish coneflowers, some brown iris pods, and a beautiful, yellowing hibiscus leaf. On the way back to the house, I also spotted a mottled mulberry leaf on the ground and that's the leaf under the vase.

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.