Wordless Wednesday: Guess What’s Been Tearing up my Lawn?


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In a Vase on Monday: New Beginnings

Last week we highlighted flowers that were winding down  in the garden; this week I am delighted to showcase the first blossoms of the season from Camellia sasanqua ‘Our Linda.’


‘Our Linda’ was a gift from David Parks of Camellia Forest Nursery several years ago, and it has been a beautiful and abundant bloomer over the years.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Let me invite you to visit her site to see what she and others are sharing from their gardens this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SHINE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SHINE.

When something stands out from its surroundings, it is said to shine. When light hits an object in a certain way, it is said to shine. The two often come together as in this photo of my favorite Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora.”

Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’


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In a Vase on Monday: Winding Down

It’s mid October and time to share another Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy Rambling in the Garden. The perennials in the garden are moving quickly now to shed their colorful glory, but it’s nice to be able still to share ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas and ‘Autumn Twist’ Encore azaleas.


The vase is a Japanese Kenzan flower arranger,  which my Arranger has used on several occasions. The ivory netsuke figure was obtained during the time we lived in Tokyo, oh so many years ago.

Let me invite you to visit Cathy Rambling in the Garden to see her beautiful vase this week and those of others who participate in this meme.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LOCAL

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is LOCAL.

Locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables are offered in a neighborhood open market with plenty of pumpkins for Halloween.


My favorite local barbeque spot is the Rock Store in Stallings, NC, a repurposed gas station. The pig is smoked on site (just at the right of the building), and the ribs are as good as the wood smoked barbeque.



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Chihuly in the Garden

A few weeks ago my Arranger and I visited friends in Atlanta, GA to hear world class violinist Joshua Bell play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It was magnificent, a performance for the ages.

While there we visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see a special exhibition of the works of Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s master glass artists. The twenty pieces in the exhibition were created specifically to be displayed in a garden. And what a display it was.


It was difficult to select a favorite, but I will do so. This fountain is beyond description.


I will let these images speak for themselves. Click on the individual photographs for full screen viewing and cycle through them.

The piece featured on the cover of the Exhibition Guide is extraordinary; it contains over a thousand individual pieces of sculptured glass.


To enhance the viewing experience, all twenty pieces were lighted in the evening. I had some difficulty with my camera getting night shots, so I am able to show only these two:

I understand that the exhibition will be moving to other gardens. Please be on the lookout for this exceptional show if it comes to your area.


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In a Vase on Monday: Spotlight on Muhly

The muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is now in its blooming glory, so I thought it might be nice to try to capture its beauty in a vase this Monday. I know that the best way to see muhly grass is when it is backlighted by the sun. Photographing it inside just doesn’t do it justice, so I asked my Arranger, after she put the finishing touches on the arrangement, to hold it up out in the garden for the photo.


She added a few blooms of a pink Encore azalea and sprigs from ‘Sunshine’ ligustrum.


The Muhly grass blooms on this clump are as pretty as I can remember.


My thanks go to Cathy Rambling in the Garden for hosting this meme. Please visit her and see what she and others are sharing from their gardens this week.

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