In a Vase on Monday: A Posy

We are happy to share another vase with flowers from our garden for this week’s In A Vase on Monday.


My Arranger suggested that we call this arrangement “a posy.” What could be better? The arrangement consists of Encore azaleas, white pentas, and Society garlic.

Let me invite you to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others following this meme will be sharing from their gardens this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: QUEST

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

I found this Writing Spider (Argiope aurantia) in my garden today on a quest to capture lunch in my gardenias.


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Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: September 2016

Today is Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day when we are invited by Christina at Creating my own Garden of the Hesperides to share photos of the foliage in our gardens. A quick stroll through a thankfully wet garden (a small bit of rain overnight) revealed a few of my plants showing off their foliage today.

(Click on the individual photos for an enlarged view. You can then view them as a slideshow).

Please visit Christina and her beautiful garden to see what she and other bloggers are sharing today.

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Wordless Wednesday: The Last (new) Bloom of Summer


Bearded Iris ‘Sunny Disposition’

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In a Vase on Monday: A Fading Beauty

Our ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangea has appeared in numerous vases over the year. Its blossoms are now fading into the fall, but they have retained a certain beauty as they age.


img_1809My Arranger thinks they deserve to be seen in these very last days of summer, and I do agree with her as they are taking on a blushingly pink hue.

I have paired it with an antique photo of my great-great grandmother, Rebecca Marie Dawson Duckworth (1824-1893), taken rather late in her life. I am confident that my great-great grandfather was convinced that she was still a beauty, even in her twilight years. She was the seventh generation and last Dawson on my family tree.

img_1803The idea for this weekly sharing of something from our gardens comes from Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Please visit her and see what she and others are sharing this week.

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Wordless Wednesday: The Creek is DRY!


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In a Vase on Monday: September Blossoms

It is cooler here this Monday in mid-September and a delight to stroll around the garden looking for items to include in this Monday’s vase. The Encore azaleas are blooming now and will be featured.


Surrounding the azaleas are a few pink Knockout roses, variegated Liriope, an ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea blossom, ‘White Swan’ coneflowers, and Society garlic. A few sprigs of ‘Sunshine’ ligustrum complete the arrangement.

The vase is a Waterford crystal candy dish.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing from their gardens on this Monday.

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