Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

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

I used this arbor, covered with a variegated weigela to frame a view down the path in my former Chapel Hill garden. The pot draws your eye through the frame.


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In a Vase on Monday: Simplicity

Taking my Monday Walk in the Garden I found that the variegated liriope is starting to bloom. I also spied a single dwarf gardenia, perhaps the last of the season. What better to make a simple vase this day.


The duck just happened to be swimming by.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of this meme, to see what lovely vases are being filled by her readers’ gardens.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare

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

About twenty-five years ago, I was hiking in the hills of West Virginia when I came upon a rock slide at the base of a cliff. My eyes fixed on this rock which had a slight indentation in the center.


With my fingernail I raised the indentation with a bit of effort, and this fossilized shell appeared.


I was humbled to think that my eyes were the first in the history of our world to see this unique fossil. That, I think, qualifies as RARE.


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Welcome Changes in the Garden

I recently took A Walk in the Garden and noticed several welcome changes…and a few surprises. Let me share a few.

IMG_1448Clematis ‘Comptesse de Bouchard’ has taken quite a beating over the summer with the scorching full sun that bears down on the south side of the house. My Arranger had suggested that all the brown leaves just might mean it hadn’t made it, but lo and behold, there is new growth and buds and a very welcome flower. I did hand water a bit.




My crape myrtles have remained in bloom far longer this year than in previous ones. Why? I have no idea, but I like it. Large bloom clusters and heavy rains have weighed down many branches, but here is a pleasant surprise. Some of them, with almost horizontal branches because of the weight at the ends, are putting up new flower buds along the branch just as the first flush is fading. The result will be a continuation of crape myrtle color for another few weeks.


IMG_1449Pieris japonica ‘Red Mill’ has set buds for next year’s late winter blooms. While they aren’t flowers yet, they still add a delightful touch to the north side of the house. Who knows? They may even turn up in a vase on some odd Monday.





My Encore azaleas are full of buds and have started blooming throughout the garden. I expect to have quite a bit of color from them soon from white to various shades of pink.






IMG_1459Most of the hydrangeas have settled down for the year with blossoms fading and turning a less than friendly brown. ‘Endless Summer,’ however, is living up to its name and is putting out new growth with flower buds, some of which have started to open. If all the buds I see open, it should carry well into fall. The late blooming ‘Little Lime’ continues to do well.




IMG_1456This border seemed to be a bit quiet and to need something to perk it up. Last year I saw Ligustrum sinense ‘Sunshine’ at the Home and Garden Show and thought it might have a place in my garden. If fact, seven of them now have a place in my garden. ‘Sunshine’ has the wonderful characteristic of keeping its yellow foliage color throughout the heat of summer. I am pleased with the lift it has given this border.

Finally, readers may remember how much I like the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) for its pale blue flowers. After it bloomed this year, I deadheaded the seed heads, at least those I could reach without falling off the ladder, an event against which I was vehemently warned by my Arranger. Now, just a few weeks later, the tree is covered with new growth and I can see flower buds forming. I anticipate having a full flush of blooms soon. In the photo below, the light green foliage is all new within a few weeks.


Soon, I guess, I will have to take another Walk in the Garden. I hope you will join me.

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In a Vase on Monday: A Late Offering

My Arranger had to dash into the garden late in the afternoon looking for something attractive to include in this week’s In a Vase on Monday. She noticed that Hydrangea ‘Blushing Bride’ is blushing right now, so that is what we choose to offer this week.


These blooms will, of course, eventually turn brown, but for now we are enjoying seeing them turn this lovely pastel color.


It is refreshing to note that several of the hydrangeas in the ‘Endless Summer’ group are putting out new growth with flower buds on them. So, there may be more to come.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing with us this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FUN

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

Who is having the most FUN here: the Canada geese? or the skier?


You choose.


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In a Vase on Monday: Back Again

After an absence of several weeks I am glad to be back to In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Recently we have had harsh hot weather and now a lot of rain; I love the rain, but I do wish it were spaced out a bit more evenly.

Nonetheless, there is still a lot of color in my garden, rather surprising for August. The crape myrtles have stayed in bloom much longer than in previous years, the phlox is coming back from recent pruning, and ‘Little Lime’ hydrangea is blooming its heads off and is featured in this week’s vase.


The players in this light drama are ‘Purple Magic’ dwarf crape myrtle, ‘Little Lime’ hydrangea, and seed heads from vitex in the background. The vitex blooms are done, but I have deadheaded as much as I can reach, and new growth is already sprouting. With good weather, I should have another show of blooms before frost.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have taken from their gardens this week to share with us.

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