In a Vase on Monday: Remontant

Remontant: [ri-mon-tuhnt] adjective,  blooming more than once in a season.

I have been growing reblooming (i.e., remontant) perennials for over twenty-five years. First were daylilies, and then came roses, hydrangeas, azaleas, viburnum, and bearded iris. This week’s Vase on Monday features three remontant bearded iris from my garden: ‘Clarence’ (lavender). ‘Immortality’ (white). and ‘Sunny Disposition’ (pale yellow).
They don’t bloom so prolifically the second time around, but it brings great joy to see them blooming in October.
Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see her vase this week and all the others around the blogosphere who join her each week.
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A Friday Walk in the Garden: Dilly, Dilly

I remember a song from years ago that began with the words “Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly.” It made the rounds on the radio, and I never did understand the “dilly dilly” part. As I walked through my garden on this cool, rain soaked morning, I found my self humming that tune from long ago.

Could it be that I was seeing so much lavender in my garden this morning?

Let me share the various shades of lavender blue that had me humming:

Bearded Iris ‘Clarence’

This fall’s first pansies and reblooming hydrangea ‘Endless Summer,’ a bug eaten clematis ‘Ramona,’ and my heirloom chaste tree.

Society garlic has been in bloom continuously since spring.

Society Garlic

I’m delighted that you joined me and hope you are humming along…”Lavender blue, dilly dilly”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE

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

The size of this sculptured hand is certainly out of scale with the people passing by in uptown Charlotte:

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In a Vase on Monday: A Few of My Favorite Things

There are several passions that drive my everyday life, and I am combining two of them today in this week’s In a Vase on Monday…gardening and tennis.

The flowers are lavender asters, red zinnias, pink Encore azaleas, and white annual vinca that came from a windblown, chance seedling.

It’s not fancy, but it holds water and flowers. I guess that makes it a vase.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see her vase this week and all the others around the blogosphere who join her each week.

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A Saturday Walk in the Garden: End of Month Review

A pleasant Walk in the Garden this day let me see a number of flowering plants to share on this End of Month Review.

This is our first fall camellia, ‘Our Linda.’

Clematis ‘Ramona’ is strutting its fall stuff.

Many of the Encore azaleas are in bloom; here is only a sample.

There is still quite a bit of color lingering here at the end of September.

And finally, a pleasant surprise this fall has been the growth and first flowering of an October Lantern Lily (Echeandia chandleri). I won it at a raffle at our Garden Club last fall and am delighted to see that it made it through its maiden winter and is blooming nicely.

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In a Vase on Monday: Cleyera

Once again it’s Monday, the first Monday in autumn, and time for In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden,  I have been growing Cleyera japonica for over ten years and found it to be a reliable, vigorous (always be careful of a plant described as “vigorous”), and evergreen. I have seen almost invisible flowers on them, but this is the first year I’ve seen these lovely, red seed pods. Perhaps they were there and I just didn’t notice. Whatever. This week’s vase consists entirely of the seed pods.

Let me invite you to visit our host Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden, to see what she and others who participate in this meme are displaying in their vases this week.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LAYERS

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

It struck me that this Turkey mushroom (Trametes versicolor) is a beautiful example of an object that exhibits layers of growth, size, and color. It was growing on an old stump in the woods behind my garden.

Trametes versicolor

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