Weekly Photo Challenge: AGAINST THE ODDS

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is AGAINST THE ODDS.

Several people at the table said there was no way I could eat all those ribs.

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Against the odds, I did!

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What is a Garden (6)

This Thursday I share another in my series of perspectives on the question: What is a Garden? These are excerpts from the article in my eBook Guess What’s in My Garden!

A garden is an expression of environmental stewardship where we make personal decisions about watering, about fertilizers, about pesticides, about weed control, about composting, about recycling.

A garden is a battleground where we are in constant combat with thorns, weeds, sunscald, frostbite, and critters.

A garden is a funhouse!

A garden is a joy!

A garden is a sure blessing!

This is the final excerpt from the article. If you missed the earlier perspectives, here are links to them.

What is a Garden (1)

What is a Garden (2)

What is a Garden (3)

What is a Garden (4)

What is a Garden (5)

How do you answer that question: What is a Garden?

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In a Vase on Monday: Something New

New flowers are showing themselves in my garden this Monday. It seems only appropriate then to share them In a Vase on Monday, the wonderful idea hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

This week marked the opening of Tete-a-tete daffodils and Veronica peducularis ‘Georgia Blue,’ and these small, delicate flowers are paired in a small vase. They are backed by boxwood and arborvitae greenery.

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img_2253The ‘Georgia Blue’ veronica is a creeping variety which spreads nicely (and politely), and it blooms early with this lovely pale lavender color. It makes a very nice evergreen ground cover at the edge of a border.

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

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SHADOW

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

How about a self portrait!

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Am I really that tall? Well it’s not Daddy Long Legs.

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What is a Garden (5)

For the past few Thursdays I have been presenting different perspectives to answering the question “What is a Garden?” Here are yet two more ways of looking at a garden. These are quotes from the larger article in my eBook, Guess What’s in My Garden!

A garden is a genealogical place where we see history taking place as we watch plants grow over time. A garden is a place to plant a tree to shade future generations. A garden is a place where pass-along plants that were gifts remind us of past and present family and friends.

A garden is a churchyard in which we pray, meditate, and get married. A garden is a place where we have our ashes scattered.

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Blossoms of Leucojum aestivum, bulbs that my grandmother got from her grandmother.

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Wordless Wednesday: Cause for Early February Smiles!

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In a Vase on Monday: Mr. Goldstrike

You have seen the ‘Debutante’ camellias several times, the hellebores aren’t quite open yet, and I’m saving the pansies when I might be in exremis on a given Monday. For our vase this week, my Arranger suggested we share this simple arrangement of aucuba foliage.

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Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike’

img_2234‘Mr. Goldstrike’ is a favorite aucuba, and its lovely foliage has accompanied many of our vases over the years. It has suffered a bit this winter from the icy weather here but is now showing new growth and plenty of flower buds. The flowers are rather insignificant, but the variegation is remarkable.

Our thanks again to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who is the host for In a Vase on Monday. Please visit her delightful blog and see what she and others are sharing this week.

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