In a Vase on Monday: A Puzzle

For this week’s In a Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden, I am  highlighting a most puzzling azalea (at least in my experience). The light and dark azalea blossoms in this arrangement are from the same plant, Encore azalea ‘Autumn Twist.’

This is a phenomenon that occurs in my garden annually in this cultivar.

I am also pleased to include the first rebloom on my heirloom Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus). The tree bloomed profusely in June/July, and I deadheaded it in August. It is now burgeoning with new growth and a host of flower buds to brighten the fall.

Filling out the vase are blossoms of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (I know it has a new name, but I’m just to old and cranky to look it up) and variegated liriope.

Please visit Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and others are sharing from their gardens today.

 

 

 

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In a Vase on Monday: This and That

All eyes in this part of North Carolina are on hurricane Irma. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people in the Caribbean and Florida who have suffered so much. Irma is moving away from our area, but we are experiencing a little rain and a bit of wind, but nothing like the areas to our south.

In anticipation of this weather, I made A Walk in the Garden on Sunday, securing items in the garden against possible damage, and looking for a few September flowers to share this Monday in our weekly vase. As you can see, I found a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

I found a few Little Lime hydrangeas, annual vinca, Samantha lantana, a few miniature zinnias, and some Encore azaleas in bloom. I trust you will visit Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden to see what she is sharing from her garden this week and to check out the vases of many of her followers.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: WAITING

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly…”

The spider spent all its effort in building an elaborate web. Now all it has to do is spend a nice afternoon In the Garden, just waiting for that fly.

The opening line is from the poem, The Spider and the Fly, written by Mary Howitt in 1838.

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In a Vase on Monday: Cool

A cool Labor Day (lazy day) morning to search out a bit of color for a vase this Monday. I am glad to feel the first touches of autumn and happy to see a host of Encore azaleas coming into bloom. Variegated liriope is also making a splash throughout the garden, and new buds are beginning to appear on the Endless Summer hydrangea. I know. It sounds like I should be talking about spring, but there you are.

A few sprigs of Sunshine ligustrum complete the picture.

Let me invite you to visit Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing with week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: STRUCTURE

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

Earlier this month I visited my daughter in San Diego. One lovely afternoon, she and I went for a short walk in her neighborhood. I spied this beautiful flower in bloom along the sidewalk and new I had to take a photo.

It is a member of the Hibiscus family. I don’t know an exact identification, but I was intrigued by the overlapping structure of its petals and the way the color blends from dark pink in the center to yellow on the edges.

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In a Vase on Monday: Is this the end of summer?

I woke up to a cool morning, hot coffee on the porch with the paper, and a feeling that fall is coming to North Carolina. I know there are still a few more weeks until fall officially arrives, but I am aware that the seasons are changing. A quick Walk in the Garden revealed several blossoms to include in a vase this day.

The hydrangeas are drifting into their fall colors, liriope is exploding all over the garden, white coneflowers and society garlic are putting out a second round of flowers, and the Encore azaleas are starting to give us their fall show.

Please visit Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden to see what she has in her vase this morning. Join her and so many others who share their treasures each Monday.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CORNER

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge in CORNER.

Go through the hole, and around the corner is a beautiful garden:

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