Weekly Photo Challenge: VARIATIONS-ON-A-THEME

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is VARIATIONS-ON-A-THEME.

There are a lot of varieties of wine in this case, but I am assured that the taste of each bottle is marvelous.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SILENCE

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

It is only the tinkling of this small waterfall that breaks the silence of this scene.

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2018: For A Year of Hope for Peace

My prayer for 2018 is that it will be a year of peace, prosperity, generosity, and full blossoms.

I would ask readers to join me in that prayer. Please send back the word for peace in your language if it is not in this graphic.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: FAVORITES

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

We have been asked to share our favorite photos from 2017. Here are the two that received the most likes and comments from you kind readers during the year:

An old fence rail in the mountains of North Carolina:

And a black snake that came out of a bush while I was pruning it.

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In a Vase on Monday: Survivors

Last week for In a Vase on Monday I shared a vase of reblooming bearded iris buds that I saved from a forecast frost. Several readers encouraged me in trying to “force” the iris inside. I am happy to share this modest but blooming vase of bearded iris ‘Clarence’ which made it through the week. The ‘Sunny Disposition’ showed a tiny speck of yellow for a day or so but faded before opening and was removed.

It’s fun when an experiment brings a positive result. Please visit Cathy, the originator of IAVOM, at Rambling in the Garden to see her vase and that of others who join with her each week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ASCEND

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

I planted this Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) next to a pine tree in my previous garden in Chapel Hill. I watched it grow rapidly in just a few years until it ascended to about fifteen feet. It is gloriously striking in bloom, BUT all those lovely blossoms became airborne seeds and found their way every where. They looked like dandelion seeds in the air; that should have been a clue. I eventually had to remove it; it is simply a beautiful but super invasive pest.

Garden readers beware!

Sweet Autumn Clematis

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In a Vase on Monday: Frost Evasion

In anticipation of the first real frost in my garden over the weekend, I clipped a few bearded iris scapes that were up and had buds on them. I left a few shorter ones in the ground, but true to form, the frost did them in. What I saved, however, had not bloomed but I thought they just might make a different offering for In a Vase on Monday. Keeping it simple, I just plopped them into a vase and here you are (my Arranger has removed herself from any credit for this one).A close-up reveals the lavender of iris ‘Clarence.’ The yellow of ‘Sunny Disposition’ is still in hiding. I have never tried to “force” iris, but I’m looking forward to seeing results from this experiment.

I love having bearded iris that just might bloom in December!

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what the creator of this meme is sharing this week.

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