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- 10/20/17--06:00: _Fleur De Lis Garden...
- 10/23/17--06:00: _In a Vase on Monday
- 10/24/17--06:00: _It's Pumpkin Patch ...
- 10/25/17--06:00: _Wednesday Vignette ...
- 10/26/17--06:00: _Growing Old Gracefu...
- 10/27/17--06:00: _An Autumn Visit to ...
- 10/30/17--06:00: _In a Vase on Monday...
- 10/31/17--06:00: _Happy Halloween
- 11/01/17--06:00: _Wednesday Vignette ...
- 11/02/17--06:00: _Meanwhile at the Se...
- 11/03/17--06:00: _It's Getting Crowde...
- 11/06/17--06:00: _In A Vase On Monday...
- 11/07/17--06:00: _Autumn at Willow Tr...
- 11/08/17--06:00: _Wednesday Vignette
- 11/09/17--06:00: _What's New at Portl...
- 11/10/17--05:30: _Thank You Veterans!
- 11/13/17--06:00: _In Anything but a ...
- 11/14/17--06:00: _Falling into Watson's
- 11/15/17--06:00: _Garden Bloggers' Bl...
- 11/16/17--06:00: _Foliage Follow-Up N...
- 11/17/17--06:00: _Looking for the Past
- 11/19/17--17:58: _In a Vase on Monday...
- 11/21/17--06:00: _For a Good Time, Ca...
- 11/22/17--06:00: _Wednesday - Autumn ...
- 11/23/17--05:30: _Happy Thanksgiving!
- 10/20/17--06:00: Fleur De Lis Garden Ornaments
- 10/23/17--06:00: In a Vase on Monday
- 10/24/17--06:00: It's Pumpkin Patch Time!
- 10/25/17--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - Falling
- 10/26/17--06:00: Growing Old Gracefully - It's a Mess out There!
- 10/27/17--06:00: An Autumn Visit to Todd's Nursery
- 10/30/17--06:00: In a Vase on Monday - The Eyes Have It!
- 10/31/17--06:00: Happy Halloween
- 11/01/17--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - What to Keep?
- 11/02/17--06:00: Meanwhile at the Seymour Conservatory...
- 11/03/17--06:00: It's Getting Crowded in Here.
- 11/06/17--06:00: In A Vase On Monday Something Old, Something New
- 11/07/17--06:00: Autumn at Willow Tree Gardens
- 11/08/17--06:00: Wednesday Vignette
- 11/09/17--06:00: What's New at Portland Avenue Nursery?
- 11/10/17--05:30: Thank You Veterans!
- 11/13/17--06:00: In Anything but a Vase on Monday
- 11/14/17--06:00: Falling into Watson's
- 11/15/17--06:00: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day November 2017
- 11/16/17--06:00: Foliage Follow-Up November 2017
- 11/17/17--06:00: Looking for the Past
- 11/19/17--17:58: In a Vase on Monday - Water World
- 11/21/17--06:00: For a Good Time, Call Alison Part One; Barone Garden
- 11/22/17--06:00: Wednesday - Autumn Textures
- 11/23/17--05:30: Happy Thanksgiving!
If you've attended the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, you've probably seen the Fleur De Lis booth. Fortunately they're located just up the street from The Glass Eye Studio so after visiting the sidewalk sale, we usually stop by Fleur De Lis.
Happy weekend! If you're in the area, the Rhododendron Species Garden is holding it's Foliage Festival and plant sale this weekend. Find out more here.
It's easy to become addicted to throwing something from the garden or found nearby in a vase each Monday thanks to the talented and dedicated Cathy of Rambling in the Garden who hosts this habit-forming meme. Click on the link to see what she's found to put in a vase this week and to find links to the vases of other participating bloggers.
Euonymus europaeus 'Red Ace' is showing off it's vibrant berries in the parking strip. This was the last plant I purchased from Steamboat Island Nursery run by Duane and Laine who both now live only in our memories. The autumn glory of this plant brings sweet thoughts of these kind people and their wonderful nursery.
Also now in berry is Phytolacca americana (Pokeweed,) which some consider a weed. I let a few grow for these berries borne on vibrant fuschia stems.
Once again the giant orange squash has has it's day in the sun. Pumpkins grow well in our climate and during the fall in these parts, pumpkin patches seem nearly as numerous as Starbucks Shops. (Starbuckses?) The sight of pumpkins ripening in fields and home gardens still fills me with glee. Even the sight of piles of them outside of grocery stores elicits warm feelings. We visited a pumpkin patch in early October and it was already teeming with equally orange-obsessed folks enjoying the crisp autumn air.
The pumpkin patch is often a last hurrah for farms that open around strawberry time in June, sell seasonal berries through the summer, peaches, tomatoes, pears, apples, etc. and finally all manner of winter squash and corn.
Seems like they get more and more elaborate each year with all sorts of activities and various food trucks/booths. Many are like small county fairs.
I feel fortunate to live in a city that's only a fifteen-minute drive from farmland. Unfortunately, it's rapidly being paved and replaced with industrial buildings.
What? Yes, even here. I must admit, there's no messy clean up after the season is over, just some bubble wrap, a box, and away they go for another year.
Here's an interesting article written in April about the possibility of this happening.
Fall is a chaotic time in my garden. In addition to leaves falling from trees and plants continuing to grow and sag with the weight of rain and the tumult of wind, the gardener only gets to play outside for a few hours on the weekend. Some would call it messy, I prefer to think of it as the garden growing old gracefully.
Each October, after visiting the pumpkin patch, we stop by Todd's Nursery and I vow to visit again in the spring and summer but somehow never make it. Todd's is a large nursery with lots of lovely areas to stroll around and explore. See previous visits here, here, and here. On this day, we'd just attended the Glass Eye Sidewalk Sale, Fleur de Lis Garden Statuary, and the pumpkin patch and I wanted to get home to do a little gardening so I didn't wander as much as usual.
This table and stools had me drooling. Fun to look at but when sitting at the table on the stools, where would your legs go?
The red culms of Fargesia jiuzhaigou are gorgeous & it almost jumped into my cart but I'm kind of out of space. In reading more about it after I got home, I learned that it's slow growing and does well in containers. Wonder if they still have it?
Also just right for the season is this glass face container found at the same sale. It's holding Senecio viravira along with some pokeweed and cotoneaster berries.
Cyclops is holding Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus', opened seed pods of Iris foetidissima and unopened pods of Paulownia tomentosa along with some pokeweed berries from last week's vase. These two looked a little lonely.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Be sure to visit her blog to see what others have scared up to put in a vase today.
For you history buffs, here's a link to an interesting article about the history of this harvest celebration.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we'll be having the first rain-free Halloween in eleven years. The day will be sunny and early evening temperatures are predicted to be in the fifties. No frost on the pumpkin so far this year.
Last Wednesday, I posted pictures of the beginning of the demolition of an historic building not far from my house. Alan commented, "Buildings don't last forever..." It's true of course but it's still difficult to watch any usable and historic building being torn down. (Like loosing an old friend.) I've been going back every day to see and photograph the progress. With this building reduced to a pile of rubble, the view of the back of a marvelous and iconic Tacoma building is now unobstructed. As I walked around snapping pictures the other day, this view through the claw of one of the pieces of equipment used in the destruction along with Alan's words haunted me. What building will be next to be torn down?
What do wee keep and what do we discard? If no one uses grandma's china anymore, do we keep it simply because it's beautiful? Are things like buildings worth saving simply for historic/aesthetic value or do they become some sort of anchor keeping the ship of progress from sailing? There's a building boom in Tacoma and huge multi-family residential buildings have been springing up all over the place for the last twenty years but the pace of urban infill seems to be ramping up even faster in the current regional economy. What is the destiny of The City of Destiny? (Tacoma is locally known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century.)
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne
Happy Dia de los Muertos and All Saints' Day.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. Do drop by her blog to join the fun.
How lucky that on cold wet northwest autumn days, we can simply walk up the street a bit and find a warm and colorful garden.
Fear not, the temporary fence around the back of the conservatory isn't there for demolition purposes. An addition to the conservatory is about to be constructed.
It was just before Halloween when we visited and areas were set up for families to take seasonal pictures. A basket of fancy feathered masks is just out of sight here for those who wanted to be even more festive.
It's tempting to try and grow mums like this, especially the big football types (not pictured) but they require a lot of work and I'm pretty darned lazy.
Gardening in zone three, I remember seeing pictures of gardens where plants like roses, rhododendrons, and even Hedera helix grew in the ground and didn't have to be brought inside for the winter. What an amazing thing it must be not to drag plants inside during the cold season. Now, gardening in zone eignt, I take those and many other hardy plants for granted and drag a whole gaggle of other plants inside for the winter. (Crazy!) Since I've had a greenhouse, both the number and size of the tender plant collection have grown. Most of the plants in the greenhouse were brought home in gallon sized pots or smaller. The greenhouse is a delightful extra garden room in the summer but during these cold months, it's become a crowded, difficult to navigate jungle. Come on in and take a look. One at a time please, there's very little space not taken up by the green residents of the place.
The funny thing is, it doesn't seem any less crowded outside even with all of these plants stacked in here.
No friends, it's not pretty but it's still fun to mosey down with a hose and water the plants every week or so.
Joining the vase are a pumpkin, some squash, and a couple of dragon fruit. I've never tried dragon fruit and these looked very beautiful at the store.
An email arrived the other day announcing that Willow Tree Gardens and Interiors' Christmas open house was starting on Saturday. This nursery is always a delight to visit but at this time of year the entire interior is transformed to a winter wonderland. I'll save those shots for later but today, here is some autumn beauty from the exterior of Willow Tree.
Deutzia 'Strawberry Fields' is spectacular in bloom and this autumn foliage color adds another season of interest.
Winter pots remind me of how lucky we are to live in a climate where there's nearly always something blooming outside.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click here to see what's caught the eye of other participating bloggers this week.
These cool new windowed pull down windows are new. This previously open structure has been part of the nursery for many years but the addition of the doors will give the building more versatility.
The additional protection will certainly be appreciated by the plants inside. Will PAN start carrying more tender plants or maybe even branch out into houseplants in the future?
Much of the nursery, usually devoted to perennials, roses, etc. is now empty. I understand that they bring in Christmas trees after Thanksgiving. Topiary dolphin sentries guarding the barren ground.
This nursery is always incredibly clean and in fall when gardens and landscapes are their at their messiest, this tidiness stands in stark contrast.
The primary school at which I teach had it's annual Veterans Day assembly yesterday. Each year, veterans and active service men and women are invited to attend and be honored. The children learn about the branches of the military and why we should all be grateful to the individuals who've served our country to preserve our freedoms. The interactive presentation included the audience reading the line, "Thank you veterans. You are America's heroes" after brief introductions to each branch of the service. This year, a group of uniformed active military men and women also visited classrooms to greet the kids. Each year the soldiers seem to get younger and it hit me hard as I sang the national anthem and looked at these brave young souls, that they could easily be my children or former students. Always before, I'd thought of them as adults, and they are, but they also seemed so very young, children really, whose parents and communities have loved, taught, and nurtured.
This Veterans Day, I'll once again be grateful for my freedoms, thankful to the men and women who have and are serving their country, and disappointed in humanity that war still exists. A verse of the hymn "The Church's One Foundation" comes to mind:
To celebrate the fourth anniversary of In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, participants were challenged to create an anniversary contribution in something other than a vase. It being the season of pumpkin spice everything, I chose a pumpkin spice coffee bag. To see what containers and arrangements others came up with, click here.
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' leaves, a branch of Euonymus europaeus 'Red Ace' several of Cotoneaster franchetii, some Cotinus coggygria 'Grace' leaves, and Clerodendrum trichotomum berries found their way into the bag.
Happy fourth anniversary of In a Vase on Monday, Cathy! Thank you for challenging us to bring something inside from our gardens or foraged nearby to brighten our week.
Watson's is another nursery in our area that does holiday decorations in a big way. I'll save the parade of Christmas decor for a later post but there's still a lot of great autumn treasure to be found.
Love the cheerful and long lasting orange lanterns of Physalis alkekengi. These plants are on sale for 50% off.
Hops were an important crop in the agricultural development of the Puyallup Valley in which Watson's is located. They make an attractive wreath.
Succulents and cacti are still riding the wave of popularity and people are finding all kinds of fun ways to display them.
While I'm mostly a single plant per pot kind of guy, these pumpkin arrangements tug at my heart. They're long lasting and the plants can be reused later.
Orchids are interesting flowers but have never been a favorite. If I lived in a tropical climate and could grow them on tree branches, I might have a collection.
I hope you're enjoying autumn and if you're in this region, I hope you weathered the wind and rain storm unscathed.
On the fifteenth of each month, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Click on the above link to see what's blooming all over the world this month.
Here in my zone 8 Pacific Northwest Garden, I can usually find something in bloom year round but blooms are becoming fewer at this time of year. There are some summer stragglers that keep going like these.
Salvia 'Hot Lips' has been blooming up a storm all summer but this is the first time it's been included in one of my GBBD posts.
Okay, these are seed capsules of Euonymus europaeus 'Red Ace' but they're much more showy than the flowers of this plant.
It's always a race to see if Tropaeolum tuberosum will get to open it's blooms before frost. Most years it makes it.
Arbutus unedo has just started opening scads of blooms. Usually there's also cool red fruit hanging around with the flowers.
It's hard to resist putting a few pansies in pots by the back door as they bloom all winter. The plants may lay flat on the ground and look dead during a freezing spell but they bounce right back up as soon as it thaws.
This will probably be the last month for hardy cyclamen flowers. Fortunately, that fabulous foliage will hang around all winter.
This poor brugmansia has had a very difficult summer, loosing all of it's leaves at least three times due to spider mites and whitefly. I think we've got things under control now and there are a few leaves and even more blooms.
Every month, on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, Pam Penick of Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up to celebrate the important role foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year. To see her post and find links to other participating foliage fans, click here
I'd decided to live without ornamental kale and cabbage this fall and winter but then they looked so beautiful and something needed to fill the pots by the back steps left vacant when the tender plants went into the greenhouse.
How can one not be happy with plants that will look this beautiful all winter long? (I ended up with seven when I found them on sale.)
The demolition of Tacoma's Scottish Rite Temple/ Bible Presbyterian Church about which I posted here and here, is complete and as I drive by the space once occupied by the building, there's just a fenced hole in the ground. The heavy equipment is gone and the site will soon be busy with construction. For a few weeks, I stopped by every day after school to see the progress.
This feels a little like watching the garden shutting down for the winter. (Although, we know that winter is a busy time for plant life but most of that activity is happening underground.)
Kitty corner from the site is this beautiful older apartment building and a new 175 unit apartment building nearing completion.
I was very tempted to "accidentally" push through the fence to rescue this fragment of the building facade.
Second Use Building Materials has some of the salvaged bits from the building including a couple of really interesting masonic pieces and beautiful tongue and groove flooring. Someone also rescued some incredible old growth huge beams. Being in the mood to look at salvaged materials, I stopped by Earthwise Salvage the other day.
For me there's a wistful feeling looking at these fragments that were for many years part of lives, loves, events. Pieces of places called home.
I'm totally in love with this sink but am not sure where it would fit in my garden. There is an upstairs bathroom in our house that needs to be rescued from a 1970's remodel & this might work there.
Last weekend, Alison and I went nursery hopping and I brought home more dried hydrangeas. Alison said that they'd make an easy vase some Monday and since venturing outside on a cold and wet Sunday afternoon wasn't particularly appealing, I decided to cheat a bit and use what was already inside. This vase from Paris was purchased years ago at a shop in Alaska and seemed just right for the hydrangeas. (The name hydrangea comes from the Greek "hydor," meaning water, and "angos," meaning jar or vessel.) Notice the stingray pattern
There were some dried miscanthus and lunaria annua seed heads hanging around so they got thrown in as well.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by the dedicated and creative Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who has created a "Rhapsody in Green" this week while I'm still singing the blues. Click here to join in the fun!
On Saturday night, I stopped by the gas station near my house to fuel up for the week and a large flat bed truck pulled up behind me marked "Barone." The bed of the truck was empty but I recognized the driver from a recent visit, with my pal Alison, to Barone Garden . The driver, with whom I had a nice chat, assured me that they are happy to deliver just about anywhere in the Puget Sound region. I'm seeing these pictures with fresh eyes since I'm no longer limited to what would squeeze into the plant mobile.
Barone has one of the largest collections of garden decor in the area and it's always a joy to see their ever-changing inventory.
By the way, in case you haven't heard, Fleur de lis garden statuary in Seattle will be closing by the end of December as they haven't found another location. Everything in stock is now 50% off. Back to Barone - There's something for every garden style.
One of these hose pots almost came home with me. Wouldn't one look awesome with a large agave growing in it?
I love these natural-looking water catchers and I'd imagine that the birds are fairly fond of them as well.
Both Alison and I fell hard for this gorgeous pot. It would have jumped in the car immediately if it weren't so large and I could think of a place for it in my garden.
Most of the fountains were in part sun/part shadow and were difficult to photograph. There were hundreds of different styles.
This lady, who looks like she could be a fragment of a fancy historic building facade, did jump into the plant mobile.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. Flutter on over to her blog to see her vignette this week.