Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - Water World

 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.

Joining the arrangement is this undersea looking vase from West Seattle Nursery. 

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!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Looking for the Past

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.

What songs were played, what joys and pains expressed and  shared at this keyboard? 

I was very tempted to "accidentally" push through the fence to rescue this fragment of the building facade.

The heart of the building? 

Even this rubble is now gone.

Death makes way for rebirth in our gardens and in our communities. 

These fragments were carefully set aside.

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.

Fabulous in a huge loft apartment as a functional room divider...

Those light fixtures on the top shelf back there would be interesting planters.

What would Loree do?  Really big saucer planters?

Sometimes, it's best to let go of the past.
Have a good weekend all! 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Foliage Follow-Up November 2017

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.)

Cotinus 'Grace' 

Acer palmatum 'Emerald Lace' 

 Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg's burgundy foliage looked very nice weaving around the oh-so-white leaves of Fatsia japonica 'Spider Web.'  As the foliage of the former is turning bright red the combination is even more delightful.

More white variegation. Azara microphylla and Disporum 'Moonlight.' 

 Accidental combination of Black Mondo Grass and Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) that I rather like this time of year.

Agave ovatifolia

Yucca 'Bright Star' 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day November 2017

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.

Tropaeolum speciosum

Hardy Fuchsias


Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

 Eccremocarpus scaber

A few roses.

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.

Salvia 'Amistad' 

There are some that start blooming in fall like these: 

Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'

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.

Mahonia 'Soft Caress'

Schefflera delavayi blooms looked fabulous just a couple of weeks ago.

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.

Meanwhile, out in the greenhouse...

Abutilons that were blooming outside haven't slowed down at all since being moved in. 

Some succulent.

An aloe

Pinguicula 'pirouette'

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.

How did it get to be the middle of November already?