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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Foliage Follow-Up October 2017

Foliage Follow-Up is hosted by Pam at Digging on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom day each month.  I'm a day late but thought I'd share some foliage seen on a walk in the park up the street from my house.

While green is still the predominant color in the park, the maples are beginning to color up nicely.

In a few days, this scene will be aflame with color.  

 Many of these large trees were planted c.1895.  

The park's Clerodendrum trichotomum  looks to be a well-behaved small tree. How do they keep it from becoming a thicket?

Soon this ginkgo tree will be wearing it's golden finery. 

Admiring this champion (largest in the state) sugar maple.

Towering Beech trees and a Japanese Maple.  There are tree maps available at the conservatory but I've never picked one up as these trees have become old friends.

Okay, it's not foliage but the bark of the 132 year-old Carolina Poplar is pretty amazing.

And back home.  My house is behind that foliage somewhere.

Monday, October 16, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - From the Thrift Store With Love

As always, many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this fun meme!  Click here to see what others have put in a vase to enjoy this week.

This summer, I found this sweet hand-painted vase at a thrift store for just a few dollars so it had to come home with me.  Must remember to grow some asters to fill it next year!

I went searching for flowers that picked up the colors of the vase.  Clerodendron trichotomum was shedding all over the lawn so those were easy.  Double impatiens won't be alive much longer.

Clerodendrum bungei 'Cashmere Bouquet', Persecaria 'Golden Arrow', foliage from ornamental grass and Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Foliage from Persecaria 'Painter's Palette'  and some hydrangeas got thrown in. 

Foliage of Parahebe perfoliata, Lonicera nitida and some grass blooms round out the arrangement.

Joining the vase are this autumn paperweight from last year's Glass Eye sale,

A conker, some acorns, and oak foliage found on a walk this sunny Sunday, the last sunny day we'll have for a while,

And a maple leaf rose made last fall that I never got around to throwing away. 

Taking advantage of the sunny afternoon, I dragged the last of the plants into the greenhouse, planted the thankfully few bulbs I bought this year, and planted a few ornamental cabbages and pansies to enjoy this winter.   Sunny days in autumn are very special!  What have you put in a vase to enjoy this week?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day October 2017

Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the fifteenth of each month.  To see what's blooming all over the world this month, click on the link above.

With temperatures in the forty degree range, and foliage taking on brilliant colors, we can no longer pretend that it's just late summer in our zone 8 western Washington garden.  Here is a bit of what's blooming this month.


Because of powdery mildew, some of the tuberous begonias have stopped blooming early this year.  There still are still quite a few going at it though.

The brugmansias have spit out a few blooms all summer but now have decided to pump out a big fall flush of bloom.

These all got hauled into the greenhouse today.


Fuchsias will continue until it freezes. 

As will Abutilon megapotamicum.

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'  is tender and went inside with the brugmansias. 

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow'


Pansies just got planted in a few pots for winter.

Tropaeolum speciosum

Impatiens omeiana

Bromeliad just dragged inside.

Bougainvillea 'Raspberry Ice'

There are a few more things blooming out in the parking strips.  Mahonia 'Soft Caress' is just beginning to open, Agastache, Salvias 'Hot Lips' and 'Amistad' and and Colchicum are also still going but I was a bit under the weather today so didn't photograph them.  Happy GBBD all!

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Glass Eye Studio Sidewalk Sale Fall 2017

Glass is an interesting substance.  Neither a liquid or a solid, it's actually an amorphous solid which is somewhere between those two states.  Mix some sand, a little soda, and a bit of calcium carbonate, add heat and voila - the shimmering material whose shine has captivated people for centuries.  (Those more philosophical than I might make some sort of connection between objects of great beauty being wrought from something common as sand under difficult circumstances.  Oh wait, they already do that with coal under great pressure making diamonds.  Never mind. Who wants to be sparkly anyway? Excuse the digression.)  We're lucky to live in a region  where glass making and working of all kinds have experienced a renaissance in the last 50 years or so.  While handmade glass is labor intensive and therefore expensive, there are a some relatively inexpensive ways to obtain beautiful pieces.  One of the most popular of these is the Glass Eye Studio semi-annual sidewalk sale.  The autumn edition took place last weekend.  I don't need another glass object but it's always fun to see what folks are making so off we went.

One of these joined my glass pumpkin collection. 

And one of these as well.  There were also a couple of five dollar, made in China pumpkins that tagged along. I'm branching out from the traditional orange.


Who doesn't need a cyclops glass, breast bottle, or octopus?  

Fun floats! 

You never know who might be glass gazing!  You may recognize the dynamic, tireless, and talented  Tom and Linda from Linda's blog Linda Letters.  It's always a pleasure to see them!

Saturn!  The glass eye makes paperweights of all of the planets in our solar system. 

Starfish with dichroic frit.  Fun.

Island Art Glass was among the affiliated vendors that brought glass to sell at deeply-discounted prices. You may recognize their work from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Sorticulture, or a number of other venues. 

One of the many independent glass artists who set up shop on the street approaching the Glass Eye sale.

Cleverly, the line to check out winds through a variety of vendors who were happy to share interesting information.   This dry-looking iridized finish was created using glass with high silver content and working the outside with a reducing flame.  The effect is similar to the raku technique where a reduction chamber is used to achieve somewhat similar results. 

Hope your weekend is free from great pressure, heat, and stress but is beautiful nonetheless!