~ Silver Thaw ~ Skywatch Friday ~

A snow, sleet and ice storm pelted our region yesterday afternoon on through today. It is expected to be over soon, but the temperature is still hovering just above freezing.

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Here is a shot I took on my walk today, looking up into a grey wet Pacific Northwest sky through branches encased in ice.

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~Korean Feather Grass ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

Every guide to growing Korean Feather Grass  Calamagrostis brachytricha says to plant it in full sun. For whatever reason, my plant is thriving in almost total shade!

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Today’s arrangement includes Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ and Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea for color and contrast, presented in a large clear vase to show off the dark purple foliage of the Penstemon.

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To see what’s blooming in other gardens, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden .

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~ Flowers, Nature, Friends, Family and Home ~ WPC: Relax ~

I am inclined to agree with Jane Austin on the subject of relaxing:

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”

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At home listening to the water and birds in my backyard sanctuary.

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Happy hour at home with Creighton and Jello

“Flowers . . . have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music. They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its rigor.” Henry Ward Beecher

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Cheers on a lovely sunny evening with Jocelyn at Priest Lake.

Flowers by a lake or stream — anywhere in a natural setting — sharing a nice glass of wine with friends and family — that’s my favorite way to relax. Lindy Le Coq

Relax

 

 

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~ Wordless Wednesday + WPC: This Time of Year 2 ~

 

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It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

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~ Red Twigs and Roses ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

Last spring I added three red osier dogwood shrubs to my front yard border. This is the time of year their beautiful red stems begin to show.

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Cornus sericea and Rosa ‘Mr. Lincoln’ in salt glaze pottery vase

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for providing landscaping inspiration.

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~ Thanksgiving Cactus ~ WPC: This Time of Year ~

Yes, I know the common name for this plant is Christmas Cactus — however — clearly the plant isn’t going to wait!

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Schlumbergera

Every year, as the grey skies of late autumn/early winter descend upon my little corner of the world, this lovely plant provides a bit of brightness.

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

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~ Skywatch Friday ~

Raining hard with no let up in sight here in the southwest corner of Washington State, USA — over two inches in the past twenty-four hours. Glad to have a warm fire and inside activities to keep my busy today!

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This is a shot taken on a sunny day, when the clouds were beginning to roll in.

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