~ From Small to Large ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

I have always loved little things. These tiny vases, purchased from Orcas Island Pottery, are perfect for small posy arrangements.


Dianthus  best guess ‘Cherry Moon’ (Pinks), Lavandula best guess ‘stoechas'(French Lavender), Geranium phaeum ‘Margaret Wilson’ (Hardy Geranium)

Peonies continue to grace the gardens and roses are popping out in lively color for early summer cheer.


Rosa ‘Charisma’, Rosa ‘Chrysler Imperial’, Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’ (Peace), Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt'(Peony), Paeonia lactiflora ‘ Karl Rosenfeld’ (Peony).

I will be posting sporadically for a while, as my sisters and I are clearing possessions out of my father’s house. We have a buyer for the property and need to get our end of things taken care of immediately.



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~ I Can See Clearly Now!* ~ WPC – Jubilant ~

This week’s photo challenge is from Michelle W. “Rejoice! It’s the end of the week, and time for a celebratory photo challenge…Let’s all end this week on a high note, with images that say jubilant.”


There are many times in my life I have felt jubilant, most recently last summer when I had cataract surgery on both eyes.  A lifetime of severe myopia that required wearing contact lenses or glasses, was reversed over a two week period. To be able to open my eyes and SEE is still cause for rejoicing! (This is the one and only time I’ve taken a selfie!!)

*Johnny Nash


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~ Cee’s B&WPC – Tongues and Tails ~

I could have gone into the trove of photos I took at the San Diego Zoo to provide a diverse collage of tails, but I’d rather feature our very own — now well-loved by many of you – Jello. When you get kissed by her, you know she means it!


Humans have 5 million olfactory receptors in our noses. Beagles have 225. However, their sense of taste is inferior to ours with a ratio of only one taste bud to our six. Dogs have no real sense of taste as we know it, but oh that nose — knows!


At the other end is a flag that helps dogs navigate on all fours, at the same time it signals their limbic reactions to the messages received through the nose. When Jello’s tail is flying at full sail, I can tell she is engaged and confident.


When she’s really excited (like at the scent of a rabbit) her tail goes wild!


If you’ve heard the expression “having your nose out of joint” you may understand the concept of having your tail out of joint!


Something in the wind has her attention!


Wonder what she’s watching…






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~ Wordless Wednesday ~



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~ JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge – Burn ~

Makeshift fire-pit at entry to the beach from Chautauqua Lodge, Longbeach, WA USA


Jello adores being at the beach. After running, rolling and playing it’s time for a good sniff about!


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~ Rose City ~ In A Vase On Monday ~

Well, almost in a vase! While out checking the gardens after two days of heavy rain, my neighbor came over to talk, then another joined us. To keep my flowers fresh I placed them in the water feature on my front entry. By the time I got back to them, I decided they looked quite nice there, so I took a snapshot of the selection!


The purple and pink Rhododendron were given to me and are among the first plants I put in the ground when I moved onto the property 33 years ago, so I don’t know the cultivar of either plant.

Eventually, I was able to put my vase choices together!


Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’ (Peace), Rosa ‘Double Delight’, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt'(Peony), Rosa ‘Charisma’, Huechera sanguinea (Coral Bells), Salvia nemorosa ‘Cardonna’

Thank you to Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme, In a Vase on Monday.

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~ Weekly Photo Challenge – Face ~

Garden sculpture at Olga Pottery, Orcas Island, Washington USA.

My maternal grandmother lived with us the last years of her life. She liked to sit on the piano bench while the family gathered to watch television. By nine o’clock, grandma was nodding off. In 1966, I was a high school junior learning to make continuous line drawings.

Grandma T

Self-portrait on the screen of my MacBook Air!



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