my cup runneth over…

271/365: cup plant

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More autumn blooms in my yard. The native garden keeps on giving!

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still in bloom

270/365: meadow rue

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I’m always happy to find flowers still in bloom in early autumn – besides the ubiquitous mums, of which, I a not a huge fan. The meadow rue can easily be taller than me, despite its delicate appearance. I like things that manage to be mighty and tender all at once.

spotlight on fungus: part I

266/365: fungus

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It seems conditions lately have been perfect for sprouting a plethora of fungi. Everywhere we go, we are greeting with fascinating specimens growing on, in, and under tree trunks. This one was really ready for its close-up, lit by a single shaft of sunlight on the shadowy forest floor.

playing desert

263/365: yucca filamentosa

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There are a few plants that flourish in our north country winters that would appear to have NO BUSINESS living here. The yucca is one.

Somehow, growing this plant in my garden makes me feel like there’s something a little exotic going on right in my own front yard. I’m happy to host this denizen of the desert and other southern climes and truly impressed with its survival skills.

field trip

262/365: green ware with straw hat

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Last week I got the chance to chaperone Sawyer’s 6th grade field trip. It was an ‘old-time’ affair called River Rendezvous, a temporary city of tents set up to demonstrate life in the 1800’s. We ended the day with a pottery demonstration.

Wheel throwing is something I can get completely lost in. I took a class once while I was in grad school – just for fun – and was instantly obsessed. Watching a vessel rise up and take shape as if conjured from the clay just never ceases to amaze me. I guess I’m not alone; even the antsy kids were spellbound.

all in the neighborhood

260/365: sedum flowers

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I always feel that the sedum flowers are the ‘girl next door’ in the garden. That is to say: gorgeous and overlooked.

I had to check to see how often I’d posted them in the past…turns out it’s been five years. Definitely time these beauties get another turn in the spotlight.

Visit the 2010 sedum post here. I really like what I wrote about them back then.