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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Odds and Ends

There are a few new flowers out in my garden. The Echinaceas have just started blooming, and the Rudbeckias are right on the verge. My Stargazer lilies are blooming too, and my daylilies are finishing up. I took a few pictures, but I didn't like the way they turned out. Maybe I'll try taking them again tomorrow and post them for Fertilizer Friday.

Instead of a post today that focuses on my own garden, I thought I would haul out some odds and ends of all the many garden tours I went on this past spring and summer, from gardens that I didn't have the energy or the creativity to do an entire post around. Even when a garden is beautiful, sometimes it's hard to come up with anything of substance to say.

So, this is basically a pictures-only post. Even when words fail me, usually my camera doesn't. Not that I'm a whiz with that either. Maybe I'll comment if the mood strikes.

Whew! Did you actually make it all the way to the end here? Bravo!

Those last two images are Abutilon flowers in the garden of PNW gardening guru Ciscoe Morris. Last Sunday, I got together with a great group of gardeners who all garden and blog in the Seattle area -- a group with the humorous name of SAGBUTT (Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United to Talk). First we met for conversation and food (and mimosas), and we followed it up with a visit to Ciscoe's garden, which was holding an Open House, via the Northwest Horticultural Society.

I first read about SAGBUTT online about 2 years ago, when I first started blogging. It was kind of defunct for a while, but when I met one of the founders, Melanthia Peterman, at the Fling last month, I encouraged her to start it up again. So she did. Melanthia writes a garden blog called Garden Muse. We had a lot of fun at the meeting, and planned many more monthly meetings and trips to area gardens.

If you garden and blog in the Seattle area, and are on Facebook, check out the group's Facebook presence here. Or if you're not on Facebook, and you're interested in joining us, send me an email at alison dot conliffe at gmail dot com.


  1. Ha ha ha! SAGBUTT is too funny and it is such a great idea. I don't think there are enough of us here in Portland to do that but maybe sometime I'm up there I'll drop in.

  2. I wondered if those last two were from Ciscoe's garden. I loved this post. Lots of pretty pictures and some great ideas in there. Loved the planted pants!

  3. I had such a great time slowly savoring each photo. Good thing there's no calories involved because they were wonderful eye candy.

    SAGBUTT--love the name. Sounds like a fun group!

  4. Great post! I recognized at least a couple of those images from the GBF.

  5. I love the vintage/redux "owl" on the fence post. The Podophyllum is to die for! I love the Hawaii-themed second photo and, well...actually there isn't a photo I don't like! Thanks for sharing. These are some awesome odds and ends!

  6. This was absolutely WONDERFUL, Alison! So many glorious plants and flowers, lovely garden scenes and some enviable garden niknaks (I LOVED those charming bird houses and both stone sculptures!)
    The colour of that deep red abutilon! I have the orange one in my garden...the sunbirds love it!

    Thank you for sharing all these lovely pictures today!

  7. Wow, there was a whole lot of creativity going on, from the gardeners and from you with your camera.

    So, how close are you to getting chickens? I lost 50 pounds doing Weight Watchers, and over time, I gained 20 of them back, but I had lost more than they wanted me to, so I am actually about what they thought I should be. Still, I decided to keep track of my points for awhile, because I wanted to stop gaining, and lose a little so I could fit in my clothes that were getting too tight.


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