Sara's Fave Photos Blog

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Published Sunday, October 11, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Fallen rose petal

Sometimes just one rose petal is enough to tell the story. Autumn is here.

A single rose petal falls on the table.

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Published Thursday, October 8, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Drying hydrangeas

This is the perfect time to see if any of your hydrangeas are ripe for drying. The petals need to be crepe-y,  sort of wrinkled, but still have good color. I put them in an inch of water, at the most. When the water evaporates in a few days, the flowers should still look wonderful. Voila!

Blue hydrangea flowers in a glass vase

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Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Three roses

While natural light is my fave, here’s some person-made light illuminating my bouquet of garden roses.

Ready for her close up, a perfect Sundowner rose in the evening

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Published Thursday, October 1, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Three succulents

The only name I know for sure is string of pearls for the middle one. Some kind of rosette with pink-gray leaves on the left, and the weirdest one, a cactus with long papery spines that are kind of like fingernails, but very pointy indeed, on the right. We’ll be getting sun in this window all winter.

Some succulents in the afternoon sun

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Published Friday, September 25, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Two bouquets

Another rose photo of the flowers I had to pick before the big rains here in Seattle. A lot of rain ruins roses.

Garden roses in a bowl and a vase, on my kitchen table

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Published Tuesday, September 22, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Kitchen bouquets

A different mood from the roses photo in the post just below, and showing more of them:

Roses in the kitchen at night

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Published Tuesday, September 22, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cut your roses before a big rain

I have over a dozen rose bushes out front, and I love to look out at them, preferring to leave them where others can also enjoy them. But a big rain is predicted (2-3″ in a couple of days), and I know that it will just beat up and ruin all the opened ones, so what could I do? I had to pick them.

Fragrant roses on my kitchen counter, before a big rain

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Published Monday, September 21, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Cactus at the Conservatory

Just a year ago, took a quick tour of the Cactus House at Volunteer Park Conservatory, in Seattle. I hope they can open again soon. We all miss it so much. Bonus image below!

Pretty little hen-and-chick succulents (not cactus!)

Bonus image:

Stunning accordian-pleated cactus (also a succulent!). When they have more water, they expand.

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Published Saturday, September 19, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Pink ladies

Also called “naked ladies” for their habit of flowering in the summer without their leaves, which appear and disappear earlier in the year. But I think they kind of look like naked ladies anyway, don’t they? At least some pink versions.

In Northern CA where I lived for many years these amaryllis relatives thrived and multiplied on sunny banks, no rain at all in the summer, creating masses of pink bliss every August. I am thrilled that I can get these to bloom at all in Seattle.

Pink Ladies or Belladona flowers are fragrant, too!

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Published Thursday, September 17, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Perennial sunflower

These cheerful yellow perennial sunflowers come back every year, spread in a reasonable manner, bloom when not that much is happening, and look good even under smoky conditions. Seattle’s air is not too good, but it’s better than other places for sure.

Yellow to the max!

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Published Tuesday, September 15, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Tiny cyclamen

These darling little cyclamen plants bloom in late summer. I think this is Cyclamen colchicum. They like dry shade, quite useful in my Pacific Northwest garden.

Cyclamen colchicum blooming in September

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Published Monday, September 14, 2020, OK personal/derivative use; link www.lovethatimage.com.

Smoky sky

We are grateful that the air in Seattle is not worse. We are not dealing with orange visions of armageddon, just “very unhealthy” levels of air pollution, blowing in from fires not very close by, thank goodness.

My veggie garden and behind that, the neighbor’s yard, yesterday afternoon

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