FRIDAY FLOWERS

The garden keeps giving.

The weather has been warm and sunny with cooler nights. It’s dry so we’re still using the sprinklers, and everybody is very happy outside!

Here is my camellia hiemalis “Pink Serenade”. I just checked the tag and yes, it is fall blooming. My notebook also says I just planted it on 11/24/13, less than a year ago. It is very happy here in its new home! Here it is with one of
Kim Klassen’s textures in the background: I love the contrast of the green/gray leaves with the gray texture.
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 As for my nasturtiums…well, they were SO pathetic by the end of August that I pulled out most of them. And now I see the joke is on me: down here they begin to thrive in late September! The summer is too hot and the sun too strong for them until fall when the straggly looking plants kind of hop to and come alive and begin flowering. Note to self: plant seeds in a more shaded area and be patient!

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And, of course, the zinnias.

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And last, some tuberoses from the farmers market (is there any scent more heavenly?) with more zinnias, with a backdrop of my new dining bench with a lovely jacquard fabric. All with late afternoon shadows on this gorgeous fall day.

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 That’s it for this week; hope you all have a nice weekend and fall back

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FALL DECOR: COLOR, LIGHT, and INTERIORS

How do you feel about Fall decor?

 Do you like the season? Do you like the colors, the textures, and the feel of images having to do with Autumn?
Are you an Autumn person?

Do we call it Autumn or Fall? Both are “correct.” According to LiveScience, Autumn is the preferred term in Britain, and Fall in the United States. It was in the 18th century that both words began appearing, replacing the season that had been known as “harvest” because, after all, it was the season of the harvest.

My friend Linda at Surroundings did a post last week, ” Elegant and Subtle Fall Decor.” I totally agree with her in that I don’t do a lot of seasonal decorating in my house. Christmas, yes, I bring down the bins from closet storage and, I have to admit, it can be fun and nostalgic to see decorations from Christmases past. It brings back memories….But Fall or its subcategory, Halloween, no. I’ve never, ever been a Halloween fan; it just doesn’t do it for me. And Fall, well, I like to photograph leaves, pinecones, acorns, the light, the grass and the changing colors but more than that I don’t do. My mantel does not change with this season!

But I do have a Pinterest Board, Fall Decor and Interiors, which I really enjoyed researching. You can check out the entire board in that link or over on my sidebar to the right.

Let’s start with some table decor:

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The simple, classy table decor above is just plain pretty. Nothing overdone about this, and have you noticed that white pumpkins are all the rage this season? I actually DO like them and have also seen some great ones with gold leaf stencils, hand lettering, and marker design.

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I love this one: so simple, full of texture and handsome.

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Here, Megan talks about “inviting and simple” decor. She certainly accomplished that in this vignette!

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This has got to be one of my all time favorites. Classy, understated, unique and pretty.

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And for a table setting: how about this understated, muted but elegant, vignette?

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And now for some interiors. Take a look at this:

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These are not really my colors…but I think this all works so well. It’s comfortable and classic, but has lots of natural light.

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Here’s a wonderful sort of Autumn look interior: the graphite walls, the gray sofa, the pop of chartreuse and then orange, again balanced by lots of natural light. yes!

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Here’s a mantel that really works: understated and doesn’t scream Fall. Nice use of gold accents with the gray.

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One last, really gorgeous living piece to go on your table, mantel or wherever. Yes, this is living as it uses air plants.
Click through to the Remodalista page for complete instructions!

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You can use grapevines (as shown here) or substitute wisteria or maybe honeysuckle?

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So now it’s your turn to tell us how you decorate for Fall.

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FRIDAY: MORNING LIGHT DETAILS

No Friday Flowers today but instead I want to show you my

Morning Light Details

Morning Light Details is actually a hashtag (#) I use over on Instagram. If you go to my Instagram page, click on the image of “One Leaf Four Ways” you will see #morninglightdetails over there on the right.
For those of you Instagram-savy, just bear with me!

I post often to Instagram. It’s kind of a daily posting of where I am, what I’m seeing, new things I like, ways of looking and photographing scenes or objects, and whatever catches my eye. It is, by far, my favorite social media tool! It’s very visual and yes, it’s really very easy to share just about anything with followers and the world. If you don’t have an Instagram account you can still stay tuned in by coming here, to the blog, and going over to the sidebar to this icon:

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Click HERE

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This was just taken and formatted today, Thursday.

 

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Following are miscellaneous shots, all taken in the morning, and all with the
#morninglightdetails.
If you are on Instagram and would like to join in, just use that hashtag!


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Naturally, I have many images of where I live, as that is where I walk in the mornings. Between the fog, the Belties, hay bales and the white fence, there is lots to see…

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ORANGE LAVENDER POLENTA CAKE

Time for a new recipe!

A friend of mine recently lent me the book,
“A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside” by Susan Branch.

My friend knew of my then-upcoming trip to England and thought this might be of interest. Yes! It’s a lovely travel story of Susan and her husband and their most recent two month trip to England. Her narrative of driving (on the “wrong” side of the road, of course!) touched home for me: I certainly did NOT consider driving during my recent trip for it would surely have been a recipe for disaster…

Susan has a few recipes in the book, but this one stood out for me right away:

Orange Lavender Polenta Cake

1+ cup superfine sugar (you can make this by putting regular sugar into a food processor)
1/2 lb. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. almond flour
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
zest of 2 oranges
1/4 c. orange juice
1 1/4 c. fine yellow cornmeal or polenta flour
2 tsp. culinary lavender (optional)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
salt to taste

Preheat oven to 325
Butter & flour a round 9″ cake pan
Beat the sugar & butter together until light.
Stir in almond flour & vanilla.
Fold in orange zest & juice, cornmeal or polenta, lavender, baking powder & salt.
Pour into pan and bake 45-50 min. until cake is set and brown on top.
Cool for 10 min.

Recipe © Susan Branch

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I just happened to have this Culinary Lavender from Bluebird Hill Farm

 

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I used cornmeal, but would like to try polenta next time.

It has a unique texture…due to the cornmeal. It’s a bit like cornbread (which I love.)  I was also drawn to the recipe with her use of almond flour. I had used it for the first time last winter and, while it is very expensive, it is so tasty and adds so much to any recipe that I am a huge fan.

Susan calls for serving the cake with a fruit syrup which would be wonderful. But I had, on hand, this yummy and sweet syrup I had bought at
Salt & Sundry in Washington, D.C.
I am going to tell you more about this and other great syrups in an upcoming post!

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I would say that this taste is not for everyone: the cake is rough textured and sort of “mealy”. I adored it, but then, I’m a big fan of cornbread.

But the book is wonderful: I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to be an armchair traveler and be whisked away to life on The Queen Mary 2 trans-Atlantic crossing and a slow ramble through the English countryside.
If you have read it, please do let us know your comments!

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FRIDAY FLOWERS

May I present:
Camellia sasanqua

Isn’t she lovely? I don’t think this one has ever (in my four years in this house) bloomed this early in the season. But no matter. I am very pleased! She sits right out front for all the world to see and has many, many flowers and buds.
The bees seem quite happy to see her!

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My red dahlias.
No, I don’t know what they are except that they have come down in my family for many generations! I carried the tubers down here when we moved and they are, for the most part, doing well. They are not too happy about all the heat, but I try to plant them in partial shade. After languishing all summer and the leaves turning blotchy and yellow, they have come out of “summer shock” and are now flourishing. We should have another month or so of warm weather so I hope to have more bright spots throughout the garden!

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 And the white Japanese Anemones are always a favorite.

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Some pink anemones, a last lavender straggler and some wild chamomile make for a dainty and ethereal bouquet!

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 I know…I said I would be doing another post on our trip to Albuquerque and our hotel. But somehow I  think we are all (me included) travel-posted-out. I will do it eventually.  In the meantime, you can see some photos of our time out there over on my Flikr page. Hope you enjoy!

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