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Applewood Estate


More uncomfortably warm weather in the forecast, so I decided to take advantage of a cooler day to visit Applewood Estates in Flint.


This former home of the Charles Stewart Mott family was donated to the public, and is cared for by many dedicated volunteers.


Hydrangeas were putting on a lovely show.


Many wonderful photo ops.  A very pleasant place to spend and afternoon.


Flower Pics


Took advantage of a beautiful day to pay a brief visit to Seven Ponds Nature Center.  Their Butterfly Garden is not yet in full bloom, but I found this beautiful Lilly.


My own Day Lilies are just coming into their own now.  They are my kind of flower, needing little to no attention from me!



Plenty of Crown vetch in bloom now.  I see a great deal of it by the roadsides.


Also came across some Winter Vetch at the Nature Center.  Just getting the hang of a phone app which helps me identify some of these plants!











More Blooms


I was able to plant my flowers a little early this year because of an unusually warm May, and they are doing well so far.


We are in for a few very hot days, so I will be kept busy watering everything.

Having everything in containers keeps weeds at a minimum, but requires much more watering, which I don’t mind.


At least I have the option of moving them into the shade if the heat begins to get to them.


June Blooms


Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, we are all playing catch-up with our outside chores, and I haven’t spent as much time with my camera as I would like.

I did manage to get a few shots on the morning walk the other day.  Found this Coreopsis growing at the Nature Conservancy. (Had to use a phone app to identify it!)


Irises are quickly fading, but I managed to find this beautiful bloom.


Lots of Wild Roses blooming in the Park, and I was happy to catch these with my pocket camera.

Lovely May


May is definitely one of my favorite months!  The newly sprouting leaves and grass are such a vivid green it almost hurts the eyes on a sunny day.

I came across my first Trillium last week.


Spent a happy hour or so at my favorite greenhouse on Wednesday.  Picked up a few annuals for my containers, but will need to go back for more.


I have to choose carefully as I do not have the greenest of thumbs, and my plants must be pretty hardy!

After a stretch of warmer days and a good bit of rain, mowing season is in full swing.  My lawn is divided up between front, side and back, and if I want to avoid having to do them all at once, I have to mow almost every day.  With riding mowers, it is no hardship to me, and gets me out into the sunshine.

New Life


Winter has finally loosened its grip on us, and Nature seems to be making up for lost time.  I came across a large patch of Bloodroot blooming in the Park on April 27th.



Daffodils braved the snow, ice and frost to give us our first taste of Spring!


They are so beautiful and so hardy.  Even the deer leave them alone!


And Still Waiting


I was hoping April would be kinder to us than March has been, but this was the scene which greeted me this morning!


I am grateful that my African Violets are blooming, as it will be a long time before we see anything blooming outdoors!



This one has been with me many years and is once more outgrowing its pot.  I am dragging my feet at re-potting, always afraid of doing more harm than good, but will have to do something soon.

More From Chicago


The Park is full of Redwing Blackbirds, Robins, Canada Geese, and I can even hear Sandhill Cranes off in the distance.  All welcome signs of Spring, but Mother Nature just doesn’t seem to get the message.  We are once more knee-deep in snow, and the forecast is not promising.


To cheer myself a bit, I have started some comfort food in the crock pot, and spent some time enjoying the photos from my visit to Chicago Botanical Gardens.


Clocks move forward this weekend, which is a pain, but at least the two I never got around to changing in the Fall will now be right!


Orchid Display


Last weekend I was invited to visit a friend in Chicago, and she took me to Chicago Botanical Gardens to check out their wonderful Orchid display.


With over 74 images downloaded, I am having a difficult time choosing which ones to post.


While I enjoyed the beautiful blooms, my itchy winter skin enjoyed the heat and humidity of their temporary home. 🙂


The mild, sunny day even allowed us to take a stroll outside, enjoying the sound of the newly returned Redwing Blackbirds and Canada Geese.  Glad we made the most of it, as we are knee-deep in snow again now!  😦

Digging Out



Just as well I didn’t have any big plans for Christmas.  Snow moved in on Christmas Eve and continued through the night and most of Christmas Day.  The first photo was taken early in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and the second one was taken on Christmas Day.


As if to make up for the miserable weather, my Christmas Cactus decided to bloom right on time!  Last time it bloomed around Easter!


Inclement  weather always brings lots of birds to my feeder, and I was able to get a couple of nice shots of this female Cardinal.


Deep snow on the deck railing was a bit of a challenge for this Titmouse!