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Late Summer Blooms

IMG_4452My Rose of Sharon is planted in a shady spot, so tends to bloom a little late.

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On the upside, it will continue to bloom until frost.  I am hoping to have some of the trees around it pruned in the Fall to improve conditions for it.

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Brown Eyed Susans are blooming in people’s gardens, and is also growing wild.  I came across these in the State Park, along with some Daisy Fleabane.


August 10, 2017

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Cooler, drier weather has allowed us to venture into the woods for some of our walks. On a very still morning, parts of the lake looked like a reflecting pool.

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We had a little taste of Fall last week, which I really did not mind, as the mosquitoes and deer fly were less active, allowing me to work outside in peace.

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I often come across a toad in or near my barn, and the cats, fortunately do not seem to bother them.  This fine specimen has to be the biggest one I have ever seen!

The numbers on the ruler don’t show up well in the photo, but he measured almost six inches long.


August 3rd.

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I was relaxing on my hammock in the shade of the Locust tree next to the house the other day.  I don’t often see it from this angle, and realized what a nice photo this view would make.  Hard to believe this tree traveled home from the nursery in the back of our old station wagon more than 40 years ago!

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Storms in the area created some impressive clouds yesterday.  Most of the storms passed us by again, but we have picked up an inch of rain so far today, and there could be more on the way.

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The flowers on my back deck are putting on a lovely show.  It takes a lot of watering to keep them happy, but it’s worth it!

 


A Break in the Weather

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Hot, humid weather or rain has kept me cooped up in the house for several days, but cooler, drier air has finally moved in and I have been able to catch up on some mowing, and snap a few photos.

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My resident Barn Swallows have young in the nest and escort me when I mow, swooping around my head like miniature fighter planes, catching the bugs I stir up.  I so enjoy their company!

 

I decided to see if I could grow some decorative gourds in a container next to the deck.  To keep them from spreading all over the lawn, I trained them up the fence of an unused dog pen.  It did not look promising at first, but now it looks like I will have at least a few to decorate my table in the Fall.


Morning Mist

IMG_4414It used to annoy me that I no longer have the ability to sleep in.  It seems I no sooner retired than I started waking even earlier than I did when I worked!

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I have made peace with it now. Being an early riser does have its rewards, and this morning I was up in time to see mist forming as the sun came up. I have come to enjoy the peace of early mornings, and like having the barn chores done before 6:30, and the horses and barn cats enjoy an early breakfast!

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These colorful flowers grow outside the guard hut in the State Park.  Not sure what they are.


July 10, 2017

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Areas to the north and south of me have had lots of rain lately.  There has even been serious flooding to the north, but somehow the promised rain kept skipping my area.  After waiting all day for storms which never arrived, I was really surprised to see a rainbow just before sunset, a couple of weeks ago.

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The unsettled weather did make for some interesting cloud formations. I love to watch the storm clouds build.

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The Day-lilies next to the barn are in full bloom.  They are so colorful and forgiving.  They require absolutely no care, which suits my limited gardening skills perfectly!

Looks like rain has set in for the whole morning now, so our mini-drought is over.  Hoping it will dry out before the day is out.


More from Lexington

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When I was in Lexington a few weeks ago, I came across some beautiful Irises growing right next to the road.

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They are such an elegant and showy flower, but their season is all too short.

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I had a fine crop of Daisies in my pastures this year.  I read that they are a sign my soil is poor, but I enjoy them anyway!

I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately.  Had to make the most of some cooler weather to complete some outside chores.

Managed to get my ancient tractor going so that I could brush hog the pastures, and did some cleaning and pitching of the storage area in the barn.  It will take me days to get all the dust out of my sinuses, but it is very satisfying work!


Turtle Sightings

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Turtles are on the move.  It must be time for them to lay their eggs.  I spotted this one trying to do so in the middle of my front lawn.  Seems the digging was a little too hard there and she made her way over to the side lawn.  I left her in peace, so I’m not sure if she was successful over there or not.

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Came across this Snapper in the Park the other day.  Always careful to keep my distance from these big guys!

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I found this one at the beach.  Not sure if it was a snapper or not, but was careful not to get too close.


Escaping The Heat

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Saturday promised to be too warm for working outside, and Lake Huron was calling, so I once again headed East.

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I headed north from Port Huron, stopping first at Port Hope, then continued on to Lexington.

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The jetty at Lexington Harbor has a paved walk, which takes you right out into the Lake, where a stiff breeze tempered the heat, and offered wonderful views.

Today is going to be even warmer, and I will soon have to break down and put on the AC.  I much prefer open windows and fresh air,  but as the outside temperature approaches 90 degrees, I reluctantly close the house up and flip the switch, grateful that I have this option.


Signs of the Season

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As May gives way to June, The Black Locust Trees are blossoming.  The white blossoms show up particularly well against a clear blue sky.

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Dame’s Rocket is also blooming now, and is putting on a colorful show in the woods and roadsides.  Sometimes I am frustrated at how well they thrive without human assistance, while the flowers in my garden often struggle and die in spite of (or perhaps because of) my tender loving care!

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There are at least three families of Canada Geese in the Park.  Hard to get good photos as the parents are very protective and like to keep their distance.

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Looks like my semi-wild apple trees will have a good crop this year.  These trees must have been planted by the people who owned the land before we moved here, and I have never sprayed or given them any care.  I just leave the apples for the deer to enjoy.