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.
Last Friday, hot, humid weather promised to keep me cooped up in the house for most of the day, so I decided to seek some relief at Port Huron.
The linear park which runs under the Bluewater Bridge offers a great view of Lake Huron and the St. Claire River, and there is almost always a cooling breeze there.
It is always a thrill to see the big freighters make their careful way from Lake into the narrow confines of the river.
I think this guy was hoping for a handout from me, but I didn’t pack a lunch, so he was out of luck!
The bridge is well named, as the water here really is this blue. The cooling breeze did not disappoint, and I enjoyed a nice, leisurely walk. Much as I appreciate my air conditioning at home, I would much rather be outside enjoying the sunshine than cooped up indoors. It was well worth the drive.
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!
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.
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.
After suffering through one of the coldest Aprils on record, we are now experiencing one of the hottest Mays! I have had to confine my gardening efforts to early mornings to avoid the worst of the heat.
The Black Locust Trees are in full bloom, but with the unusual heat and last night’s heavy rain, they are already beginning to fall, so I hurried out with my camera this morning to capture some shots.
I thought it was well worth the effort.
Sadly, the Lilacs are quickly fading now, but I did bring some in last week, and enjoyed the lovely fragrance for a few days.
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.
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!
Quite a few Common Mergansers visiting the Lake, but they are quite camera-shy.
Finally managed to get a few photos before they all flew away.
Skunk Cabbage is finally beginning to appear in the woods. Everything is going to be late this year.
These Wild Turkeys usually hang out in my ‘Back Forty’, but the other day they decided to visit my neighbor’s chickens!
I spotted this pair of Tundra, or Whistling Swans on the lake in the Park the other day. They are probably just visiting on their way north, as they do not usually nest this far south.
There were quite a few Wood Ducks around too and some Common Mergansers, but too far away for photos.