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Seasons

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 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.


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!


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.

 


Bluewater Bridge

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The weather gods smiled on us for most of the Memorial Day weekend. I was feeling a little down, so I decided to ignore the many outside chores awaiting me and drove out to Port Huron to enjoy the lake and the sunshine.

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Took a pleasant stroll under the bridge, then found my way to the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.  It was built in 1829 and is the oldest operating lighthouse in Michigan. It was built to help guide ships through the entrance to the St. Clair River.

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The lighthouse eventually required two keepers and the brick duplex was added around 1880 to house the keepers and their families.

By three o’clock, clouds started to move in threatening rain, so I headed home.  The chores were still waiting, but I was glad I had taken some time to relax and enjoy the day.

 


May 23, 2017

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My offering of grape jelly has attracted at least one pair of Orioles to my deck. They are quite wary and usually fly away as soon as I pick up the camera, but I managed to catch this one the other day.  I have also seen a male Hummingbird at the feeder I put out a few days ago, and business should pick up once the young ones fledge.

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We have had a lot of windy days lately, which makes wildflower photography quite difficult, but I managed to snap a couple of Trillium in the woods the other day.IMG_4289

Oak Trees are among the last to leaf out, and the tiny new leaves are bright red.

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Young Pine cones are quite colorful too, and it looks like there will be a good crop this year.


A Trip to WoJo’s

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It has been a sad and difficult week for me, and I was becoming quite depressed. But after complaining for so long about the nasty weather, I was determined not to waste a beautiful, sunny Saturday feeling down, so I set off for my favorite nursery to buy and photograph some flowers.

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Coming upon an unexpected road closure and getting lost on the way there was just the way my week had been going, but I resisted the urge to simply give up and go home, and eventually found my way there by an alternate route.

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The nursery was crazy busy as it always is the Saturday before Mother’s Day, but the colors and scents did help to lift my mood.

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We are not usually safe from frost here until the end of May, but since all my plants will be in containers, I can plant some early, and bring them in for a night if need be.


Sweet May

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After a wet and chilly start, and some frosty nights, May is finally bringing some truly Springlike weather.  The woods were so beautiful this morning with the tender new leaves such a vivid green, a photograph really cannot do it justice!

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The windless morning made this part of the lake a reflecting pool.

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It is a good year for Lilac, and I could not resist bring some into the house.  The sweet smell fills my living room.

The warmer weather has inspired me to put out my hummingbird feeder.  I have heard Orioles in the Park, so I have put some grape jelly out in hopes of attracting them to my deck.  No takers yet, but soon I hope.