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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.

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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.

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

 

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June Blooms

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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!)

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

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


Blossom Time

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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.

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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.

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I thought it was well worth the effort.

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Sadly, the Lilacs are quickly fading now, but I did bring some in last week, and enjoyed the lovely fragrance for a few days.


New Life

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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.

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

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

 


April 18

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Quite a few Common Mergansers visiting the Lake, but they are quite camera-shy.

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Finally managed to get a few photos before they all flew away.

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Skunk Cabbage is finally beginning to appear in the woods.  Everything is going to be late this year.

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These Wild Turkeys usually hang out in my ‘Back Forty’, but the other day they decided to visit my neighbor’s chickens!


Visitors

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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.

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There were quite a few Wood Ducks around too and some Common Mergansers, but too far away for photos.

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I wonder if the Robins are considering heading south again, as the weather is still much more like Winter than Spring here! I wonder what they are finding to eat.

A year ago I posted photos of Forsythia in bloom, and Lilacs budding out.  Nothing like that around this year!  It seems Winter just doesn’t want to let go! Freezing rain forecast here for the weekend. 😦


And Still Waiting

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

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

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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.


Still Waiting!

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March in Michigan is such a frustrating month!  The weather will smile on us with warm, sunny days, then suddenly turn and dump another load of snow on us, putting us back in the Deep Freeze again.

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Suffering a bad case of Cabin Fever, I took a drive to Port Huron the other day to spend a little time enjoying Lake Michigan.  I had hoped to take a nice walk by the Bluewater Bridge, but the icy wind blowing off the Lake discouraged that.  I did manage to snap a few photos of a duck I did not recognize near the shore.

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My trusty Field Guide identified it as a female Oldsquaw or Long-Tailed Duck. They are not native to Michigan, so must have stopped in on their way North.

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The chilly temperatures help to keep my bird-feeder busy, and I managed some nice shots of this female Cardinal.


More From Chicago

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Orchid Display

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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.

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

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

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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!  😦