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Lovely May

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 😦


Odds and Ends

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I don’t think we will have a very colorful Fall in Michigan this year.  The unseasonably hot, dry spell we had in September caused many of the leaves to shrivel up and drop, and now rain has moved in.  We are now almost halfway through October, and we still have not had a killing frost, which always seems to make the colors pop.

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Went to water my flowers the other day, and found something was blocking the spout of the waterer.  Was horrified to find it was a tree frog who had been washed right to the narrow tip and seemed to be firmly stuck.  Afraid trying to help might cause more harm than good, I decided to wait and see if he could figure it out for himself.  It took a few minutes, but he did gradually squeeze himself out, landing safely in the flowers.  You just never know where you might come across these sweet little guys!

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I often come across some interesting feathers on my walks.  I know the larger one came from a Wild Turkey, but I don’t recognize the smaller one.

 

 


Early Color

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In typical Michigan fashion we have gone from unseasonably cool to unseasonably warm weather, and Fall colors are beginning to appear here and there.

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This Maple in the Park is always among the first to turn, and catches the afternoon sun beautifully.

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Recent heavy rains have given us a fine crop of mushrooms.

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They are popping up everywhere.

 

 

 

 


September Mornings

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As Summer winds down, chilly nights often bring foggy mornings.  Although I don’t look forward to the cold weather to come, I do enjoy walking in the fog.  It muffles sound and gives me a feeling of privacy.

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The campground in the Park was full to capacity over the holiday weekend, and even though a few stragglers remained this morning, they were hidden from my view.  Abbie and I do enjoy having the Park all to ourselves!

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I came across some Jewelweed growing next to the lake, and the moisture clinging to its petals really helped it live up to its colorful name.

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Hummingbirds have been busy at my feeder, packing on the calories before heading south for the winter.  I envy them.  I have always said if I had wings and no job, I would head south for the winter too!

 

 


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.


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.


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!


More from Dow Gardens

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I did not expect to be taking outside shots when I visited Dow Gardens, but even with the river still ice-covered and snow on the ground there were many attractive areas.

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The brief walk from the entrance to the Conservatory revealed this lovely waterfall.

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This red bridge is one of three at the gardens, designed by Alden B. Dow.

As March draws to a close, Spring still seems to be dragging her feet.  Yesterday brought us a rain/snow mix all day, and today is just cold, wet and dreary.  So glad I have these sunny pictures to remind me of a pleasant day out.


First Frosts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have finally had a couple of killing frosts, so I guess we are now officially into Indian Summer.

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Most of my flowers have succumbed to the cold nights, but my Geraniums are still holding their own.  In fact, this pink one on the back deck looks better now than it has all Summer!

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It was so dark and gloomy when we set off for our walk last Wednesday that I left the camera at home.  Regretted it when I saw the sky reflected in lake, but managed to get a couple of decent shots with my cellphone.

Glad we have finally moved off Daylight Saving Time, so it will get light earlier in the morning.  I know it means it will get dark earlier too, but I am an early riser, and hate having to wait until eight o’clock for it to get light!

The other downside is, it takes me a while to adjust, and I will feel jet-lagged and out of sorts for about a week. 😦