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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.


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. 😦


October Gifts

img_3807October has been quite kind to us for the most part.  We have had our share of gloom and rain, and some very cold mornings, but today we are back to Summer-like temperatures and sunshine.

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Have to check the temperature before setting out for my morning walk to know if I will need a light jacket, or Winter coat.  Some mornings I have needed hat, gloves and scarf, and others, hardly needed a coat at all.

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We are still enjoying some gorgeous colors, and I am trying to make the most of each and every nice day.  They will be gone for good all too soon!

We have had a couple of hard frosts, which I hope means the end to my mowing season.  For a while there, we were getting so much rain I seemed to be mowing every day!

Can’t complain too much.  It has kept the pastures in good shape, which makes my horses happy!


June 25

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Glanced out the front window the other day, and spotted a butterfly resting with wings open on my hammock.  Grabbed the camera and hurried out to see if I could get a shot of it, but of course it was gone!

Didn’t spot this cute little Tree Frog until I was on my way back in.  Tree Frogs are much easier subjects than Butterflies! 🙂

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It seems to be a good year for Wild Roses.  Too bad these delicate blooms are so short-lived.

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I read somewhere that Daisies are a sign of poor soil, so I am sorry to see so many of them in my pasture, but they are beautiful, just the same!

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At least the bees appreciate them!


Signs of Summer

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I was feeling a bit blue a couple of weeks ago, and decided one more trip to the nursery might lift my spirits.  Hard to feel sad among all the beautiful blooms.

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Spotted this Tree Frog on my window the other night.  A sure sign of Summer.  He will leave sticky footprints on the window, but I really don’t mind. 🙂

 

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Dame’s Rocket is making a fine showing in the woods and along the roadsides.  Our ever fickle weather has turned very hot today, with the promise of possible storms this afternoon.  A couple of days ago, I was running the furnace.  Looks like today we will be switching back to AC!  Gotta love Michigan! 🙂


A Trip to the Nursery

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With poor Hubby still at the nursing facility, and Spring Mowing Season in full swing, my days have been very full.  But I did manage a short visit to the local nursery last week, and made sure to take the camera along.

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Being surrounded by all these lovely colors, cannot help but lift the spirits.

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I only bought a couple of plants, as there are bound to be a few frosty nights ahead of us.  Sadly, I did not inherit my Mother’s green thumb, so I like to ease into the season by planting a few things at a time.


Looking Back

IMG_0992After two absolutely brutal Winters, we have really appreciated an unusually mild December.  I have not even heard anyone complain about not having snow for Christmas!  It has been quite a bit colder this past week, but today we have sunshine and temperatures slightly above freezing – not bad for January 6th.

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Could not resist looking back through the archives to December 2013 and the ice storm which left many of us without power all the way through Christmas.

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Although the storm was devastating to the trees and power lines, it was very beautiful, especially when the sun came out a day or two later.

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The foot of snow we had in November soon melted, and we have not had anything measurable since then.  I have often complained about not being able to walk my favorite trails during the winter, because the deep snow made the footing too difficult, so this year my daughter bought me Snowshoes for Christmas!  I can just hear Mother Nature laughing!  Haven’t even tried them on yet, but I’m sure they will get a workout before 2016 is out.