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Fickle April

I was so disappointed to see snow flying past my window this first day of April that I went searching through my hard drive for something colorful to post.

These lovely Daffodils were photographed on April 20th 2020.

And this was taken on April 23rd 2020. Best not put our winter jackets away just yet.

Fortunately, Daffodils are much tougher than they look, and soldier on through frost and snow, and anything else this fickle month can throw at them!


July Blooms

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Gathering storms gave us an interesting sunset yesterday.  Unfortunately we missed out on most of the much needed rain.

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In spite of the drought, and being eaten down by the deer this spring, my Day Lilies are blooming beautifully now.  I appreciate how hardy and undemanding they are!

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They did seem to appreciate the brief shower we had yesterday.

 

 

 


Fickle April

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A few days ago I was enjoying warm sunshine as I took photos of my Forsythia in bloom.

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Yesterday it snowed almost all day, and there was a heavy frost overnight.

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Found a Marsh Marigold almost ready to bloom at the Conservancy this morning.  It did not look very happy!


Christmas Cactus

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I don’t usually do well with house plants, although I have had some success with African Violets, so when a friend gave me a Christmas Cactus, I did not expect too much from it. But I followed the instructions that came with it, and managed to keep it alive.

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After a couple of years it produced a single bloom, and I was thrilled.

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This year for the first time it is producing multiple blooms and at the correct time of year!  My patience has paid off!


Dow Gardens 9/7

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Feeling at a loose end last Saturday, so I took a spur of the moment trip to Dow Gardens.

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They have recently added a Canopy Walk through a wooded area which offers some unique views.

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It surprises me that Hibiscus can grow here in chilly Michigan.  It looks very tropical.

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I couldn’t find a name for these showy flowers.  they come in several different colors and were putting on a lovely show for so late in the season.

It is a three hour round trip for me to visit this meticulously kept facility, but it was well worth it.


Applewood

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At the end of a very wet and chilly May, we took advantage of a warm, sunny day to visit Applewood Estate in Flint.

Few of the perennials were in bloom, but the Rhododendrons were just beautiful.

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I have never seen white Bleeding Heart before.

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Some of the Irises had already faded, but this one was at its best.  Love the delicate color of this one.

I hope to visit again soon (if I can ever catch up on the mowing at home!)


Welcome May

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Even when the weather is less than ideal, May is one of our most beautiful months.  Daffodils don’t seem to mind braving the chilly nights and occasional snowfalls, and are such a cheerful and uplifting sight.

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I would love to photograph wildlife more than I do, but really lack the skill and patience it requires.  That said, photographing flowers is not always easy.  Had to get down on my knees in the mud to catch these daffodils, and the slightest breeze had them dancing in and out of focus!  Thank goodness for digital, which allows me to snap away and discard the failures!

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Had to brave mud and some flooding on the trails at the Nature Conservancy, but it was worth it to find Spring Beauty and Marsh Marigolds in bloom.

 


More signs of Life

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Bloodroot is blooming in the Park.  They must be about the earliest wildflowers to bloom, and seem to be managing our wild swings of temperature.  We have had a few 60 degree days, but nights are still dropping to freezing at times.  We were even threatened with snow on Saturday night, but fortunately, it passed us by.

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My Lilacs are just about ready to bloom.  I look forward to bringing some fragrant blooms into the house.  Sad that they fade so quickly.

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I often come across wild turkeys in my travels, but these wily birds usually hurry away before I can point a camera at them.  Managed to snap this out of the car window on the way home from the Nature Conservancy the other day.


A Taste of Spring

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Took a tip from a Facebook Friend and picked up some potted Hyacinths with my groceries.

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While we are still locked in the grip of snow and ice outside, their scent is filling my living room with a hint of Spring, lifting my sagging spirits.

This was well worth the small investment!


Christmas Cactus

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A friend gave me a Christmas Cactus some time ago.  I am still getting the hang of how to care for it, but it has recently started blooming for me.

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So far it has only managed one bloom at a time, but what a beautiful, delicate flower it is!

Following instructions I found on line, I have moved it to a warmer, lighter location, hoping to encourage it to continue blooming – even if this is not the correct time of year for it to do so!


Applewood Estate

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More uncomfortably warm weather in the forecast, so I decided to take advantage of a cooler day to visit Applewood Estates in Flint.

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This former home of the Charles Stewart Mott family was donated to the public, and is cared for by many dedicated volunteers.

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Hydrangeas were putting on a lovely show.

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Many wonderful photo ops.  A very pleasant place to spend and afternoon.


Flower Pics

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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.

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My own Day Lilies are just coming into their own now.  They are my kind of flower, needing little to no attention from me!

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Plenty of Crown vetch in bloom now.  I see a great deal of it by the roadsides.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


More Blooms

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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.

 


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.


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.


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!

 


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.


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!  😦