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April Blooms

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As the weather finally warms up, the wildflowers are starting to bloom in the woods.  Daffodils have been blooming at the nature conservancy for several weeks.  They do well here as the deer don’t seem to care for them!

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Yellow Trout Lilies are among the first to bloom in the woods at the State Park, along with Spring Beauties.

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Sat on my front porch, enjoying the sunshine the other day, when I felt something land on my head.  Carefully removed my hat to see what it was, and found this Tree Frog!  He hopped from my hat to my lap and rested there for a few minutes before making his way to the deck, which gave me the opportunity to fetch my camera.

I often find these guys hanging out in my flowers, but was surprised to see one this early in the season – especially on top of my head! 🙂

 


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! 🙂


Sweet May

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In spite of an unusually chilly, and very wet April, Wildflowers are beginning to appear in the woods.

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Bright yellow Marsh Marigolds are easy to spot, and are thriving in the very wet conditions.

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Trillium are a little harder to find, but are beginning to pop up here and there.

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Early mornings are full of birdsong now, and the Robins and Blackbirds have been joined by Orioles, Wrens and Swallows.  It looks like a pair of Swallows will be setting up house in our barn again this year, and they are always welcome.


Early Signs

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Although it is now officially Autumn, we have been enjoying some of the nicest weather we have had all Summer. I am trying to make the most of it, because I know it cannot last too much longer.  IMG_3099

It has been a good year for Cupflowers. I notice lots of them at the roadsides and I have a nice plot of them out by the barn.  They don’t do so well in dry years, especially in our sandy soil.IMG_3111After a chilly night, the lake steams gently as the sun rises.IMG_3096

In spite of the mild weather, a few leaves are beginning to turn, but it will take some frosty nights to make the colors really pop.


Fungi and Flowers

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After all the rain we have had this Summer, we are finding lots of Fungi on our walks.  This colorful group popped up overnight in the Park.

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I first came across Jewelweed at the Nature Conservancy, but this year have found it in the Park, and even growing beside our road.  It must be a good year for it.IMG_3068 After a week or so of hot, humid weather, we are back to unseasonably chilly days and the temperature dropped into the 40’s last night.  Am trying to make the most of these cooler, bug-free days to catch up on outside chores, and enjoy longer walks in the woods with Abbie.IMG_3064There is definitely a feeling of Fall in the air.  A few leaves are already falling and the light is changing subtly as the sun moves towards the South.  The Summer birds are gathering together, preparing for their long journey South. Sometimes I envy them, being able to just fly away from the ice and snow to come!


This and That

Common Chicory

Common Chicory

We have finally been blessed with some drier weather, and I am beginning to catch up on mowing and other outside chores.  

Lots of Common Chicory blooming in the Park and along the roadsides.

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It took me a while to find the Buttonbush flower in my field guide, because, as the name implies, it is a bush, not a flower!

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This fountain stands outside my Urologist’s office.  I do love a doctor with a sense of humor! 🙂

The cooler, drier weather has given us a hint of Autumn, especially on our early morning walks, and I am treasuring these late Summer days.  Winter will be here all too soon!


Thistle and Bee

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The Thistle is another flower we work so hard to keep out of our lawn and garden, we rarely stop to appreciate its beauty.  The bees and Goldfinches love them, so I was pleased to find some growing next to the lake on our morning walk.

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Came across a Bumblebee when photographing the thistle blooms, and he was kind enough to stick around till I got some good shots.

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Two Summers ago, Bumblebees built a nest in our barn.  I was concerned they would pose problems for us, and did some online searches.  The first few pages only offered ways to kill them, but with some help from a beekeeper friend, I was able to learn that they are non-aggressive and would pose no risk to us or our animals.  Also, they would not return to the same nest next year, so I did not have to worry about the nest growing larger each year.

Sure enough, they did not return to the barn the following summer, but did build just inside our garage.  This year they are somewhere under the deck outside our back door. This door is in constant use, but the bees don’t seem at all concerned about us as we go in and out, and have not caused us any problems.  With the shortage of honeybees, I am happy to have them around to pollinate my flowers. 🙂


Drying Out

Staghorn  Sumac

Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn Sumac is fruiting in the Park, and Swamp Milkweed is in bud next to the Lake.

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

We are finally getting a break from the rain, and we hope to take delivery of our hay on Monday, if the weather holds.  We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

I was able to get some mowing done yesterday, and hope to finish today.  There was a heavy dew last night, so will have to wait for the grass to dry.  Actually had to water my flowers yesterday, for the first time in weeks!

No special plans for the Holiday Weekend, but we hope to catch a fireworks display at one of our nearby lakes. Will mostly be taking advantage of the drier weather to catch up on some outside chores.


Ready to Fly

Swallow Fledglings

Swallow Fledglings

We usually have at least one pair of Barn Swallows nesting in our big barn during the summer.  They were not successful last year, as something (probably a Raccoon) destroyed the nest.

They are doing better this year, and the babies are about ready to fly.  With the help of a long lens and a stepladder, I was able to get a couple of photos of them, before they take off.

With luck, they will hatch another brood before they leave at the end of the Summer.

We love having them around as a natural form of bug control.  They swoop around me as I mow the lawn and pastures, enjoying the bugs stirred up by the mower, and are a joy to watch.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed is blooming in the Park.  The color varies from deep orange to almost yellow.

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Poor soil and lack of a Green Thumb keep me from trying to grow perennials, but I have managed a patch of Day Lilies out by the barn.  They grow wild by the roadsides all over the place, so even I cannot go too far wrong with them! 🙂

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Day Lily

It stayed dry long enough for me to get some mowing done yesterday, but we are back to rain again today, and a chilly, dreary day it is.  More rain and thunderstorms in the ten-day forecast, so it looks like no end in sight.