Pleasant Surprises

Today I walked down the drive to open the gate for someone.  First, among the rye I saw hollyhocks!         And then on the west side of the drive, I saw a greyish lump and thought something had killed a turkey.  No.  As I approached she lifted her head and moved off some babies.  Hope she is a good mom!

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Summer Flowers

Flowers cheer one.  And this week I cold use some cheer. So this morning I wen out to sample what was blooming.  I did two arrangements.  This first is a purple cone flower, astillbe,  bee balm,  butterfly weed, daisies and black eyed Susan.           The second is  the same type flowers minus the cone flower.             The bee balm or monarda were one of Ken’s favorites.  …

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Flowers in Bloom

Having a steady supply of flowers blooming over a season provides pollen and nectar for pollinators.  This season flowers started a bit slower than usual, but with some heat and two major rain events they are now moving ahead of usual bloom time.     After the trillium, the woods here fill with wild geraniums.  They are a small pink flowered plant.          Then we have a wild apple or hawthorn tree …

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The Perennial Flower Project – How to Get Help from your Animals

When I met Ken over two decades ago, friends told me it was obviously serious – I was moving my perennial flowers to Turtle Lake.  Ken tilled an area, and I planted.  It was not the same as my established beds in the city.  I battled poison ivy, weeds creeping from under a rock pile, etc.  Ken moved the rocks, and really helped over the years.  But first an old knee injury and then sciatica …

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