Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving - Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving!

The forecast for today is partly sunny and the radar shows absolutely nothing, but there are a few snowflakes in the air and while it's not enough to cover things, it is enough to be noticeable. It's good and feels like a Thanksgiving day.

This won't be a long post and about all the things I'm thankful for, simply because I need to get the dressing made, prepare and roast the turkey and peel potatoes and sweet potatoes. I'm looking forward to all of the good smells to come.

So with a heart filled with thankfulness, for I have a life that is blessed, my hope for you this day is that it is shared with others you love and filled with joy.

Our turkeys were modeled from some we found here:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Howling wind

The wind is howling. Literally.

Usually I can hear the wind blow, but right now it is howling. It's the middle of the afternoon, but I feel like the sound belongs to darkness. I don't think I've ever heard it sound just quite like this. It's almost moaning.

Maybe it's those mystery books of my son's that I'm reading that lean toward science fiction. It's good there's only two and I'm almost halfway through the second. I like them, except for the sci-fi part of them. Well written and captivating. 

Ah, there, now the furnace is blowing and I can't hear the wind, which, like The Invisible Detective, can't be seen... only heard.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Softly Autumn

Not all autumn days are crisp... some are soft...


This was last week, today it is misting the smallest of snowflakes. Most of the snowfall from two days ago has disappeared, but not without thoroughly freezing all but the hardiest of the plants. There are still many autumn chores to be done before winter takes complete hold.


Monday, September 30, 2013

A Favorite Place: Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach, just northeast of  Duluth on Lake Superior, is one of my favorite places. These pictures were taken in June, 2013... even in the summer it can be a cold and moody place.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Growing Potatoes in the Leaf Pile

I didn't do this on purpose the first time. This year, well, yes, I did purposefully put a few chunks of potatoes that were growing eyes like crazy in the pile of mowed leaves reserved for the compost pile.  I did it because it's rather fun to "dig" potatoes in a pile of leaves, and never mind they don't get very big. (Most are not any bigger than the end of your thumb.)

OK. I could have waited a couple, maybe even a few more weeks, but I couldn't resist pulling them out today. They'll steam up nicely and it looks like there's enough for more than one meal.

I'm not advocating growing potatoes this way, but I think it's fun to do with a couple each year just to see if they will grow.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

August in Bloom in the Woods and Wetland

Woodland sunflower

Spotted touch-me-not (jewelweed)

Common skullcap

Greater bladderwort


Swamp milkweed

Mad-dog skullcap

Marsh cinquefoil

I don't know this grass, but it was a lovely display!
Please chime in if you can identify the grass or think I've misidentified something.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Last of the spring blossoms

These are the last of the spring blossoms...
The wild (true) geraniums were absolutely beautiful this year. They are still blooming in many places.  Wild geraniums do well in a wild flower bouquet or as single stems in a bottle or vase.  Buds will often open for the first few days after being cut and put in water.

I almost missed getting a picture of my lone tulip. There should be two tulips, but the deer ate off one before it bloomed. The began their lives in a paper cup, brought home for Mother's Day by my daughter; she had two different teachers that did that in different years.

This is actually the beginning, rather than the end of the blossoms for the Sonota cosmos I like to plant around the well each year to disguise it.

I didn't miss the lilacs at all while we were on vacation. They were in perfect full bloom when we returned home! I think this hybrid must have been bred for extreme scent and nothing else as it has very weak stems and doesn't last at all if cut, but it sure is fragrant!

The yellow lady's slippers. I consider them to be a true miracle as they can only grow where the soil contains just the right fungus and then it takes several years for the plant to mature enough to blossom.

The johnny jump-ups (yes, some of these are voluntary violas) are getting very tall and I think they may need cutting back and thinning for the strawberries they are fronting (and invading) to be able to produce any fruit!

Now that summer is here, there are fewer things blooming in the woods, but more in the edges and open areas. Some wild spring greens that make great additions to salads are still tender and tasty, particularly lamb's quarters and wood sorrel.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Promises kept, part 2

Despite the late start, we have May flowers...

One of the two crabby crabapples finally bloomed this year! Maybe the other one will follow suit next year and quit being so crabby! I'm not sure how long ago we planted them as bareroot sticks, but it's been at least three years.

Wood anemones are abundant in the wooded areas and the among the first woodland flowers.

Wood anemone

A few of the wild blueberries in my blueberry patch are blooming. It looks like I might get another thimbleful this year, but it's so hard to trim them back because they are so small and it  takes two years after trimming to get more blossoms and berries.

The lady's slippers are growing nicely!

The wild oats (bellwort) with their gentle nodding heads are one of the earliest flowers in the wild flower bed.

Alas, unless they open in two days, I shall miss the lilacs this year.

A pink sonata cosmos, one of several I plant around the well each year because they hide it so nicely.

So sunny and bright! I just don't understand how anyone could not love them!

What's blooming in your neck of the woods?


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Promises kept, part 1

Later, the deer munched on this violet, taking all the leaves, but there are many blossoms!

Shadbush, serviceberry, or Juneberry... take your pick! I've never seen any fruit on this scrubby little single stem bush, but it blooms every spring!

Not the most stellar, but these were the first of the johnny jump-ups... after a season in close proximity with assorted violas, the results are sometimes strange in their coloring, like this one!