Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flowers and Bees



It has been a pleasant summer - not too hot, not too wet and not too dry - and so a wonderful year for the garden.
The Virginia Mountain Mint is now in four different places in the yard.


There is more Cardinal Flower than ever.
The hummingbirds flock to it.


The Butterfly Milkweed continues to spread.


Flowering Spurge - one of my favorites - is doing well in two spots in the yard.  This is the first year it has flowered, so I hope it spreads.


The bees are especially attracted to Bee Balm and Joe-Pye Weed... 


...and Swamp Milkweed

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day



It has been a cool, wet spring and the garden is very happy - especially the wetland plants around the patio: 
Great Blue Lobelia, Swamp Milkweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Cardinal Flower and Royal Catchfly have filled in every last free inch.
Three of my favorite non-natives are already blooming patriotic colors in time for Memorial Day:
Clematis, Siberian Iris and Coral Bells.


The Indigo and the Peony are blooming profusely as well.


The hummingbirds were a little late arriving, but I was tickled seeing them take some cotton.  It's the first time I've put a nesting ball out.  It has also attracted Chickadees and Goldfinch.

A Morning Dove couple has set up housekeeping in the Wisteria on the screened in porch.  They frequent the baths and forage under the thistle feeder.  
A Cardinal couple has recently started building a nest in the Wisteria as well.  So far they seem to be good interspecies neighbors.  
Fingers crossed that the Chipmunks don't find the nests, like they did the Robin's nest last year.





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mountain Phlox



We were supposed to monitor the Lyre-leaved Rock Cress again last Friday, but the Mountain Phlox had started to bloom and we couldn't resist.
This Bluebird was not going to move from his box.


Mountain Phlox
(It has five petals in contrast to the common Dame's Rocket, which has four)


It is a good year for Gay-wings.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blue Week



Last Friday was the first chance I had to monitor. 
We went to Girdham Dunes.


The Lupine had already started their show - just in time for "Blue Week".


Even the Blue Birds were out.


We were counting Lyre-leaved Rock Cress.  
It's not too impressive, but a good excuse to get out to the dunes.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Definitely Spring



The last week has been rainy and warm and the plants are loving it.


Lilac


Sky Blue Aster


New Wren house in the Lilac


Scilla


Peony


I am trying to sit still and enjoy the view more often.  
I have been rewarded by Golden crowned Kinglets, an Eastern Phoebe and even a galloping Coyote.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Reluctant Spring



It seems like Spring takes one step forward and two steps back.
The river has been open since January.
Many migrants have returned - even my hardy and reliable Song Sparrow (although I have not heard him sing).
The Snowdrops and Snow Iris flowers have come and gone.
The Maples and Pussy willows have been blooming for weeks.
The fishermen have been looking for Walleye for weeks, as well.


This week winter returned.
I relented and brought back the feeders.
I hope spring reasserts herself before the new bag of sunflower seeds runs out.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy St. Valentine's Day



This is a Valentine's Day card my Mom gave to an elementary school mate sometime in the early 1940's.


They now live in the same assisted living community.
She found it while going through her belongings; paring down the accumulations of the past.
Mom tried to give it back, but she wouldn't take it.
For now, I am sharing it with you.