Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 11, 2018


Do I know how to have fun, or what?  Sitting at the dealership, waiting for them to replace a recalled airbag.  I brought the noise-cancelling headphones because they play music I don't want to hear, too loud.  And I brought Elizabeth...........

I saw my first lightning bugs of the year on June 11.  There were quite a few on this section of my walk.  This one obligingly sat on a blade of grass and flashed a few times.  I managed to capture one of the flashes.  Not much of a pic, but I'm glad to have gotten it.

I put it on Instagram, and several people said there weren't any lightning bugs in their area, and they missed them and were glad to see this one.  I never know when people will be glad to see even a crummy pic of something..........

Closeup of one of my farmers' market peonies.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 10, 2018


My rose, going bananas.  This is the most flowers it's ever had at once.  (Since we've lived in this house, that is.)

My better half played ball on this field, many moons ago.....

Birdsfoot trefoil.


Closer.  Look at the texture on the edges of the flowers and buds.  Pleased with the phone camera for capturing this level of detail.

This is the first time I'd seen tall birdsfoot trefoil.  Usually it's in the mown grass.  This cluster of flowers was a couple of feet in the air.

Wow!  This is the birdsfoot trefoil, gone to seed......



I pick up trash when I walk.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Julian is a Mermaid


I am completely charmed by this book.

Julian's caring and accepting grandmother supports his dreams.  Lovely story and gorgeous illustrations. 


Monday, June 18, 2018

June 9, 2018


Zinnias at the farmers' market.

Flowers and more flowers at the market.

Looking south along Fifth Ave.

June 9 was damp and gray.  I had grits for breakfast.  Mmmmm......

I brought home a bouquet of peonies from the farmers' market.  There are at least six different kinds here.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers' Day!


Happy Fathers' Day, Dad!

Thinking about you as I write get-out-the-vote postcards on Fathers' Day!  :-)

I designed the "Thank you!  Your vote matters." and printed it on the fronts of pre-stamped postcards I bought at the post office.  :-)


Saturday, June 16, 2018

June 8, 2018 -- peony garden, part 3


I mentioned yesterday that the phone camera gets really excited about saturated reds and red-purples.  I have toned the saturation down a bit on this one, but I suspect it's still more saturated than the flower actually was.

A bit of respite from all pink, all the time -- baptisia.

June 8 was a pleasant day, but it was hot in the sunshine.  This road is just outside the the peony garden.  I decided to take a quick walk in the woods.  (I drove to the Arboretum, and used my magic retiree parking pass -- good for "after 3:00 pm and weekends" in University blue-tag lots.  I wanted to be on my way home by 4:45, to avoid the worst of the traffic.)

Canada anemone.

I hadn't been in a woods in a while.  This one is full of people.  I was rarely out of the range of hearing other people, and, whoever you were in these woods with your stinking cigar -- shame on you.  Do that in your car, with the windows up, so no one else is afflicted by your addictions!

I saw lots of chipmunks in the woods.  They were even more skittish than the ones in our yard, and a lot smaller.  I suspect they mass about half the size of the ones in our yard.  I wonder how much of that is because of people feeding birds, with chipmunks getting the leftovers.....

The north end of the Arb runs along the Huron River.  We can just barely see the river from this path.

Here's a closer crop of the above.  There's another path down there.  Someday I'll come and walk down there, along the river.......

Most of the paths are not wheel-chair accessible, but some are.  I walked down this path a ways, and now I've turned around and am heading back up.  I think the last time I was off paved surfaces was in the southwest last spring.  This was a much cooler day, with a lot less elevation change than our walks in the southwest!  And the basic elevation here is what I'm used to, too, rather than thousands of fee higher.  This walk wasn't strenuous at all.

A couple of people who really know their plants follow my Instagram account.  One of them helped me out with an ID here -- greater celandine.  (She told me what that Canada anemone is, too.)

Back in the peony garden.  I believe that almost all of the peony photos I've shown you have been of different plants.  There are a few duplications, but not many.  That's a LOT of peonies!

I think we did look at this plant before.

Hmm.  In addition to wanting to avoid traffic, it looks like I may want to avoid rain, too.........

A different look at what I think is the same candy-striper we looked at before.

Tearing myself away from the peonies...........

As I was leaving the Arb, these guys were arriving.  There is Shakespeare in the Arb in June.....


Friday, June 15, 2018

June 8, 2018 -- peony garden, part 2


So many different kinds of peonies..........

The next one may be the same kind as the previous.

This one is different from the previous.

I don't remember seeing this sort of candy-striping on a peony before.

Of course it's not just the flowers that differ from plant to plant.  Some of the plants are smallish.  Some are huge.

Love the fluffy ones........

It seems to be fairly common for darker flowers to fade to lighter colors as they age.

This one is new to me -- the splotchy color.........  (And the plant is just a baby, too.)

Another baby plant, with a new-to-me flower.

This is one of the ones I look for every year.  Loooove this color.  Note shoe in upper left and backpack in upper right.  A young man was sitting here, painting a peony (not this one, but the same kind).  He was doing a very nice job, too.

This poor flower was clearly on its way out

This is the same flower, cleaned up.  I don't mind spending a bunch of time fussing over things that will STAY fussed with.  I do mind fussing over things that won't stay cleaned up.  Dusting.  Weeding.  No thank you.  But give me a pic to clean up, and I can happily clean it up.  The next time I look at it, it will still be clean.  Yay.

This is the same kind of peony as the above, I believe.  This is the only one whose name I looked up.  It's Flame.  Red when younger, coral when older...........  (The phone camera gets excited by saturated reds and red-purples.  I suspect this may be a bit too much, in the saturation department.  This image is exactly as the phone camera remembers it.)