Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Sweet William on Parade


There are still iris bloming,
 but many bowed down to a morning thunderstorm
that caught us all by surprise.


The Sweet William (dianthus) in the wildflower border
are taking center stage.
They are sweet and have shown up in many colors.






Some are wearing all of their colors at once.


The garden is a delight for the senses
in mid June.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.


Please head on over to Steve's blog, Out on the Prairie to see his Wild Play Stroll.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Iris and More




The iris are still blooming,
and gardens smell like freshly baked cake and sunshine.






Other flowers are leaning in,
to bloom in turn.



Strawberries are ripe and delicious.

You know you are picking your strawberries in beautiful Michigan,
when you find something like the berry below!




Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy!


Speaking of joy, head on over to Steve's Out on the Prairie blog
 to experience the joy of  frogs and turtles.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Iris Blooming


Rain at dawn cannot wash away 
the color and beauty of 
the Iris blooming in early June.




Every single blossom smells
like a field full of swtneeess.
Soon, the full pink peonies
will add their scent
to the fresh and fragrant air.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.

Lots of fun things to see over at Steve's blog, Out on the Prairie!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Flowering


Things are beginning to bud in the flower beds, 
like this old fashioned rosa rugosa,


or this stately iris that I call "Elaine's Purple"
 after the friend who gave it to me.


The creeping phlox is in full swing,


and the coral bell is just waking up
to lure the hummingbirds in.


Late blooming narcissus are brightening up
one edge of the corner herb garden.

Almond

Meanwhile, in the orchard,
the fruit trees are wide awake and singing.

Apricot

Plum

Peach

Apple

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.


For more flowers and some incredible bird photos, head on over to Steve's blog: Out on the Prairie.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Foraging at the Vineyard




We spent the afternoon at the local vineyard
participating in a foraging walk and dinner.


There were surprises hidden all along the way.


The apples blossoms will soon be open


beneath brilliant blue skies.


Spring is, truly, a breath of fresh air.



Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.

Be sure to check in with Steve and see all that he has discovered, Out on the Prairie.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Stroll - May you be well



I walked out past the cedar swamp,
into the maple wood.


Would I see the new leaves unfurl
if I stood very still 
in the early afternoon sunlight?


I walked along a stream, 
where ever rock and fallen log
is a tiny world of growth and vibrant color.


Do you see the porcupine in the tree?


I was disturbing his sun bathing,
so I snapped a couple of photos from a distance,


and left him to his idyll in the sun.



Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you comfort and joy.




May you be well.


Head on over to Steve's blog, Out on the Prairie for his beautiful nearly-summer stroll.



Sunday, May 06, 2018

Sunday Stroll - May Flowers


At long last,
flowers are beginning to bloom
on our little homestead
in the hills.


Spring is late for the party this year.
Last year, the spring peepers awoke in early April;
this year, on the first of May.


The grass is greening slowly,
while violets bloom
on slender stalks
that quiver
in the sharp breeze.



Periwinkle, or vinca, flowers open wide their star-like forms,
amid masses of evergreen leaves,
beneath the Sycamore in the front yard.


A few blue-veined sunny squills
bloom among the fresh-bright vinca leaves,
and the bare brown husks of last year's maple & sycamore leaves.


Sherlock Holmes, our dapper elderly rooster,
strolls through the chicken yard.
Here it is, another season,
as the year rolls on.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.


You won't want to miss Steve's stroll today, Out on the Prairie, where eagles nest.