|Everything getting ready for the planting on May long weekend.|
|It was a perfect winter/spring for our feral tulips. They've come up in bunches and have|
flowered in glorious abandon. Thirty years ago, I took out all the bulbs because
I decided I wanted this to be grass. They kept coming up anyway and about twenty years
ago, I gave up and made it a flower bed again!
|This year's picnic table Begonia|
|Apparently they are very forgiving - as long as you water them every |
couple of days.
|This crabapple tree in the front was well established when we moved in 34|
years ago and it has survived bad winters, inattentive gardeners (us) and serious pruning.
|And one week later. If there is no wind for the next couple of weeks, we'll have a |
crop of tasty crabapples in the fall.
|And the crabapple in the back yard is cheerfully flowering too.|
|Volunteer Mayday tree.|
|Really beautiful, but our goal is to keep the volunteers to one|
- not an easy chore.
|Our front door petunias. Hopefully they will survive |
the summer sun.
|Our Mountain Ash, which I can watch through the front window,|
is having a serious chore of surviving. Most of its branches are dead,
and there is moss growing on them. But there are one or two hopeful limbs.
We talk (semi seriously) about sneaking out in the middle of the night
and taking down the town maple tree on the boulevard
which is stealing all the ground moisture from this poor tree.
And Queen Elizabeth Park is also breaking out in spring green.
|Two young deer on the path from the parking lot. |
They didn't know what to do with us because they couldn't get through
the fence and just down the path they would have to cross the road.
So, they got off the path, turned their heads so they couldn't see us,
let us pass, and then ran away.
|Hard to believe that three weeks ago we were walking in snow|
that was above the knees.
|Early pussy willows|
|Some great photo ops at the lookout in the park. |
Bright sunshine and no wind.
|Quite the task to get this fellow's picture. |
He was very patient and sat singing for the longest time,
but all the leaves kept tricking the focus on my camera.
|Yes we do have beach. And a sailboat - first one we've ever seen. |
For anybody who doesn't know Queen Elizabeth Park,
the deepest area in the lake might be waist high and there is a poster reminding people
of the dangers of swimmer's itch if you go in the water.
But it is beautiful and the best lake we have.