Peony Mystery

A couple of years ago I needed to move this peony to a new spot in the garden.

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When I dug it up a piece of it broke off and I planted it about a foot away from the main plant. This year that piece bloomed for the first time but this is what it looks like!

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I have no idea what happened!

Here’s a shot of another peony in all of it’s glory in the garden today!

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I’m so glad that the blooms survived the torrential downpours we had last night!

 

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Sassy Iris Season

Our extra warm March and April really sped up the bloom time of things here on The Hill. I walked around and snapped a few pics of the different iris that are popping.

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Even the peonies are popping early

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Mrs. Schmenkman is coming in a few weeks! Everything will be done blooming and the garden will be drab and uninteresting… until the daylilies start.

I really… REALLY need to divide all of the iris so if anyone wants divisions PLEASE let me know!

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A Sunday Stroll 4/23/2017

It rained pretty much all day yesterday so I was happy to take a short but chilly stroll this morning to see what’s happening here on The Hill.

The pink dogwoods are towards the end of their bloom but are still looking pretty.

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Japanese roof iris

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Siberian iris are just starting, these are the first two blooms

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Purple and pink columbine

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I don’t remember what these bulbs are… anyone??

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Bleeding heart

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The first picture is from last week and the second is this morning. The Forest Pansy Redbuds were stunning this year.

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Things are sure greenin up around here!

This is the base for a wildlife pre-release cage that’s going up today. Had to haul in a bunch of gravel just to make a flat spot!

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Living on a hill presents challenges sometimes!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Favorite Vacation Pics

I thought I’d better post these pictures before I let my promise of posting them slip through the cracks.

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A lucky shot of the bald eagles while bobbing around in the boat!

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The iconic fish house

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One of my favorite shots… Mr. C headed towards the dock

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Yup, life is good!

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Going to dinner

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Manatees!

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Mr. C and me

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Sissy and Jack

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Mr. C and a shell tree

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Thank you Sissy and Jim for a great week at your beautiful Paradise Gardens

 

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Sunday Stroll on the Bluebell Trail

I haven’t forgotten about posting more photos of our real vacation, but today you can join us on a Sunday Stroll at Andy Guest State Park along the aptly named Bluebell trail.

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Every spring the Virginia Bluebells bloom their little hearts out in our area.  I have a few that I have planted in the garden but nothing compares to what they do naturally along the river.

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Bluebells as far as the eye can see.

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Sometimes the trail got a little messy

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But it was worth it!

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When they are finished blooming they will drop their seeds and completely disappear from the landscape as if they were never there… until next spring!

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Catching Up … A Real Vacation!

Since we are currently beaver-less we actually got to go on a real vacation this winter! At the end of February we headed down for a long awaited visit to see my Sissy at her beautiful Paradise Gardens on North Captiva Island, Florida.

We met up there with BFG and Capri D and brother Jimbo for a week of fun in the sun.

North Captiva can only be reached by boat or a personal aircraft. There are no cars, only golf carts, bikes or your own two feet to get around.

There are only a couple of small shops and only two places to go out to eat.  It’s WONDERFUL!

I kept my walking streak going with daily walks. I especially loved going to visit the bald eagle’s nest where I got to see these two adorable babies who were getting close to fledging.

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Also many walks to see if the manatees were in the canal

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And walks to view the spectacular sunsets

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Capri D spent a large amount of her time sitting at this little table creating daily works of art. She was happier than a pig in poop out there!

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Sissy has gotten herself involved with this project.

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She is allowed to handle, determine the sex, collect information, microchip and name these endangered Eastern Indigo Snakes. We were allowed to help her while we were there. This was a newly found snake that hadn’t been chipped yet. I am honored that she has been named Lisa!  Lisa is pregnant!

Good for THAT Lisa!

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Mr. C and BFG dipped their toes into the waters of animal rescue when they spotted this beautiful sea turtle in trouble while out fishing.

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After many attempts they were able to pull her out of the water and we took her to a nearby marina to meet the folks that would get her the help she needed.

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That blue thing is a sea turtle ‘stretcher’

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First updates didn’t sound very promising as she had several life threatening issues she was dealing with, but apparently she was transferred to a facility that was going to attempt treatment. They named her Applejacks!

Great job Mr. C and BFG!!!

On that note I’ll finish this post and will post more of my favorite vacation pictures next time.

 

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Hiking to Buzzard Rock

We’ve passed the parking area for this hike many times over the years but have never done the hike. Probably because the parking lot is usually full and we generally prefer paths much less traveled.

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But on a quest to try something new we went this past Sunday and we aren’t sorry.

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The path seems like you are traversing a dry river bed with lots of my most favorite things.

Rocks rocks and more rocks

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Someone even made a rock staircase

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Many different types of moss and fungi

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A red/orange lichen!

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Nature’s tenacity always amazes me

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It was two miles up to the top where the views were just stunning

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Sometimes it was hard to tell where the path was

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We were high up there!

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It was a fairly easy hike as long as you made sure you watched where you were stepping. We enjoyed the day a lot. I think we’ll do this trip again.

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