Wednesday, June 8, 2016

lightly worded wednesday

Piper and I have been taking short walks by the pond, on days when the heat is not too oppressive. Today the skies suddenly opened up a few minutes in, so Piper had a very short walk indeed.

We'll try to make up for it tomorrow.
Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from the past couple of days:

I was blown away by these beautiful pitcher plants:

Sarracenia purpurea

This little turtle was about 20 feet from shore,
and I was another 30 feet inland.
Quite far away...

but I was under intense scrutiny, nonetheless!

I'll bet you recognize this favorite:

Comptonia peregrina

I've been wondering if the ladyslippers didn't bloom at all this year, perhaps because of the sudden and intense heat.
Or if they bloomed and I somehow missed it.
I usually see lots of ladyslippers flowering, but this year...
not a one.

So I was delighted yesterday when I noticed this single blossom, tucked under some low hemlocks branches:

Cypripedium acaule

Back at home, I took a quick snapshot from the car - these columbine and iris are growing on the rocky bank bordering the lower section of driveway:

 There is a lot going on in that garden; most of it good, after the intensive reclamation project that began a couple of years ago. I'm devoting some time to weeding in there this week, a litttle bit every day. It's a small area, but it's tricky with the steep slope.

Necessary work, though. After the big rain, residual bittersweet and wisteria and rubus shot up overnight. After all the brush-clearing and careful planting of perennials, I certainly don't want to let the invasives take over again. Give them an inch, they'll take an ell. Not if I can help it!

I hope you are having blue skies this week :)


  1. Great photos! The painted turtle is fantastic. The lady slippers are a mystery not showing up where they usually do.

    1. The plants are there - just not flowering.

  2. I have never seen a pitcher plant for real - so pretty! Odd about the lady slippers but maybe you're right - the heat might have turned them off. Amazed at the sheer length of the turtles'

  3. Love our pictures! We've been getting a lot of rain and very little heat, but that will change tomorrow. It's supposed to be 90+ and very humid all weekend. I hope it helps our garden grow since I'll want to be in a/c as much as possible.

    1. Ugh - I meant love YOUR pictures LOL

    2. LOL! It's okay, Carmen - I love OUR pictures too! :)

  4. Lovely turtle picture. I'm sure with the rain, the woods are every changing. I miss my walk. Just way too hot here now. Even a stroll in the evening leaves me sweating.

    1. Your temps make me feel dizzy!
      I am so grateful for the rare days when the humidity is fairly low. No matter what the temperature, when the humidity rises, I start sweating before I even make it to the barn in the morning - by the time I finish feeding and watering, my hair is literally dripping. I admit - without Piper, there are a lot of days I would not go walking just for fun!

  5. Wow, I love the turtle photo. What a beautiful animal! I'm glad that you and Piper have been getting out for walks - and your flowers are wonderful! I've never seen a Pitcher Plant before!

    1. Thanks, KB - I've been trying to get turtle pictures for a long time, but they are incredibly alert and disappear into the water even when a person is quite distant. They must have a strong sense of personal space ;)


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