Random summer flowers

Another quick post to display some flowers around the neighborhood, most of them are not from my garden. I’ve been working on two others posts and hope to post at least one of them soon! So, please come back. In the mean time, enjoy this gallery of beautiful flowers.

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The bee balm are blooming!

I love these flowers! They usually bloom at the end of June and into the beginning of July. I used to have just red and light purple ones and a few years ago a friend gave me a little clump of the magenta bee balm and that little clump has done so well. You’ll see how big that clump has gotten in the gallery below as well as the cover photo.

I do love perennials but most of them only last a couple of weeks and so it is with bee balm. I noticed as I was choosing the photos for this post that I didn’t take many photos of the red ones. They, along with many other plants this year, are not as nice as in years past. We’ve been in drought this summer and that has affected plant growth, or lack thereof. So, I think I will start with the one red bee balm photo that I liked and let it stand out from the pack of magenta bee balm photos.

There are also a light purple type of bee balm that used to be in my garden, alas, I guess they’ve moved on. They are blooming in the park and Willow Pond. Love this color too!

And just for fun, I’ll close with this photo of wild raspberries that are ripe right now. Or are they blackberries? On my walk at Willow Pond yesterday most of these berries were black and I’m including another, updated photo from yesterday. I think I have had this query in the past so I googled and what did I find? They are actually wild black raspberries! Okay, let’s see if I remember that next year. I didn’t know there was such a thing but I love the color.

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Spiderwort in bloom

I learned about this plant at the first house that we bought in St. Paul years ago. These plants just appeared one day, another one that grows like a weed. But I like this particular weed-like plant. It blooms in June and I’ve only seen purple spiderwort this year. I have seen pink ones in the past but not this year. Most of these photos are from Willow Pond where I take my short walk. Please enjoy this handful of spiderwort photos.

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Mid May blooms in the neighborhood

Another quickie post to share what’s blooming in the last week or two. This time it’s a few from my neighbors’ gardens. A darker than usual lilac and an iris whose colors are stunning. Lastly, the white bleeding heart which actually came from my garden originally and is now in the garden of my neighbor to the north.

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What’s in bloom in early May

Just a quick post to display some photos of what’s in bloom this week. Tulips, lilacs, crabapple blossoms, trillium and bleeding hearts. Enjoy!

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early spring in the upper midwest

It’s happening. Things are coming back to life here in the frozen tundra. Of course we still have some winterish weather even though we’re almost to the end of April.

BUT, I’m not here to talk about the weather even if it’s a favorite topic around these parts. I wanted to share some photos of early spring from my perspective. Photos of the yellow weeping willows, the rhubarb poking through the ground and first blooms so far. And one photo related to spring at the end but it hasn’t anything to do with the growing season.

Up first is a gallery of scenes at the park mostly. Notice the bright yellow of the weeping willows and the ice still on the lake in the first photo. In the one photo with the street, you can see a tree on the right with a slight red color. Those buds are just coming in!

Next, my rhubarb plant that comes back every year starting with when it first starts to poke through the ground.

And some first blooms: snowdrops, crocus, scillia, bleeding hearts not blooming yet, tulips, grape hyacinth.

We have several families of turkeys in our neighborhood and I happened upon this guy just hanging out in the middle of the street strutting his stuff. It wasn’t until my husband saw him and he told me why the turkey had this stance. It’s spring and he’s looking for a mate! Happy spring!

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My 2020 in photos

It’s time to recap the year in photos. Even during a pandemic I found things to photograph. But before the pandemic we went to the Marjory McNeely Conservatory at Como Park for the annual winter carnival orchid show, usually held the third weekend in January every year. Do check out my post to view some gorgeous orchids and other plants and flowers as I’m only including a few in my gallery below. I’m going to guess that there won’t be an orchid show in 2021. I will have to revel in past years’ photos and wait for next year’s show.

This year I created posts about our cat Frankie, a summer visit to Itasca, one of my favorite state parks, a fun art project called Roseville in Bloom, our kitchen remodel and a socially distanced visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I also took advantage of the University of Minnesota’s retirement incentive and I’m including photos of some of my parting gifts. An interesting year, to say the least!

Please enjoy this gallery of photos from my 2020 which includes other photos not previously shared here on my blog as well as some of my favorite seasonal photos.

To close, here are a couple of sunrise photos that I especially like. Happy new year! And may 2021 bring us peace and health and an end to the pandemic.

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