Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Fall Colors

The fall colors this year have been amazing: deep reds and golds in the hills...
We had thought that the drought would have meant a very lean fall, but we've been delightfully surprised. 
Here is a panorama of Hammond Hill taken from our patio.

And here is a shot of a dramatic sky and a beautiful tree to our West...

Meanwhile, we hope to install our labrynth in the garden soon and also to extend the fencing on the gallery side of the house to give a larger play area for Misty and for Judy to be able to have some potager style raised beds...

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Autumnal Sparkle...

The field behind our house is slowly fading into its autumnal colors, but this morning there were some spectacular spider webs glistening with dew.

And, some elegant Queen Anne's lace heads...

There is a definite chill to the morning air these days just past equinox and soon, even, we might anticipate a frost.
Hundreds of butterflies flutter over the wild flowers. There are so many more this year and are a wonderful sight.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Wild Clouds...

The other evening we we're treated to the sight of some wild, beautiful clouds which were backlit by a setting sun. Changing shapes slowly they were a stunning sight.

Now, just after the fall equinox, we are still in a blast of warm air, but, there's cool on the way this weekend.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Farmers Market

It is always a delight to go to Ithaca Farmers Market in the summer. With produce sourced from local farms within a twenty mile radius, the range of vegetables and fruits is astonishing.

While we were supping apple cider by the lake, we spotted a cormorant sunning itself on a log...

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Evening Primrose

We've been blessed with a profuse display of Evening Primrose (Oenothera) plants this year at the end of the garden...and one of the benefits of these lovely plants is that they enrich the soil with Gamma Linoleum Acid, an oil which promotes health.
Oenothera flowers are pollinated by insects, such as moths and bees. Like many other members of the Onagraceae, however, the pollen grains are loosely held together by viscin threads, so only insects that are morphologically specialized to gather this pollen can effectively pollinate the flowers. Bees with typical scopa cannot hold it. Also, the flowers open at a time when most bee species are inactive, so the bees which visit Oenothera are generally vespertine temporal specialists: bees that forage in the evening. The seeds ripen from late summer to fall.

Today, the humidity is incredible and being outside for a few moments brings sweat to the brow!


Thursday, 4 August 2016


This summer we have had such little rain! The creek is dried up and grasses are browned...
but wildflowers thrive....
Here is some Joe Pyeweed growing in the creek bed.

And a profusion of yellow and purple flowers have sprung up in our garden annex.

Meanwhile, our garden beds look magnificent! Attracting butterflies, a hummingbird and lots of bees.

Lets hope we get some rain soon!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Summer is here!

It has been an absolute delight to see the ruby throated hummingbird back again this year. It is astonishing to see this little creature flit about at such speed and, the other day, I was able to photograph it resting on a branch.

Soon afterwards, a golden warbler ( I think) came by and sat for a while...

But today, the temperatures have plummeted by about ten degrees so there is a distinct chill in the air after so much warmth.