When I first stepped out of the car in the driveway, I noticed something growing on top of our mulch pile, from tree trimmings done last spring. On closer inspection, it was a mass of mushrooms...cool!
|As I made my way along, I spied a lot of perennials still green, and looking ready to put out buds. These holly hock are ready for next spring.|
|These Woodland Geraniums stay evergreen, and leaves are a lovely shade of rust.|
My perennial Yucca is also an evergreen. My Sister tells me, that when the leaves look "hairy" in the fall, that means flowers next summer. I have waited a couple of years between blooms, and they are spectacular.
|The Pachysandra ground cover also is an evergreen...tiny white flowerettes in the Spring.|
|The beach was exceptionally calm...no wind, and a few things had washed up....|
|Like this pine cone...so black, from being soaking wet|
|The deck looked kinda lonely....but peaceful at the same time.|
|The seed pods of the Rose of Sharon|
|One of my Miscanthus is still green|
|As well as the perennial Lavender my daughter gave me...still smells wonderful|
|More Forget-Me-Nots, some woodland geranium peeking through the leaves, and some Euphorbia|
|Tiny succulents still putting out leaves|
|Close-up of the Euphorbia...has a lovely lime-green bloom in the spring|
|Zoomed in for a shot of our neighbour, Bradley, 3 houses down...has a fire no matter what!! He is one of many permanent residents on our stretch of Lake Erie|
|The perennial Oat Grass looks great all winter|
|The car is packed with a few odds and sods|
The 2 Happy Owners are ready to leave. Greg has successfully drained the lines and put anti-freeze in the toilet and down the drains.
And I am trying to put on a brave face.....as I will miss staying here again, until next year. Don't get me wrong....we visit at least 3 times a month, but there is no substitute for the feeling of unpacking your bag..loading up the fridge with fresh groceries....clean sheets on the
bed....checking out everything new and abloom in the gardens......getting the lawn chairs out, and lounging on the deck, to watch life go by.
:o) Does it get any better than that?
Cheers to my friends!