Summer’s End

Wow, where did the summer go? My intention was to focus on writing weekly. Unfortunately, travels and family reunions kept me away from the computer. And now school is about to be back in session. For me, summer always means family because it’s the only time I get to see my extended family who live on the east coast. That also means I look forward to enjoying cooler weather. However, I will say in the last few years, the hot temps seemed to follow me to the east coast. But, I will not complain because we had perfect beach weather the whole time. As for this post, I will devote it to some of the lovely plants I had the pleasure of viewing and/or partaking while at the coast.

One of my favorite plants of summer is the rosa rugosa. To me rosa rugosa and the seashore and sand dunes go hand in hand.

We took a wonderful trip to the Maine coast and Portland Head Lighthouse. A fascinating phenomenon are the cairns that people erected along the shore near the lighthouse.

The hydrangea were absolutely gorgeous. And, we enjoyed fresh blueberries picked right from the backyard.  Of course, you cannot go to Maine without eating lobster.

I am looking forward to cooler weather and more writing, more gardening.


Let Summer Begin!

The month of May was a whirlwind. With a class trip to Boston, finals, grades due, and graduation, school is officially out. Let summer begin! In between May’s hectic schedule, I turned to the garden for respite and exercise. I will be sharing many of my garden happenings shortly. But first, I thought I would share a few snapshots from Boston. Besides all the historical places visited, a trip to Boston would not be complete without a stroll through Boston Common and Public Garden. It was early May, and I am so glad I brought my winter coat because there were a few chilly, rainy days. But our stroll that day was a pleasant one. Many of the tulips were in bloom, trees were just budding out and the swan boats meandered the pond. Even the two resident swans were nesting. It was certainly a bright spot on a cool, gray afternoon.