I actually had all but two days of this post written this past Saturday, but just couldn’t get around to posting the last two pictures and publishing it. It’s been a busy few weeks and the next few will be much the same. So with that, the posts for the next few weeks are going to include some of my favourite pictures from my archives, in addition to some daily pictures, when I have made the time to take one. Hopefully, in July, I can get back to taking daily pictures.
June 7, 2021
We have a very healthy garden this year, with many of our perennials now well established.
This rose bush seems to do particularly well and has bright pink blooms. I usually have to cut it back in the early spring, because it gets too big.
June 8, 2021
While the cottage was sprayed for caterpillars this year, the Laurel Creek Conservation area is not so lucky.
Many of the beech trees have clusters of caterpillars on the trunk, as they make their way to the crown to feast.
June 9, 2021
With the hot weather this week, the dog has to be walked earlier. We have a lot of trails nearby and it’s nice to get some photos in a different light.
The day had started out very humid, and the sun was still burning off the morning haze. This trail is a short walk from home, but don’t slow down unless you want to be carried off by mosquitoes.
June 10, 2021
Pinks and purples are the primary colours of our front yard garden. They add a nice contrast to the deeper greens.
Our peony bushes have burst and there are large pink blooms. I attempted to keep them more contained this year, with twine wrapped around their stems, so we’ll see how that works out.
June 11, 2021
We are enjoying a brief reprieve from the humidity right now, as a storm system moved through in the afternoon.
On our way to get our 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a full rainbow came into view over the highway. It’s not often we see a full one, as they tend to be obscured by clouds for part of it.
June 12, 2021
Taken August 16, 2019, this hummingbird was in the lower branches of a towering red pine tree. The hummingbirds are quite active at the cottage and will drain the feeder within two days.
Most hummingbird pictures that I’ve taken are while in flight and at a feeder. I like this one as it gives a slightly different perspective. The hardest part was keeping the lens steady long enough to focus on such a small subject so far away.
June 13, 2021
The front garden continues to bloom and at the time of writing this post, I have finally gotten around to weeding both the garden and the interlocking stone path. The garden weeding was easy, given the amount of much we have, but the pathway is a pain!
This sweet mock-orange is a medium height plant next to our front porch. It has a very sweet smell, not unlike that of an orange. My PictureThis app says that poet Robert Frost wrote about the mock-orange;
A dented spider like a snow drop white
On a white Heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of lifeless satin cloth –
Saw ever curious yes so strange a sight?