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Buds and Anticipation

Sunday Stroll

So many leaves have popped since the last time I had a chance to post a Sunday Stroll, so this is a long one!  While I’ve got a few flowers, there are many more buds yet to open and I’m impatiently awaiting the show they’ll put on in June.

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The bleeding hearts are taking over the partially shaded back garden, even after I pruned them back and picked a bunch of the flowers yesterday.  Believe it or not, this is only their second year in bloom.

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Buds on the blue lace-cap hydrangea in the back garden.  This will be the first of my many hydrangeas to bloom.

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The peony in the front flower garden has a bunch of buds, and I can’t wait to see those big pink blooms.

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Our one and only apple blossom.  I’m surprised that the Jonathan tree got a blossom so soon after we planted it, but I’m happy to report that all six trees are alive.  I don’t expect an apple this year because there’s no other flower to pollinate it.  Unless, of course, a bee makes her way from my parent’s orchard a few minutes away. 

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The mixed baby lettuce is doing well.

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The spinach that overwintered is ready to pick.

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The peas have started to climb up their wire supports.

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One of the heritage red raspberries in our brand new berry patch.

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Some wildflowers in the neighboring hayfield.

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Our two sugar maples that we planted last fall survived the winter and are full of bright green leaves.

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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Vibrant

Sunday Stroll

The true blues of my garden are beginning to fade, but they’re complimented by the vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds that are just starting to make their appearance.

This young sugar maple has led the pack in color change.

The blue of the morning glory still greets me, but in fewer numbers.

The first of the orange leaves on our newly planted maples.

These wonderful hydrangeas are still popping out flowers, even as the foliage begins to take on a yellow tinge.

To see who else is strolling today, visit The Quiet Country House.

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Aftermath

Last night, Tropical Storm Hanna moved through our state.  While we in New England didn’t get hit as hard as our southern neighbors, there was a lot of rain and wind throughout the state.  I did prepare for the storm a little bit by picking all of my tomatoes yesterday morning and putting some water in jugs in the fridge just in case the power went out.  Not huge preparations, but it wasn’t that bad of a storm.  We didn’t end up losing power, which is great, although there are a lot of outages throughout our state right now.

A tree fell on the hay lot in front of our house.  Fortunately, it didn't hit any of the nearby power lines.

A tree fell on the hay lot in front of our house. Fortunately, it didn't hit the nearby power lines.

Many of our sunflowers were blown over.

Many of our sunflowers were blown over.

The cosmos got flattened onto the walkway.

The cosmos got flattened onto the walkway.

The heavy rain also compressed the morning glories, but I think they'll be alright.

The heavy rain also compressed the morning glories, but I think they'll be alright.

both of the new sugar maples are fine.

The good news: both of the new sugar maples are fine.

The white pines on our boundaries, planted two years ago, also had no problems.

The white pines on our boundaries, planted two years ago, also had no problems.

The hydrangeas are still going strong, just with fewer blooms than in July.

The hydrangeas are still going strong, just with fewer blooms than in July.

These yellow mums, a gift from my cousins, weathered the storm just fine thanks to the protection of the breezeway porch.

These yellow mums, a gift from my cousins, weathered the storm just fine thanks to the protection of the breezeway porch.

To see who else is strolling today, visit The Quiet Country House.

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