Category Archives: summer

Shasta Daisy and Orange Cone flower



Echinacea (‘Julia’)

A couple of new blooms in the new flowerbed. I think my new favorite is the orange cone flower. I just picked it up at the Garden Center I work at. Can’t wait till it fills out!


Everything’s Coming Up Flowers

Annabell Hydrangea ~ Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’

 Summer’s in full swing now and so is the garden…
So here’s a few more blooms for you to enjoy.
Happy Summer!

Marigolds (Tagetes sp.)

False Sunflower, Heliopsis

Spider Web Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideu) go here for post with this plant

Munstead Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Blanket Flower, Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’

Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum ~ pre-bloom

Sunday Driving

This Sunday our drive took us north for a visit with a good friend.
The day was bright and beautiful. 
Sunny blue sky dotted with lazy summer clouds. 
Not too hot and not too cool.
Just a perfect day.
Central Illinios is typically a flat place, full of corn and soybeans
With a few rolling hills here and there, just to keep it interesting.
We drove most of the way on 251, a nice stretch of highway that used to be a main north and south route before interstate 39 was built.
 Anyway, besides the endless sea of corn and beans,
There is also the wind farms
dotting the landscape here and there

We didn’t stop and stand under any this time. It was enough to just look at them today

…And a Rainbow at the End

To celebrate the first day of summer, we had muggy weather, strong storms, 
a deluge of rain, lighting and even a tornado south east of us… 
At the end of it, we got a rainbow… 
…and a beautiful sunset! 
Happy first day of spring!
( at the the time of this post, I don’t know how bad the tornado was )

Another hike through Matthiessen

 Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a place such as this exsists in the middle of flat prarrie and corn fields. 
 headed down (the ultimate workout!)
 shallow water

 spanning the canyon
 crack in the wall
(it was so humid that the lens on my camera fogged up)
Matthiessen State Park, Utica, IL


Before the Storm

Watching a storm build from the bleachers behind Ottawa Township High School

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