Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Lake Aspen has been very high this year after the spring rains. Excess volume goes
over the spillway which is just around the corner from our place.
The water flows down a fairly deep gorge, under a bridge,
over the bedrock and down some nice falls. Right after the rain there is quite an impressive
amount of water. Jan enjoys creek walking when there is not much water .
There are large beds of periwinkle (Vinca minor) along the north and west sides of the house.
It is an ideal ground cover. It is beautiful to behold, easy to walk on, smothers most small weeds,
handles the draught well, and stays green all winter.
It blooms twice a year,
and it has a spectacular lavender blue flower.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Don't get me wrong. Tulips are ok. But I have never needed them or felt passionate
about them. They were just there as somewhat colorful early garden space fillers.
So I drop some bulbs in before the frost and forget about them.
On closer look when they quietly arrive they can be interesting.
Oh my, I've fallen in love. What a feeling.
Happy Easter. Ich wunsche Dir ein frohe Osterfest.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
We have a house on Lake Aspen, one of over 100 lakes in Innsbrook Resort, in the Village of Innsbrook, Missouri outside of St Louis. (www.innsbrook-resort.com) It is a man made lake and the dam is around the corner to the right. Each spring there are rains that overwhelm the spillway both with water and a winters worth of debris. The previous owners did not warn us about this natural phenomenon but our new next door neighbors said, "Oh, that's just The Overflow." The water rises so quickly that the lake flows over the tie wall around the lake. You can see trees and logs and trash that have been carried over the wall and 20 feet up the hill. The deluge has inundated our little sand beach and surrounded my new picnic table.
But there is always the possibility of surprise in the detritus. One man's trash is surely another man's treasure. Above is a priceless 'found' object. It is a woodpecker's nest in a hollow
branch with three magnificent openings. It now hangs on the front porch.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Last August I posted this image of a mystery butterfly on a Tilley
hat on a hike near Peaceful Valley in Colorado. Today one of
our Flower Listers wrote that her husband had found
the butterfly in an old Boys Life magazine he was reading.
This is a Weidermeyers admiral (Limenitis weidermeyeri, 1861)
and was discovered in the Adirondack Mountains by your favorite
19th century entomologist John Henry Weidermeyer.