After weeks of oppressive heat and no rain, we finally had a few storms blow through here earlier this week. Not only did the yard and garden receive a beneficial watering, but the temperatures have dropped to actually pleasant for late August. The windows are flung open and I can’t help but want to play outside.
Chicken in the Woods fungi. Such a beautiful color and shape. This is supposed to be edible but I’m not too fond of wild mushrooms.
This evening the dog and I took a walk around the yard to see what was going on. The first thing to catch my eye was a spectacular Chicken of the Woods mushroom. It grows in about the same place every year. It’s supposed to be edible and is highly sought after, but I’m not much for wild fungi.
Garden sunflowers about a week ago. Some of these beauties were over twelve feet tall!
Sunflowers down after the big storm blew through here earlier this week.
This sunflower seed head is already being harvested by the little critters.
And here are two photos of my giant sunflowers. One from a week ago. And the other from a few days ago, after the storm knocked them down. Well, all is not wasted. Apparently the critters are already feasting on the seeds. Enough flowers are still standing for the hummingbirds and finches, too.
Wild Joe Pye weed is a perennial which grows throughout the Midwest. The butterflies love it and it’s supposed to have been valued for its medicinal properties by the pioneers.
Our yard is surrounded by fields and woods. There are banks of Joe Pye weed and Jewel-weed. So pretty for summer bouquets.
We planted this peach tree over thirty years ago. It blew over many years ago but has managed to survive and even provide some of the sweetest peaches I’ve ever eaten….if I can get to them before the animals do.
And here is an old survivor, a thirty year old peach tree which still produces.
Damage to cedar bench from wood bees (Carpenter bees), and the wood peckers who went after their larvae.
As a little sidebar, I am showing you the damage to the cedar benches we refinished a couple of years ago. The wood bees (Carpenter bee), digs a hole into the wood and lays her eggs. This only causes a little round hole but the inside is eaten out like a honeycomb which weakens the wood. The real damage you see are from the pileated woodpeckers who are going after the larvae. Gggggggggggrrrrrr.
The last lily of the season. I’ve drawn and painted this one many times.
Here is a photo of the last lily of the summer. It is a beautiful peach color with a yellow interior. I’m not sure what variety this is but I have painted it several times over the years.
Beautiful large hosta blooming in late August. Variety Plantaginea Aphrodite.
Finally, these large white hostas (Plantaginea Aphrodite) are just coming out. They’re the last of my hostas to bloom in the garden. They have large white bell-shaped flowers and a heavenly perfume. I especially like the whorls of flowers. They’re very hardy and need little care.
So, this is just a walk though my little corner of the world. I hope that you have someplace where you can enjoy a bit of the outdoors, to reflect and just admire.
In every walk in nature, one receives far more than he seeks.