Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is THIS the Last Rose of Summer?

Jackson Perkins Midas Touch
 It is October 19...October 19!!!  This rose bush has grown larger, faster, and fuller than any other one I have ever grown.  None of my mother's roses ever got this large.  It looks like the rose bushes we see in Florida that  have all year to grow.  I hate that I am going to have to cut this down for the winter and cover it with a Styro-cone.
Hybred Tea Rose Midas Touch
The trellis behind it is not because the bush is a climber...it isn't.  It is a hybrid tea called Midas Touch and it has been in my yard for two summers, now.  I use a Bayer rose food that is dry grains, a handful scattered around the base of the rose before I put the mulch on in the spring.  That's it and I did the same thing with the neighboring roses.  I have NO idea why this one took off so much this summer, or if it will do it ever again.
Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn Repreive

Honey bee...I hope I can keep these happy. 
What a gorgeous day!  The afternoon sun made every insect flitting about my garden so eye-catching that I just had to grab the camera. 
Pretty dragonfly

Geese stopping over
The weather was so gorgeous that we went for a little ride around the Lake Erie Metro Park, camera in hand, of course.  The Picnic area is right on a bay that invites migrating and non-migrating birds to stop over.  Last year I only had my purse camera when I discovered the gathering of birds.  The next day when I returned with my DSLR camera all of the birds had left.  This year I had the DSLR with me and got these photos.
Coming in from all over on their way South
Seagulls, ducks, swans and geese all in one shot!  This is a small sample of the hundreds of birds in this bay.
Plenty of action
While I was there quite a few swans and geese came in and joined the crowd.  Above is a small flock of swans that flew in from Canada in the background.
A few minutes later a couple of small flocks of geese came from the same area, flying across from Canada.
Canada, US...they see no boundries

Swans and the Ontario Wind Farm
I liked the swans peacefully swimming (here in the US) with the Canadian Wind Farm in the background.
Geese, ducks, swans, gulls and the Edison Power Plant

Here on the US side is a collection of waterbirds in front of our power plant.

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