Walkin’ Uptown

As many of you know, Red River was my childhood beach.

Bank Street was the next beach up from us. Part of what we all called, “uptown”, and I can’t remember ever spending much time there as a kid.

The other night the sea breeze seemed to be blowing me in a different direction, and I found myself taking a walk along the homes that look out over Bank Street Beach. An area known way back when as The Campground.

It was almost sunset, and Bank Street beach was starting to glow.

I’ve always loved this beach for the long stairs that lead down from the waterfront homes to the shore.

And the little white fences that frame just about every rose garden that you come upon. Roses in pink, white and red…

And some very friendly peonies that reached out to me as I walked by!

Next time, I’d like to take a walk down along the shore…

And get some photos of the funkier side, too, of this tiny “uptown” community I have just added to my summer list of places to explore.

Maybe you’ll come along again!  😉

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Cape Cod Peony Magic

What IS it about peonies?

ForestBeachLoop854-BlogThere’s just something about them, isn’t there? Clusters of dense green buds, slowly transforming into luscious bouquets of pink, red and yellow…

Perhaps part of their appeal is the relationship between peonies — and their friends, the ants.

ForestBeachLoop844-BlogNow ants are known for having real sweet tooths, and the sugary wax coating of the young peony bud draws the ants like bees to honey.

In the early Spring I have seen peony buds literally covered with ants as they scramble to feed on the sweet, gooey delights inside!

ForestBeachLoop844-B-BlogIn return, the ants guard the peonies against harmful insect pests.

For a long time, an old myth led many of us to believe that the ants actually helped to open the peony buds.

And although it has since been proven that ants are not required for the opening of peonies, I still like to think that they might have a hand – or legs – in their magical unfolding!  😉

ForestBeachLoop310-BlogThanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

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