The Changing of the Gard-en

I love the flowers that I see this time of year in the gardens that I pass on my walks.

The delicate anemones, their soft pink petals with deep yellow centers, wave gently in the sea breezes.


The black-eyed Susans, forever undaunted by the summer heat, never looked more vibrant. That’s more than I can say for myself!   😉


It seems like yesterday when the hydrangeas were just reaching their peak.

And as we drift toward September, I see the lacecap hydrangeas are now turning their softer shades of blue, purple and pink…


Their relatives, the mopheads, are taking on that old-fashioned “antique” dried-flower-look that I love this time of year.


I am always amazed by how well the flowers all do all summer long, in spite of the heat and humidity.

But I do think they ALL perk up even a bit brighter as the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler.


I know, I sure do!!  😉

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Summer Orange, Summer Not

One of my favorite things about summer is seeing the color ORANGE on full display.

You see it in the lilies spilling over garden fences into the streets…

ForestBeachLoop341-BlogYou see it in butterfly bushes as they offer up their gooey yummy sweets.

ForestBeachLoop868-BlogYou see it in the Cape Cod sunsets, mixed with pastel pinks and blues.

ForestBeach63You see it in the kayaks, in the row boats and canoes!

CapeCod73-BlogYou see it in the marigolds, now reaching their summer peak…

SallyGarden102-BlogYou see it in the —HEY!  How’d HE get in here?

ForestBeachLoop628-BlogOkay, okay, so he’s a little bit early I admit (but then again, not for those of us who long for autumn!).

Bottom line, some say all the best things in life are orange – winter, spring, summer or fall.

And you know? I just might have to agree!  ❤

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Sally

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Happy Birthday, America

I can hear them already outside my window. The steady stream of cars, making their way to Chatham for the big parade.

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It’s the Fourth of July weekend and the official start of summer here on Cape Cod!

After the parade, cars filled with umbrellas, squealing children and floaties will flood the beaches.

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Boats of every size and color will be launched.

Left hand turns will have to wait ’til Labor Day, and the annual battle over parking spaces will begin again in earnest.

Blog-ForestBeach21Traditional fishermen will drag out their poles and tackle boxes. Others, will discover new techniques that work for them (Note the more experienced fisherman in the distant background).

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Five star restaurants will summon the very best seafood chefs around.

Blog-ForestBeachLoop356For me, the Fourth is a day to find the quieter places.

The dirt paths, the out of the way spaces…

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I will follow the birds, the true experts on quiet…

Blog-ForestBeachLoop354Blog-ForestBeachMarsh12In search of beauty, and my own idea of fireworks.

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No matter what your particular tradition or dream might for this holiday, I hope that you find it.

It is worth searching for…

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Happy Fourth of July everybody, and Happy Birthday America!

Sally

Bunny Bookends Welcome July

The Fourth of July weekend is rapidly approaching, and I was delighted on my walk last evening to see so many new baby bunnies along the edge of the marsh.

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And their Mums, with ever watchful eyes, close by…

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The first tiger lilies had blossomed, a reminder that the heat of July is not far behind.

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New lawn chairs have popped up, too, as Cape residents prepare for their holiday guests who’ll soon be arriving.

And as I passed each dirt path I got my camera ready in the hopes of spotting a lone fox taking advantage, like me, of the evening quiet.

ForestBeachLoop332The hill at Mill Landing is one of my favorite spots. And last night, like always, I got about halfway down, turned and looked back up toward Taylor Pond.

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It takes my breath away. Every time.

ForestBEachLoop334Everyone was out on the water…

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And I mean, everyone!

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After lingering at the outlook for a while, a crow reminded me in no uncertain terms that it was time to head for home.

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I had time just for one more tiger lily…

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And was thrilled to find some daisies who already had their summer guests.

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And as I turned for home…

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THERE he was! One more tiny bunny who almost seemed to say to me, “Hold onto your hats, here comes July!”

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Thank you for coming along with me, ’til next time!

Sally