Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Walk and An Update

Come take a walk with me. I rode to the top of the lane with Dan and walked back with the recycle bin. Here is the top of the lane looking down towards my destination.

One of the houses along the lane is this one built in 1808. It was home to a Quaker family when it first was built.

There's a lovely old stone wall on the left as I pass the 1808 house.

Passed the house the lane gets steeper.

Everything is lush and green from all our rain.

Almost to my driveway, it's ahead on the left.

Here is our marker. You can see the surprise lily on the right. There are astillbes and foxglove growing. I planted a young red bud tree here too.

The wetlands are to my right as I start walking on my driveway.

The first of many turns in the drive.

Another turn ahead.

One of the few straight almost level sections. There are young sycamore trees growing along the right.

Ahead is the glen. Our house is on the edge of it at the top. The tree on the ground covered with vines is a walnut cut down by Dan. It was dead.

Another view of the glen. Isn't it like a cathedral?

On my right is the wetlands where the skunk cabbage has grown very large.

Another turn - the steep part starts.

Another view of the wetlands.

I huff and puff on this stretch.

Sometimes I turn and walk up backwards and here's what I look back on.

First sight of the house.

Almost at the top.

I made it.

A quick stop by the vegetable garden to see how well

everything is growing. Peas are in full bloom.

A tomato bud is spotted.

Beans are growing.

Cucumbers have germinated.

Another tomato bud.

Close up of the peas' blossoms.

Lettuce is growing well. Spinach on the right has almost all been pulled.

On to look for other blossoms in the gardens. Pinks by the pond.

Miniature garden is looking lovely.

White iris has shown itself.

A single purple among the gold irises. It will have to be moved to a new spot.

Lupine is starting its bloom.

Deep purple iris are still in fine form.

Everything is very wet. More rain on its way.

Knock out rose joining the bloom parade.

Clematis close up.

Hanging basket is starting to fill out.

Thanks to HolleyGarden for helping me find Cottage Flora Thursdays.


The Sage Butterfly said...

What a lovely walking tour of your garden and the surrounding area! I felt as if I was on the walk with you. Your garden and flowers look great.

Robin said...

What a great post! Thanks for taking us on a walk with you!

HolleyGarden said...

What a serene area you live in! Very relaxing. Enjoyed the tour, and your veggies all like they are coming along well. No deer?

Cathy said...

Your place is beautiful!!! Your driveway seems to bea mile long!I too felt like I was walking right along with you. Thank you!

Jean said...

Whoa! Super drive to your very cool place!

BTW....my camera is a Cannon PowerShot SX10 IS. It is a point and shoot and has a 20X zoom. I am very happy with it.

wilderness said...

Marcia I enjoyed walking with you. What a lovely area. Now I see what you mean about the driveway in the winter.

I now have had my walk for the day so don't need to take one here.

Betty said...

Thanks for leading me on such a wonderful walk. I could almost smell that lovely after rain scent.
Your garden is beautiful with all the blooms and vegies coming on.
Enjoy your summer. Blue Skies!

Betty said...

Hi Marcia, thanks for the comment your left on my blog. Gardening-Joy For the Soul.
It's great to see how far your harvest and planting is coming along. In Idaho we are planing root plants spinach,lettuce and peas. We;ll have to wait until the end of May (last frost) for the rest. Blue Skies!

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