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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Annual Botanical Tour of the North

As promised, here's another blog post right on the heels of the adventures in gardening. This is a compilation of shots from our perch in the middle of nowhere and nearby beauty spots. 

Just to the west of our property, in the middle of some USFS land, is this pretty little lake. We have known it was there for several years since we can see it on the local topo maps and also on Google Earth when we stare at our roof  out in the middle of the wilderness in amazement that we actually pulled this whole thing off. But we had not found the lake til this spring! It's just under a mile away from our border.. our closest neighbor! 

That pile of sticks on the lower left of the pic is what you think it is... a beaver lodge. We didn't see any beavers but the lodge looked recently "renovated" with newly chewed branches so we suspect it is still occupied! 

This was in mid May, before bugs and before the trees and shrubs had leafed in. It is hard to get a sense of the pristine feel of this lake from a photo. I'd guess it was about 40 acres in size, big enough to support a pair of loons, and apparently the moose like it too, by the many footprints. It reminded us exactly of the BWCA and some of the small lakes that you pass through that appear entirely untouched. I was standing in/on what looked like a mat of either blueberry bushes or lowbush cranberries mixed in with tons of heathery-looking stuff and thick layers of complicated and very thick moss... will definitely check it out later this summer to see what fruit is growing there and what sort of shrubs and flowers I can find! Also - no pix, didn't turn out - the bog was full of pitcher plants... they are insect eating carnivorous plants that look like giant reddish orchids. Very cool!

Along the walk in the woods on our way back, I spotted a big patch of these... I'd never seen them, only read about them in guidebooks - these little delights are called "Dutchman's Breeches"! Aren't they cute? They're tiny - about 1/4" per bloom!


The woods were carpeted with these, called "spring beauty"... mmm... nice scent...


Then back in our "front yard" the pasque flowers were magnificent this year...




Our wild rose bloomed for a solid week and smelled so good! All the buds opened over the course of just one day, too...




The rose bush protects our well, in case anyone was planning to tap into it illegally!! 
The lupines started popping a few weeks ago and are still going strong...
Mmmm what luscious colors... 




These pink ones are my favorite...

It has been a rich and rainy spring, which makes for gorgeous greens in every imaginable shade... here are some ferns, wild sarsparilla and aster from the path to the labyrinth...


The Bluebeard lilies are blooming... their berries are navy blue
Canada Mayflower...

... and a carpet of bunchberries right at our river overlook on the ridge trail...
... just thick with them...


...so many were just perfectly formed... 
... I am looking forward to seeing the little bunches of red berries in a carpet this fall!

More garden, landscape, view and other "adventurous" photos coming up soon! 





2 comments:

  1. Love the purple lupines. I hadn't heard of them before. Great job on the raised beds--weeds and the deer got my garden this year..plus I finished my latest book. We have two planting seasons so I'm thinking about planting a fall garden this year.

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  2. I'm so jealous! What beautiful flowers. I can't imagine how peaceful and serene it must be there. Which one of you is the great photographer?

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