Local Hike

By Carol at 3:49 am on Thursday, July 10, 2008

This week Larry led twenty-six hikers, on a hike he takes almost daily. We covered about three miles of hilly terrain, on a very hot day.

wood frog

At the top of the “mountain” we met this wood frog (rana sylvatica), nicely camouflaged amongst the leaves of the forest floor.

forest swing

In a forest clearing, we were surprised to find a swing and campfire circle.

rock formations

Ferns dotted these outcroppings along one segment of the trail.

mushrom lesson

Currie explains the characteristics of this red mushroom (Russula sp.), found on the path.

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Milford State Forest

By Carol at 3:22 am on Thursday, July 10, 2008

We have enjoyed two beautiful hikes on Milford State Forest lands, led by Currie and Virginia, who pointed out numerous interesting mushrooms and fruit-bearing plants.

Three spectacular mushrooms:

yellow mushroom

mushroom tree

hairlike mushroom

red elderberry

Red elderberry bush.

Purple raspberry or thimbleberry

Purple raspberry in flower.

basswood tree

Basswood tree.

maple in flower

A flowering maple in the forest understory.

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2008 Early Summer Garden at Rose Cottage

By Carol at 2:48 am on Thursday, July 10, 2008

Le President Clematis

“Le President” clematis

Lacecap

Lacecap hydrangea in bud.

Persicaria and evening primrose in the lower garden.

Persicaria and evening primrose in the lower garden.

stone walk
A new native-stone walkway, by Larry.

heliopsis bed

A bed of three different heliopsis, chocolate eupatorium, rudbeckia, varigated perennial phlox, purple basil, babys breath, and perennial bachelor buttons.

Lilies and lsysmachia

Lilies and lysmachia in foreground, the woodland garden beyond has hostas and filipendulas.

aerial view 1

Two aerial views of the upper garden, taken from the roof.

aerial view 2

Three summer-blooming lilies:

Yellow Asiatic Lilies

Pink liles

orange lilies

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