Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Beauty of a Thistle



What is a weed?  A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.  
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878

Monday, August 22, 2011

Growing Herbs

 We keep trying to grow herbs at the lake. The fact is the weather conditions are so extreme  here that it is hard to get the plants to last.  Last year we planted them outside and there are a few still struggling straggling stems but not enough to chop up for cooking. This year we found some nice green pots and we thought we would try and grow a few new plants on the screen porch.  I plan to take them home to the city for the winter and see if I can keep them alive. So far I haven't used this years plants for cooking but I plan to very soon.

We have Greek Oregano, Pineapple mint and Lemon balm growing on the porch and they smell great!

Friday, August 19, 2011


The island has more frogs this year than I have ever seen here. A couple of different kinds are hopping around too! I laid in the bush behind a fallen log to be face to face with this little cutie. He posed patiently for a long time because it took me a while to figure out how to get the best picture.

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