A Walk through the Garden

Today’s walk actually wasn’t…I didn’t feel  well enough to do a lot of walking. Yet I felt an obligation to you, my readers, to post pictures of posies…that’s what I do on Wednesdays. So on my way to rest in the embrace of Our Lord at the Adoration Chapel, I stopped at my favorite greenhouse [Read More…]

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A Walk through the Garden

We’ve had a lot of rain in the past 24 hours…not much to see in the gardens but a lot of leaf debris. The storms last nights were intense! Lightening strikes and strong winds broke a lot of trees. My Jonagold apple tree took a beating…the canopy collapsed under the storm (kind of hard to [Read More…]

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A Walk through the Garden

The tomatoes are ripening, the corn is coming in, and bushels of cucumbers stay cool in the shade. The season of abundance has begun…and even the finches take part.         [Read more…]

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A Walk through the Gardens

Of what remains in my gardens, flowering shrubs and ornamental trees, this blue Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’, is still my favorite. Makes for a nice view against the Bottlebrush Buckeye, Aesculus parviflora var. Serotina  I was given a special gift in the garden this week…but that on Friday’s blog. (Images by Margaret Rose Realy, [Read More…]

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A Walk Through the Garden

The fragrance this morning from the small upper meadow was amazing! One of the volunteers snagged the camera and caught me coming back from checking on the Ratibida columnifera that was introduced two summers ago (its the tall yellow prairie coneflower).           Why yes, I am wearing my favorite gardening  t-shirt from Elizabeth… [Read More…]

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The Northern Catalpa, sometimes called a Catawba tree, is primarily used today as a large ornamental shade tree–lovely flowers too!  Settlers planted Catalpa to produce fence posts…the wood is lightweight, and the heartwood is resistant to deterioration when placed in the ground. For these same reasons, railroad companies grew plantations of them for railroad ties [Read More…]

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    This winter-hardy cactus is Opuntia, sometimes called prickly pear cactus. Its fruits and paddles are edible! And the man that keeps the 95 acres growing (and the garden society’s resident hero)!   All Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved. [Read more…]

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Along a dappled woodlands path at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, Michigan. Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved. [Read more…]

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