Wildflowers and Walks


Right now it is pouring down with rain. There are flash flood warnings and it is steamy and sticky outside. It is the kind of weather where all you want to do is to stay inside with the air conditioning blasting away and a good book on your lap. Of course, I think that is a good way to spend most of the summer. However, over the weekend we had gorgeous weather and we went for a walk down by the river. The wildflowers are out in force and look absolutely beautiful.




I wish my flower beds looked half so bright and colorful. Maybe I should just fill them with weeds and call it a day? So many weeds really are beautiful if you look at them closely.



The trees are filling out nicely for the second time this year.  We had an absolutely awful infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars in our section of the country. They ate every leaf on many of the trees. They seem to particularly like oaks. The one in our front yard didn't have a leaf left on it. It looked like winter. The front of our house was black with caterpillars and the grass was literally moving with them.  It was disgusting. But you can see in the next few photos that the trees are making a comeback.




We meandered on home with our daughter riding her bike in circles around us. It was a peaceful and relaxing way to end the day. If the rain lets up we will have to do it all over again. In the meantime, the air conditioning and my book are calling to me.


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  1. It looks so beautiful where you are! I love posts like this as they make me feel like I'm learning more about a little corner of the world. And I'm all for planting wildflowers/letting weeds flower. :)

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    1. Well, this corner of Connecticut is very pretty though I wouldn't say the town I live in is. However, as with any area, there are pretty spots if you look for them. The walk along the river is always pretty.

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  2. Your photos are lovely, especially the wildflowers. What a shame about all those caterpillars, but it's great to hear that the trees are fighting back. Apparently our butterflies are in decline in the UK due to several bad summers, but obviously you can have too much of a good thing!

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    1. I would probably be more tolerant of the caterpillars if they turned into gorgeous butterflies. Instead we get lots of annoying, small moths. I was just telling my kids that when I was their age there were tons of Monarch butterflies every summer. Now seeing one is a treat. It's sad to see the numbers decreasing.

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  3. Great pictures.

    Some weeds are indeed very visually attractive. I also sometimes wonder why folks do not plant them.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. What makes a plant desirable instead of a weed?

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