Thursday, September 6, 2018

September Flower Garden Tour

I'm sharing some photos of my
 September Flower Garden
It's sad to see Summer going.
Shorter days with more hours of darkness.

My two favorite flowerpot plants, this year, 
 the trailing Geranium below
 and Marigolds.
I've been away a lot this summer
and thanks to my brother for watering them.

This Tamarisk bush really grew tall this year.

Helenium flowers are so pretty.

I took some close-ups


Two fishing floats, beach finds.
hanging under a tree.
I'm hoping to find an orange one,
to complete my collection.

Weeping Willow Tree,
with orange Daylily plant,
that never flowers.
(I don't know why)
Maybe the deer eat the flowers.

I have a few pumpkins growing in my garden.
I didn't plant them. 
They reseeded from last year.

Pumpkin Flowers.

Blackberry bushes grow so tall.
Blackberries grow better in a more temperate climate,
 such as Western Canada, where they can be invasive.
They are slow to ripen here and a lot of them don't ripen.
However, I enjoy what I have.

I transplanted some 
Gooseneck Loosestrike
between trees.
It's invasive and will spread,
....less grass to cut.

My transparent apples are  smaller this year 
because of lack of rain.

Pink Poppies

Varigated leaf, Coreopsis 


Above the plant is a long stock with green berries.

A close up of the
Shieldleaf  flower that dries to berries,
 for birds to eat.

White Phlox
So pure and elegant

Black-eyed Susans

Coneflower ~ Echinacea 

Rowan Tree or Mountain Ash
with berries. 

Rowan berries, food for the birds.

Russian Olive Tree
Pretty silver leaves

~ Jewelweed ~
Bees love this little orchid looking plant.
It produces a lot of seed and will grow anywhere.
It's an annual plant that reseeds itself.
If you hold a seed tightly in the palm 
of your hand, it will explode.

 The juice of the leaves and stems
 is a traditional Native American 
remedy for skin rashes,
 including poison ivy.


A garden path.
With some sea bricks,
I gathered from my walks on the beach.
Also Seabiscuit is comfortable at home, in the garden.
To see more on how I rescued him,
check out a previous blog,
click here.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hiking in Forillon Park ~ Gaspé.

My daughter and family were visiting
last week and we did a coastal hike, 
on The Graves Trail,
know as "the end of the world" at
Forillon National Park,
 located at the outer tip of the Gaspe Peninsula.
This park was created in 1970, covering 94 sq. miles,
 the first national park in Quebec.
The park includes forest, sea coast, salt marshes, 
sand dunes, cliffs and 
the Eastern End of the Appalachian Mountains. 
The word "forillon" is thought to have referred
 to a  landmark in the area that
 has since collapsed into the ocean. 

Sadly, 225 families were expropriated to create this park,
forced to leave their homeland,
 and take up residence elsewhere.

Our hike on The Graves Trail, round trip, is
15.2 km or approx. 8 miles.

Stunning view with the beaches, 
wildlife and wildflowers.
My sister Annie came with us also. 
She is 73yrs. old and
this was her first time hiking.
 She did great, and enjoyed it very much.

Annie, Mathieu,  Suzanne, Sabrina, Martin,
and of course, cute dog Pinto behind.
Dogs on leashes are allowed at this park.

We were given a pamphlet with instructions,
 in case we encounter bears.
Luckily, we didn't see any.
However, I did see a large patch of grass 
that had been laid on, close to the trail,
  and I did faintly smell bear.
(similar to skunk or strong urine)
Annie and I both seniors in the group,
hastened our step to stay close to the group.

There are 2 trails 
an easy one used by bikers etc.
Also a forest one which goes lower to the water.
We took the easy one up and the other to come down.

Taking a break

We were not alone on this hike.
Lots of hikers, toddlers, children, also
very inspiring to see seniors, some in their 80's.
and a Mom pushing a baby carriage.

Our destination coming up

Our first view of the lighthouse. 

A historial lighthouse



Suzanne and I hiked down to this lookout to "Land's End"



We were not alone on this lookout.

Family Photo

We started the forest trail down. 

Just in case.

A girl sitting alone.
enjoying the view..
She is brave...


No bikes allowed, on this trail. 

We arrive near the end on the trail, 
close to the parking lot

Annie waiting for me.
I often lagged behind to take pics. 
I was referred to as "bear bait" LOL

Back to the parking lot 

Annie was rewarded homemade ice-cream 
after her first hike.

We had a great time,
enjoying this part of our country,
and all it's natural beauty. 
God's creation.
 Also making memories.

Thanks for your visit xo.