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May. 23rd, 2006 @ 09:38 pm Wildflowers from the cottage.
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This weekend I decided to give hubby a vacation from me and the dog so on Sunday we bundled ourselves into the car and headed to the cottage. While it wasn't the nicest weather (5C at night!) It was great to be up there enjoying the fresh air. I managed to do some gardening (read - weeding). Mom is really pleased with the number of perennials that survived the winter. It's always iffy - between the cold (the cottage is a zone north of Ottawa) and the animals who think it's a buffet. For someone that only planted annuals all her life, she's really come around to the perennial gardening.

One thing my parents always said about the cottage is that they loved the fact that you could find a different wildflower blooming every week. So I crawled around the property for a while and this is what I came up with:



Blue Violets mixed in with the wild strawberries.
I have no idea what these ones are. If anyone can help out I'd appreciate it, it would save me looking through the wildflower books *g*. The blanket the front of the cottage and flower ever couple of years.
Starflower

Trillium
- these guys are everywhere! They grow singly up here, whereas they grow in bunches at our house.
Trillium
Lady's Slipper. One of the prettiest wildflowers IMHO
Ladyslipper




While I was up there I also started knitting my next shawl. It is the Box-Lace Shawl from Folk Shawls. I bought the wool, (Briggs and Little sport weight in Grey Heather) at Spring Tonic from Mabel Corlett, owner of The Wool Room, in Kingston. So far I have three repeats down, 23 to go.

Oh, and update on the machine saga, when I got home on Monday night my machine wouldn't come out of hibernation mode. Then it needed a disk consistency check. It is so going to die.
Who does she think she is?
bleedinghearts
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From:running5k2day
Date:May 24th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
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Brrrr- that sure was some cold weather up there in the cabin, however it sounds like it was well worth it. The flowers are beautiful. I love that there are so many types in all different colors. I would love to have a get away place, but around here if you drive in one direction you will hit sand and ocean. Head the other way and you get swamp land & alligators out in the Everglades-Oh well...we can't be happy all of the time, just some of the times.
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From:neeroc
Date:May 24th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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I know! There were places around here that got SNOW on Sunday night. How crazy is that?

I guess it's all a tradeoff - we get snow in May, you get heat, and with that comes alligators.

And really, is sand and ocean that bad? *g*
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From:lynn
Date:May 24th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you had a relaxing weekend (and I suppose hubby, too). Thanks for sharing the pictures. :)
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From:neeroc
Date:May 24th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
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It was nice, it ended too soon though *g*
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