Good morning to all of you! It was another beautiful day here yesterday. Still, I realize that most of you would consider these temps to be rather cool, especially this time of year, but for us it is fantastic. It was much worse than this last year at this time, so I am very happy indeed. I went to check on my river path yesterday afternoon, but it was not doing too well yet, which is what I figured. Due to the heavy growth of pine trees back there, the sun doesn’t get through to help melt that snow. So there is still a lot of snow, and ice, back along the path right now. So I didn’t go too far, no point in taking chances. After all, it took me 6 months to get back to walking properly again, I don’t want to mess that up now. It will take a bit more time before the ice and snow is gone back there. What we need is for temps to stay above freezing at night, which we are not getting yet. And some rain would be helpful too, it melts the snow faster in those sheltered areas.
And now, we will take a look at some bright flowers, even though they may not be the most beautiful for most people…
Here we have one of our wildflowers, the Canada hawkweed, which is not a weed. These are actually in the same family as daisies. They look somewhat like a very tall dandelion. These can get up to 2 ft (60cm) tall.
Another relative is the orange hawkweed, which can get to the point of taking over an area, but if you have a spot where nothing will grow, plant these, they will grow anywhere. They also look nice and butterflies and bees love them. So do hummingbirds.
And we will end off with this nice lavender daisy from France. I wish these would grow around here but our climate likely wouldn’t be very nice for it. I hope all of you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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