Tuesday, July 18, 2017

- - - - served cold - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Curioser and curioser . . . . .

I went to my lawyer today to update my trust because it has been quite a while since I've done that. We made the necessary changes and the revisions will be sent to me after the Port Huron to Mackinaw Sailboat race this coming weekend. My lawyer's boat is entered, I have its name, its category, the start time, etc. so I'll be able to watch as he goes by my home. What fun!! As always, clicking on photos enlarges them.

Hemerocallis

Speaking of my lawyer and wills, estates, taxes, etc. - no sooner had I left his Sandusky office and gotten into my car to drive home when I got a text about a rumor, well, actually more than just one rumor.

Inula

I have chosen successor trustees who know how much I love and depend on my animals, dogs and cats.They feel the same about their animals as I do about mine. If necessary, they will find loving and caring homes for my best friends; each animal gets a bequest (money) to provide for its care after I'm gone. The money for the animal's health and well being goes to the people who will adopt and care my animals. I am positive my friends will do that for me, they are animal lovers like me. I may outlive some of the animals in my current pack - I hope that I will never be without animals in my life. Where else can one get unconditional love? Parents are supposed to love their kids unconditionally; most do.

Coreopsis

I don't understand the evilness of some people. There are, apparently, according to the text I received, rumors that my pets are to be put down after I pass. Who, I mean WHO would start such horrible, horrific rumors AND what business is it of anyone's what my financial and testamentary plans are - alive or dead. What kind of sicko would start something like that and, just as important, what kind of person passes that along without, I say WITHOUT, asking me - not that it's really any of anyone's business. My friends know. My lawyer knows. The rumor mongers. WHY!? Does it make them feel powerful. Do they really need to put others down in order to elevate themselves?

Heliopsis

Perhaps that's why I haven't heard from several folks in a long time - perhaps they believe the rumors. That explains things. I could go on but will stop there with that one.

Hemerocallis

There's another one though.

This one says that no one should breed to my Kit because she has bad teeth. For anyone reading: - Kit was returned to me about a year ago. She had not been paid for. I accepted her back and she has become one of my family now. Initially I wasn't going to breed her. But as she got over her shyness and fear and as I grew to love her, I decided that if I could find the right male, I would breed her at least once.

Hemerocallis

So gradually I started getting the necessaries done in order to possibly breed her. I got her eyes CERFed and her PennHIP hip test done and she passed both tests. The CERF was done at a show in NOVI. Dr. Wm. Schultz in East Lansing did the PennHIP. When I picked up Kit he said that he had a look at her teeth while she was anesthetized. I did not ask him to do that and I did not think of doing that but he did it and I'm now very, VERY glad he did. Those of you who know Dr. Schultz appreciate all he does. He spontaneously told me that there was nothing wrong with her teeth. The upper and lower teeth are close but good. I trust him. I know others do as well. I know there are dogs out there with missing teeth. I realize that there are dogs with overbites and underbites (probably not the correct terms). Kit is not one of them.

Silphium

That probably explains why some people have not even responded to me when I've asked them if they might be interested in letting me use one of their males for stud service with Kit. They could have asked. I would have told them exactly what I just wrote above. They apparently decided to accept the rumor.

Sunset - Peace, perfect peace!

There is, I suppose, nothing that can be done to stop the evil of rumors once they've been started.

I recently heard a story on one of the BBC productions about rumors. It went something like this: - A boy asked someone how to stop a rumor. The person told him to take a pillow out onto the football (soccer) field, open the pillow case up, dump the feathers out, and leave the field. Then return to the field, gather up the feathers, and put them all back in the pillow case. It's as hard to fix a rumor as it would be to re-stuff the pillow case with all the feathers.

I was recently misquoted. Here's one of my many aphorisms: "We all do better when we all do better." We, in an ideal world, should all help one another. We all have a very short time on our world and we are all on it together. We will all be gone in 100 years. For this incredibly short time shouldn't we try to help one another.

I'm adding recent photos to soften this a bit, maybe. Sorry for the rant.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ctenucha virginica - July 12, 2017

Wandering in the yard I saw a butterfly with an orange head, a startlingly blue body, and black wings held flat on the body when at rest. It was flying rapidly and looking for flowers to drink from. Atypically for a butterflies, it was not moving erratically, not fluttering, but moving in almost straight lines but rapidly. Can one say a butterfly is making a "bee line" for flowers? Clicking on photos enlarges them.


Thanks Google! It's a moth, not a butterfly even though it flies in the daytime. As a caterpillar it feeds on sedges - which I have in abundance. ("Grasses are flat; Sedges have edges; rushes are round - " as Dr. Brown my Botany professor said.) Ctenucha also apparently drinks nectar from a wide variety of flowers; here it's partaking of nectar from a white clover.

Take a glance at the website below. (You might have to copy and paste into a browser but it's worth doing.) It's a very pretty diurnal moth.
https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Ctenucha-virginica

Yarrow, Coreopsis, Ratibida

Larkspur buds, Hydrangea, Digitalis ambigua, 
Penstemon, Stachys

Larkspur, Digitalis ambigua, Hydrangea, 
Penstemon, Stachys, Yarrow

Clematis Jackmanii

Monarda (Bee Balm, Bergamot) and white clover

Bluebird

Evening Sky

Morning Moon

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Port Sanilac, Michigan - Garden Walk 2 - Saturday, July 8, 2017

Port Sanilac is a small Michigan community on the western shores of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. The people here are friendly, there's a nice harbor, docks, beaches, and loads of boats. Today I explored some of the amazing gardens in Port Sanilac and along the shores of Lake Huron north and south of the city.

The houses are warm, friendly, and inviting; the yards and gardens are amazing; photos don't do them justice.

This garden (below) belongs to Barb and John. Parts on the bluff are terraced and have alpine plants. There's a sprouting and potting greenhouse shed with seedlings and young plants waiting to gain strength before being planted outside. The variety of plants is astonishing a.s is their strength. I'm inspired. I saw plants here that I haven't seen since Langhammar, Gees Nursery, and Arrowhead Alpine days. I started at the last garden, the furthest south, because I was returning from my visit to Port Huron. Nothing prepard me for this masterpiece.Clicking on photos will enlarge them.


















Port Sanilac, Michigan - Garden Walk 1 - Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today the Port Sanilac, Michigan Garden Club had one of the best garden walks I've ever been on. There were amazing gardens, friendly people, and lovely weather. All of the gardens were lovely, well cared for, interesting, and unique. Special thanks to Shirley and Pat & Ron. Clicking on the photos will enlarge them.