Random thoughts and pictures…

We have received plenty of rain this summer. Everything has grown so lush. The view up the drive of the garden gate is very impressive!

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We walked part of the Raleigh Greenway I like to call Capital Swamp because it has a long boardwalk over a marsh and pond. There were many turtles and young ducks.

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It’s very amazing this area is so close to downtown!

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Parts of the greenway are also wooded.

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And there were several Great Blue Herons today!

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Of course, we had to stop by India Mahal for lunch!

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Back in the garden the Bumble bees were enjoying the Rose-of-Sharons (Althea) which were coming into their blooming season.

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They come in shades of blue/purple, red/pink, and white, and either have red throats or plain throats. The seed prolifically so there are many volunteers!

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They can grown into large shrubs/small trees so I like to trim them back to about knee high every five years or so.

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Beautiful and easy!

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22 responses to “Random thoughts and pictures…

  1. Great photo of the bumblebee!

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  2. Great shot of the bumblebee!

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  3. You are lucky to have rain. We are still way below our yearly average. Parts of my back yard used to be a muddy bog, but no longer. I will take your advice on the Rose of Sharon as mine is getting too big.

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  4. you live in a wonderful place, swamps and turtles and indian restaurants, great post

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  5. Beautiful! I wonder if there are any native orchids growing in the wetland.

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  6. Beautiful pics of nature but that luch looked pretty tasty! 😉

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  7. It’s been an odd summer. A couple dry spells between long bouts of rain. Hot, then cool, then hot again. That’s a really nice greenway you have in Raleigh. Since you like Indian food, if you are ever in Chicago you have to go to Devon Avenue – the biggest concentration of Indian shops and restaurants in North America.

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  8. Lovely photos, the one with the bee is great! Your meal looks scrumptious.

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  9. My Hibiscus (your Rose-of-Sharon) have never seeded and am surprised that a shub seeds so easily. I have several kinds too as they flower in late July and August when not much else is flowering.

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