A Beautiful End to Summer

Posted by mrssmythe on September 21, 2018 in Chickens, Garden, Hiking, Out & About, Pollinators, Week in Review |

Time in the garden is extra sweet these days knowing that our first freeze is just around the corner. Many of the flowers are putting out a final show before the cold descends, the clematis among them.

The pond lily is particularly pretty right now.

And, though the zinnias are looking a little worn – especially after the recent rains – the monarchs don’t seem to mind.

Neither do the bumble bees.

By the way – isn’t the center of a zinnia beautiful? I didn’t realize how intriguing they were until I looked more closely at the photo above. Really, quite pretty.

The honeybees are busily employed.

And, as I may have mentioned before, we have lots of dragonflies in the yard this year.

In the backyard, the bumble bees remain busy amongst the pumpkin vines which continue to put out flowers. Here you see two bees tumbling about a single blossom. I imagine it’s hard to know if a flower is occupied before you fly into it.

And the chickens are molting. We find feathers all over the yard. Both birds look patchy at best. The area where they dust bathe looks particularly gruesome – like a massacre occurred there. Hopefully they will fill back in soon.

By the way, I still don’t understand why chickens molt right before winter. Wouldn’t you think it would be better for them to hang onto all of their feathers going into colder weather? Or, maybe a fresh set of feathers is more insulating.

We continue to try and squeeze in family hikes when we can. This past Sunday, we drove to the White Cedar Swamp trail in Wilbraham for a mild walk through some beautiful terrain.

Portions of the trail stretch through forest.

Other sections take you through lovely meadows.

As you can see, we had beautiful weather, and I’m sure this path is one we’ll return to again. If you’re in the local area, we definitely recommend it.

From the dining room table, hoping the beautiful weather holds and keeps the flowers going for a while longer,

Mrs. Smythe

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