The Bogs Gone Wild

Gazing into the meadow

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!  I hope it has been a good one for you.

The tiger lilies are blooming.

I talked with my father earlier in the day.  He sounds good, something I was pleased to hear.  He had to have a medical procedure done while we were on vacation and out of cell phone range.  Using Facebook and email, I was able to keep informed, but that’s not as good as talking with Dad and knowing he’s okay by the sound of his voice.

Sixteen days away from Breezy Acres has turned this place into a wildlife park.  Cooking breakfast this morning, I glanced out the window to see a mama deer and a fawn walking around the pond, no doubt aiming for the rhododendrons near the woods.  A groundhog made himself at home under the deck and now thinks the top of the deck is his place to survey all that he can see.  Something (groundhog, deer, rabbits, maybe all three) has eaten most of the vegetable plants in the garden.  The trees and grass are thick and lush.

This morning’s view of the pond

The meadows that we mowed down in the early spring have grown quite a bit.  In the meadows, the yarrow and Canada thistle are blooming.  (I know Canada thistle is considered an invasive pest, but the goldfinches love it so I can’t bring myself to do anything to try to remove it.  Besides, it’s been in North America since the early 1700s, and obviously difficult to thwart in its quest to proliferate.)  The milkweed is getting ready to bloom.


Close to the house, the tiger lilies are blooming.  The sunflowers were mostly eaten, but one managed to escape and looks almost ready to bloom.  In June!  That’s unheard of for us.  Ours usually don’t bloom until August.  Crazy.

The daylilies are in bloom, too.  I noticed that on our way home yesterday.  Daylilies here in the Bogs are a lot like the lupins we saw in Canada and Maine.  They grow everywhere, especially in the ditches along the roadsides.  I fell in love with the lupins (also known as lupines, which I see spell check prefers), by the way, so expect to see a few of those sometime in the future.

Feeling a little rough in the morning

I know I said I wouldn’t be taking photos around the pond anytime soon, but decided I should go out and capture a little of the wildness.  The weather was not particularly cooperative.  Just as I made my way down to the pond, thunder started booming.  A few flashes of lightning decided to join in, and that’s when I decided I should give up and try again another time.

I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today.  We had some heavy showers in the morning.  It looked as though we needed it.  The weather continues to be very warm and humid.  We’ll be up in the 90s this week.  Bleh.  M and I are considering making a move to the basement for the summer, something the original owners of the house used to do in the days before air conditioning.  We just have to work out something to sleep on that’s as comfortable as our waterbed.  (Moving the waterbed is not an option.  We’re not THAT ambitious.)

Thanks for visiting.  I hope all is fine and dandy in your world, and that you’ve spent a little time enjoying nature, no matter what the weather.  I’ll have some Bay of Fundy photos for you tomorrow.


26 Comments on “The Bogs Gone Wild”

  1. sorry to hear your vegetable garden got ransacked. Am thinking the deer and that groundhog invited their friends and family over.

  2. Loved the photos and reading about the bogs again. Sorry the deer feasted on your veggies. Can you believe we had a deer and two fawn munching on plants in our yard here in Cleveland just yesterday? But the rain is desperately needed.
    Good to see you again. Have a great day.

  3. Karma says:

    That’s the hardest part of coming home from a vacation – looking around at all the work that lies ahead around the house and yard! I hope you are well rested from your long trip. Thanks again for sharing your Acadia stories – brought back plenty of memories for me of a well-beloved trip. Your lilies are lovely – I don’t even see buds on mine yet!

    • Robin says:

      I was surprised at how fast everything has grown, Karma, including those lilies. Everything has been blooming and coming in early this year. As for all the work, I’ve been taking it slow and easy, still resting up from the trip. Or being lazy. 🙂

  4. Gracie says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin. Sorry to hear about your veggies. We have a few growing in the backyard, thankfully no deers or groundhog nearby.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Welcome home … and glad to hear all went well with your dad.

  6. ladyfi says:

    The bogs look gorgeous in their wildness. Fabulous shots. And so glad to hear your dad is doing okay.

  7. jane tims says:

    Hi. The photo of the pine cone is stunning… the raindrops and sap-drops lovely together… best photo ever. Jane

  8. Sounds like the critters threw a kegger while you were gone…

  9. David Hall says:

    Excellent series of photos, but the first really stands out for me. Beautiful.

  10. bearyweather says:

    Last year, I often pictured my woodchuck (groundhog) with a cup of coffee in his paws surveying his domain from my front porch, too. Alas, something must have happened to him or he chose a different domain as I have not seen him (and I do not miss him). Everything grows extremely fast this time of year … I can not keep up with the weeds.

    • Robin says:

      lol, Bearyweather! I suspect that’s what my groundhog has been doing. Coffee in the morning and martinis in the evening. I had to chase him off today, but he’s growing so bold we might have to trap him and move him if he doesn’t start taking the hint.

  11. Wonderful photos- we could use some of that rain you’ve had here!

  12. Dana says:

    I was wondering how the Bogs fared in your absence. It looks like they had a field day (ha!) while you were away. 🙂

  13. Ellen says:

    very beautiful pictures!

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