Summer Photo Walk, September 3

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This morning I returned to the Allen County Children’s Garden. The tall grass garden is raging to record growth; the mulch path that winds through it was almost completely obscured with overgrowth. There were so many bees buzzing through the garden that I didn’t want to risk getting stung walking through that labyrinth.

In addition to my usual shots of flora from this delightful public garden, I also offer some of the whimsical decorations on display here.

We have started the slow march toward fall. In the background of one of the decorations, there is bokeh of yellow tree leaves. We’ve had a deficit of rain this summer so some of the leaves that are already changing may be due to leaf drop, a strategy trees use to cope with drought.

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Summer Photo Walk, August 5

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The sunflowers are in full bloom at the Allen County Children’s Garden. The ones in my garden are lagging behind others in town because I was late to sow their seeds this year. The annuals are prospering everywhere, and this public garden was no exception.

I spotted a wind chime fashioned in part from souvenir spoons. That’s some creative upcycling.

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Bees Love Echinacea

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This week I returned to the public garden where I encountered the green sweat bee last weekend. This time a bumble bee was feasting on the same flower.

Mammoth Russian

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Above is one of the mammoth Russian sunflowers I grew three years ago. I’m still waiting for them to germinate this year, and I’m already filled with anticipation for the their late dinner-plate gauge blooms. Mammoth Russians have what I imagine to be the greatest joy-per-penny spent ratio in gardening. For as little as 50 cents, you can have an entire flower bed of 12-foot-high yellow wonder awaiting you in August.

Saturday Photo Walk

I love the serenity of the Allen County Children’s Garden in Lima, Ohio. I’ve been visiting this place for 16 years. I’m happy to share some of the sights I enjoyed there today.