One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Sunshine Slideshow

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Comments on: "Sunshine Slideshow" (6)

  1. birdoparadise said:

    This felt like using one of those picture viewers we had as kids. (What was it called? I was oohing over the water shot when the tide sign came into view, and it reminded me of my trip to Haines, Alaska, where my sister lives.

    Most of its population of 2000 are out in “the bush.” Across Mud Bay, you can make out several cabins along the shore and beyond. Those homeowners have to watch the tide tables, because they can only cross the bay by foot at low tide to reach their cars parked on the road on this side. (There are no roads across the bay or to their homes.) Some have apartments in town for those days when the tides don’t match their work or sleeping hours. But still they prefer their rugged lifestyle to staying in town. Go figure.

    Birdie, I think the Viewmaster is what you’re thinking of.

    In nearby Wellfleet, there’s an island – with road access – which is cut off by the high tide each day. I have sometimes had customers in the restaurant who would hang out for extra coffee waiting for low tide so they could go home.

  2. Oooo. Aaahh. I like the Viewmaster effect too. The broom flowers are charming, and look a bit like sweet peas. I wonder if they made brooms out of some part of the plant?

    My dear Jeaux, the scotch broom is, I believe, native to the British Isles and I have no doubt they are or used to be used to make brooms. They are one of those invasive species folks worry about muchly hereabouts, as they do thrive in our Cape climate. They have barely begun blooming and I expect I’ll have more pics of them over the next few weeks.

  3. Fun! So are these scans of old slides, or does the program make them look that way? We’re settling into our post-spring season, so it’s nice to see some of that springtime perkiness.

    The island that you can drive to is a cool concept. My nearby bay, before they dredged it, used to be used as a landing strip 50+ years ago during low tide. Definitely makes you aware of the natural cycles!

    Hiya, James! The pics in this slideshow are as old as the weekend, and only made to look much older by the slideshow’s effect. They were all taken Friday morning, when the sun put in its first substantial appearance of the week, it seemed. There was much gardening to be done in my short window of opportunity, and still managed to squeeze in a walk to the bay, as well!

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  5. Isn’t it funny how often new technology gets used to approximate an older effect? I love it too.

    The weather here has to be catastrophic before people take it into account, and even then, when there is severe flooding say, many people try to put all the blame for the subways not working on the MTA. Sometimes it’s good to have natural cycles remind us they still get the final say.

    I’m always a little amused at silly New Yorkers who think the underground flooding is the subway system’s fault. Um, folks, it’s below sea level…not to mention all the natural brooks and streams on the island which have been sent underground as the city developed.

    Yes, Mother Nature’s got the trump card – she always has! ; )

  6. Well done! I can’t believe your Iris plants are blooming so soon. Mine haven’t even sent up their stalk yet. Our Magnolia is finished blooming and now enter the Lilacs I will post soon.

    Very nice, Greg.

    Thanks, Butch! We were a bit surprised to discover the irises had begun blooming during the rainy week…in fact, one flower had totally come and gone without us knowing. Fortunately, it’s just the vanguard and there should be many more on the way!

    And the lilacs right now, well, they are intoxicatingly lovely! Posting them soon here, as well!

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