Coming to Bloom

I’ve been in Arbor for five days, noodling around in shops, riding my TerraTrike on the TART trail and the new Heritage Trail that goes from Glen Arbor to the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb.  That is a lovely, lovely trail that winds through forest, past Glen Haven, and then through dunes.  I saw a black towhee and two Swainson’s Thrush during one ride.

When I stepped out of my car this afternoon, I took in the wonderful mingled scents of late blooming lilacs, hansa roses, and peonies.

I picked up this charming owl box at the same Leland shop.  The petunias are enjoying the slow spring.
I picked up this charming owl box at the same Leland shop. The petunias are enjoying the slow spring.
The kousa dogwood is putting on its graceful show in the Secret Garden.
The kousa dogwood is putting on its graceful show in the Secret Garden.
James McFarlane lilacs and poppies gracing the old light that I bought two summers ago in Leland.
James McFarlane lilacs and poppies gracing the old light that I bought two summers ago in Leland.
James McFarlane lilacs and Amsonia in the Secret Garden.
James McFarlane lilacs and Amsonia in the Secret Garden.
The entrance to the Secret Garden, graced by a two year old peony that is coming along nicely.
The entrance to the Secret Garden, graced by a two year old peony that is coming along nicely.

One thought on “Coming to Bloom

  1. Hi! I’m in Grand Rapids too and I’ll have to drive by and take a peek at your garden! Question for you: Do you find New Dawn Rose to be tip hardy? Does yours rebloom? I have a new arbor and am waffling back and forth between New Dawn and a Sweet Autumn Clematis. 🙂

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