Thursday, May 14, 2020

Joy & Signs of Hope #2

I am calling this series – Joy & Signs of Hope.

There are not many uplifting things in the news these days, so I decided to do a little more posting on the blog.  Seeing things of beauty and life can bring a little joy to all of us at this time.  So, in addition to the many regular postings here, over the next months I will do my part to brighten up your day with many recent photos taken of the beauty that lives here all year, Spring through Winter in the Gardens at Waters East.

I am calling these special postings – Joy & Signs of Hope.

Hope this helps!

A new bud about to bloom!

 Spring shipping has begun

Monarch butterfly - new life

Monday, May 4, 2020

6 Pack - Party on the Beach #6

6 PACK – Party on the Beach

A rather large and extensive collection of photos has been taken on StoneWater Beach which is the private beach on Lake Michigan along the shore of this area known as Gardens at Waters East.  Over the last months, many wonderful scenes of the waters, clouds, sun, plants, and stones have been captured.  In the past when similar photos were posted on the Blog many people commented about the lake and how it adds to the beauty and experience here at the Gardens at Waters East

Instead of just filing all the unused photos away, this series will post six of them (thus a - - 6 Pack) as a set in an ongoing series.  None of these pictures have ever been posted before today.  Even if you never walk the paths here or wander down to the lake shore, you are invited to experience and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan as do all those who have come here to the gardens for a visit. 

In more ways than one, it is - - - “cooler by the lake”.

NOTE:  All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Want a "Quickie" ? Today - waves 4.29.2020

All night long the wind has been blowing – speeds at 25 – 35 MPH with gusts even stronger!  Strong winds.  Here at the gardens as one looked out over Lake Michigan, you could see that the waves were high as far as the eye could see.

It is difficult to see or even feel the power in the water here at the gardens so I  thought it might be good to check out the harbor just down from the Gardens at Waters East.  This gives you more of a true visual of the power and force today on Lake Michigan.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

IN Your Face #17 - Blue Flax

In Your Face!!!

Me, me, me.  Look at me.  No, look at me.  Better yet, skip all those and look at me!  Walking through the Gardens at Waters East, one almost hears this constant refrain.  Every plant wants attention.  Every bloom is screaming – “I’m so beautiful just look at me!”  In many cases they are right.  Take a look at some of the beauties basking in the sun and calling to be the center of your attention. Checkout the detail of this garden resident – Blue Flax.

Self centered though they may be, the flowers do make you stop and stare.  They seem to be doing “their thing” just for you.  So why not indulge them for a few moments while walking the paths.

Here then are photos for this posting
pause a moment - - - really slow down and pause a moment
see the detail


 like the detail !

NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Want a "Quickie" ? Spring Blooms

Quickie – April 16, 2020

Took these photos this afternoon.  I decided I had to get out of the house now that the sun is shining – though it is still pretty cold.  So very encouraging to see that Spring is beginning here!  


 Siberian Squill


Always interesting to see where the flowers will sprout this year.  They seem to spread themselves all over the place. Started with a few, when the gardens were beginning, and now they spread here and there – looking so happy! 
All of these plants - SPREAD HAPPILY 

 Siberian Squill - spreading here and there.

 Petasites japonicus
now starting the bud - which reaches 15 - 18 niches tall!

Enjoy more photos from a walk around the gardens this afternoon.

Still spreading all over the place!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Each month Gardens at Waters East (GAWE) will post a few never before seen photos of “garden life” called - - BLOG SHOTS.  Here are the photos for this posting.

moments in the garden - - enjoy











Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.

NOTE:   All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East
unless otherwise marked.
NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.

Thursday, April 9, 2020


Being confined to the house, gives me plenty of time to watch out the window – guess who has been here that last few days?

Before we get to the most recent visitor; last week it was:  the skunk, deer (always around the house) loads of birds migrating north, the American Eagle on its daily sailing on the air above the beach now looking for the Brown Trout, and yesterday the latest visitor – the Red Fox.  It was happy finding lunch!!!

It’s always something !