Thursday, September 12, 2019

AMAZING - Monarchs 2019.2

This is the second in the series of Monarchs 2019.  As stated in an earlier posting, (9.4.19) there are hundreds of Monarch photos that were taken this summer and I will be sharing only a few in the postings for this year.  You have seen some, here are some more!

Do enjoy a few more.

 chrytalis in the monarch cage

 gathering for the evening

 saying "good bye" before going off to Mexico

Joe Pye Weed - one of their favorites


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AMAZING - Monarch 2019.1

Here we go!!!  If you check out the most recent posting (September 2, 2019) you will have enjoyed a video of the Monarchs in the gardens resting for the night.  All were resting for three days and getting nourishment from the many native flowers here in the Gardens at Waters East. They were preparing to fly on to central Mexico. So many Monarchs.

This posting and the next (Monarchs 2019.2)  are a few of the many photos taken while the famous butterflies were here.

 one formed into the chrysalis & one just starting as it forms the famous "J"

One of the Monarchs escaped the cage and built a chrysalis
under the coffee table in the sun room! 

 Final moments in the release of the butterfly from the cage.

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Amazing – Amazing

This summer has been a year of so many Monarch butterflies.  Unbelievable!
For so many years, there would be only a few found here at the Gardens at Waters East.  This year was a marked difference.  Thousands have passed through the gardens, many laid eggs and hatched into caterpillars then became butterflies.  Amazing!!!  So many photos and videos to share with you in the days ahead.

This posting is only a hint of what is to come.
I will be posting two more “editions” of the Monarchs from the Gardens at Waters Easttaken this summer. This posting is only meant to get you interested in this most interesting of creatures that visit these gardens.  The gardens here, with so much milk weed and native flowers, have long been a feeding station and nursery for the Monarchs.

Monarchs gathering and resting in trees at the gardens.  For three days they stayed here – then they left this weekend to continue their journey on to the central mountains of Mexico. They and their journey are something to admire.


Monday, August 19, 2019



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 Designplus 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, August 1, 2019

Watershed #30 - - Cave Point

Cave Point - part of the watershed 

Watershed for Gardens at Waters East

The easy definition of a watershed is:  the area of land where all the water that is under it or drains off of it goes to a shared destination.  In the case of Gardens at Waters East. Lake Michigan is that destination.

All gardens exist within a watershed.  And, all gardeners know the vital importance of watershed areas.  If the watershed is healthy, all life there stays a little more healthy.  What is done on the surface in our gardens and surrounding areas can impact what ends up being in that final watershed destination.  Gardeners know the importance of good stewardshipfor the patch of land where they live.  They know too that what they do on their land will effect the health and well being of all who depend on the quality of the area’s watershed.

Gardens at Waters Eastis located in the state of Wisconsin where there exist more than 12,600 rivers and streams that travel a total of 44,000 miles.  More than 32,000 of those miles are perennial streams.  There are 2,700 trout streams covering 10,370 miles.  There are more than 15,000 lakes, 5.3 million acres of wetlands, 1.2 guadrillion gallons of groundwater.  All this forms two different watersheds which drain either into the Great Lakes (and for Gardens at Waters Eastspecifically Lake Michigan), or the Mississippi River which itself eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico.  Wisconsin is blessed with such an abundance of water as a natural resource.  The best of gardeners realize the responsibilities they have to care for the health and well being of the watershed where they live.

The photos in this posting are of some of the very near rivers and creeks that are part of the immediate watershed environment of Gardens at Waters East.  The two large rivers ( The Kewaunee River and The Ahnapee River) and the two creeks (Three Mile Creek and Mashek Creek) are within walking distance of Gardens at Waters East.  These all flow directly into Lake Michigan which itself is one of the five Great Lakes which together contained 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.  Many past and future postings often showed and will continue to show Lake Michigan as a “backdrop” to garden pictures.  This is done to remind all visitors to the gardens not only of the beauty here, but also of the importance that Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes have for all life in this area.

This posting is of Cave Point in Door County
an hour north of the gardens.

Location of Gardens at Waters East on the Great Lakes

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Designplus 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.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Want a "Quickie" ? Today - July 18, 2019

Want a "Quickie" Today ?

After a little rain late this morning, I took a walk around the gardens.  Here are a few of the blooms from today.  Of special importance to me is the daylily #X1 which I hybridized here at the Gardens at Waters East. It exists no other place on earth - nice!

Enjoy them all.

 False Sunflower

 Flemish Poppy

 Pink Mallow

 Maltese Cross

 Sambucus - Black Lace

Sedum - Dragon's Blood

Hybridized Daylily - #X1

 Veronica - Sunny Border Blue

Yarrow - Red