Gardening and Landscaping on the shore of Lake Michigan in Zone 4 - Zone 5. The special circumstances, needs and assets, for lake area gardening. Blogs to cover ongoing gardening and plantings, developments and issues, special plants. This is a photo journal of gardening as a hobby, shared with those of like mind.
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
EROSION - UPDATE
Beach Erosion – UPDATE
The beach at Gardens at Waters East continues to erode!!! A previous posting on 11.26.19 showed some before and after photos of StoneWater Beach here at the Gardens at Waters East. (You can go back to check them out )
The Lake is not being kind to many of us along its shore – but that is part of living here. The cycles of high water come and go – this year they are exceptionally high. The bluff that use to slant at a reasonable angle to the beach is now a steep cliff of over 60 feet high.
Here a few more photos taken this week.
All along the shore - this is how the cliffs look today!
The neighbor's staircase beginning to finally wash away.
A crew trying to save the staircase yesterday.
More of the erosion cutting into the cliff.
Notice the layers of soil built up over years of Earth's history.
The other neighbor's staircase -
notice the pilings are hanging out of the ground!
Lower part of the neighbor's staircase
washed from 1/4 mile up the beach to here.
So many trees have been lost.
Even with all of the erosion -
there is beauty this week on StoneWater Beach!
Friday, December 20, 2019
Here are a few of the “creatures” and animals that visit
Gardens at Waters East.
They like this place too!!! – Like ME.
The American Eagle
This has been the favorite tree and branch for years and years of the Eagle generations.
Now the tree no longer exist because of the erosion posted some days ago (11.26.19).
The tree has been swept away into the lake - gone forever. It is interesting to watch the eagle searching for a new tree and branch. It has tried out a few different ones
but has not settled on the one it wants.
Buck in the garden in November.
Duck eggs - May
Goldfinch - May
Goose on rock in May off StoneWater Beach at the gardens.
Not very recent visitors -
a fossil of some visitors from millions of years ago found on the beach.
on the Asian patio wall - November.
Deer family at the main door this September.
Rabbit visiting in June.
Another visitor from many years ago -
a fossil found on the beach this past May.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
It is the season where we all start seeing lots of RED. With that in mind, I looked around the sunroom this morning to see what was blooming today. I thought these photos might bring a little of the spirit of the holidays. One is most interesting to me because it is doing so well in the house.
So much of the Christmas season
Planted this as a seed in the vegetable garden this summer.
Brought it into the house in September.
It has been producing Thai Peppers for months now.
- - never thought it would do so well in the house!
group of the peppers
Monday, December 2, 2019
BLOG SHOTS #127
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
LAKE MICHIGAN AT GARDENDS AT WATERS EAST
LOVE OVER THE FENCE
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
EROSION - Gardens at Waters East
The shore at Gardens at Waters East has taken a real beating these last weeks. Lake Michigan water levels are way up and so there is lots of serious erosion happening all around the lake. Homes are falling into the lake and lots of property has been swallowed up by the waters. Strong storms with very strong winds coming from the East have greatly increased the damage.
Here are some photos of “before” and “after” of the beach shore at the gardens. Much of what you will see in the photos no longer exist! It is gone!
Before the erosion and storms
You will see more of this oak tree in other photos.
Notice the old Oak Tree
Here is the tree once again - and the wide shore.
It is no longer here - all gone!
Up to the very edge of the trees you see in this photo.
The above photos were before the erosion.
Now look at what has been happening to the shore.
In earlier times!
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