Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Yesterday was the celebration of the Summer Solstice.  In celebration of that event here is a posting of sunrises – one from each month over a one year period.


Always a joy to be greeted each morning with a sunrise over Lake Michigan

at the

Gardens at Waters East.















Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Monarchs - the next generation

 Monarchs – the next generation


Over the last couple of weeks, the Monarch Butterflies have been spending time in the Gardens at Waters East.


The Milkweed is their favorite food, and they lay their eggs on the plant’s leaves so that the hatching babies have a food source right-at-hand.  Here is a photo of one of the eggs, and a couple photos of the young caterpillars eating taken this past weekend in the gardens.


The egg - really really small

Chrysalis from last year

These caterpillars will form chrysalis, turn into full adult Monarchs, continue the long journey from these gardens north, even into Canada, lay eggs that will become more caterpillars, form chrysalis, become adult butterflies and those butterflies (the fourth generation from those that left Mexico) will make the very long flight back to central Mexico, never having been there in  Mexico. On their way to Mexico, some will spend a day or two here feeding and resting then continue their flight to Mexico the next morning. Truly a fantastic story!





Sunday, June 6, 2021

One Singular Sensation

 One Singular Sensation


Take a look at just one plant here at the Gardens at Waters East, the centaurea montana (Bachelor Button).  Looking in close, lots of interesting detail on this photo taken May 29, 2021 this year.




Thursday, June 3, 2021


 Well it is really official.  Memorial Day weekend is the OFFICIAL beginning of the summer season.  People start taking their vacation, planning on long or short “get-a-ways” over the next months.  This is the time of year to get out and enjoy the beautiful warm weather here in the Midwest.

Took a couple of walks around the Gardens at Waters East here on the shore of Lake Michigan this holiday weekend and want to share some of what is happening as the Spring continue to break forth in beauty.


Do enjoy



sunrise 5.27.21

Creeping Phlox

Cushion Spurge

Blade - manikin

Locust leaf buds

Bumble bee on phlox

Lake Path


view looking over the garden


Solomon Seal

Buddha in Asian Garden