Sunday, May 15, 2022

One Singular Sensation !!!

Take a look at just one plant here at the Gardens at Waters East, the Crocus.  Looking in close, lots of interesting detail on this photo taken in May.




Thursday, May 12, 2022

TOUR - Gardens at Waters East 5.10.22

Tour of GAWE 5.10.22 

On Tuesday this week May 10th.  I took a “tour” of the Gardens at Waters East. As you will see – the flowers are well behind most of you my fellow Bloggers.  Not even one tulip is bloom at this time!

Double Daffodil

Wood Violet & Bumble Bee





The temperature on Tuesday was in the low 50s F,  12 C !  It is a lot cooler here on the shores of Lake Michigan.  That is nice in the middle of summer when everyone else is “baking” in the Summer heat, and here the gardens live with “natural air conditioning”.

Grape Hyacinth


Petasites japonicus


Siberian  Squill

Magnolia bud

Magnolia bud #2

Siberian Squill field

Wood violet



Once again - our friend the Bumble Bee




Enjoy the few blooms that exist this week.



Sunday, May 1, 2022

Spring Ephemerals

Took a hike this weekend to check-out some of the Spring Ephemerals blooming these days.  Nice to see things beginning to come “alive” once again and the season finally changing to Spring.


Do Enjoy

We will see more of these later.

Then you will find out what they are.

These two photos are the  native Wood Violet

These next three are Trout Lily

The next three are Dutchman's Breeches


A baby rabbit hiding from me!

Tullipa Humilis Lilliput

These are Siberian Squill

Chinodoxa forbesii
Glory of the Snow

These last three are Bloodroot,
the same as the first photo posted today.





Monday, April 25, 2022

JUST the Lake

The Gardens at Waters East sits along the western shore of Lake Michigan.  The name comes from the Ojibwe people --- mishi-gami   meaning “great water”. The lake is one of the five Great Lakes in USA, 307 miles long and about 118 miles wide at the widest.  The average depth is 279 feet with a maximum of 925 feet. It is 581 feet above sea level and is the result of the last Ice Age. It contains one Quadrillion gallons of water. It is so large that it would take about 400 billion gallons of water to raise the level by one inch.

Most recent photo of a sunrise at Gardens at Waters East
taken on April 22, 2022

Surface area is 31,200 square miles (82,000 square kilometers).  Waves can reach as high as 20 feet. It is home to the largest freshwater sand dunes.

All photos posted today were taken at the Gardens at Waters East - except the next two.  However if you look closely you might see the gardens on the West side of the lake. 


Heavy rain storm out over the lake
seen form the Gardens at Waters East

The deepest part of Lake Michigan is about 15 miles north of the Gardens at Waters East. The water temperature at that deepest level is nearly a constant 39 degrees. It is the only Great Lake located completely in the USA.

Sunrise in the East

Sunset in the West -
reflecting off the lake clouds in the East