Saturday, June 25, 2022

Fiveleaf Akebia

This may be hard to believe.  I planted this vine more than ten years ago and this is the first year it has bloomed when I am at the garden.  I must have missed it so many times. Over the years there were a couple of leaves here and there but never any blooms. At least none that lasted for any length of time. Is this normal?  I have no idea.

 Pretty obvious where it gets it name!


It was a surprise this past week when it started blooming, and lots of blooms!!  It is planted here in the Asian Patio Fountain Garden and is perfect for the over-all “atmosphere” of that area.  So happy to see that it has finally come into taking its rightful place in that area.  Love it.


Buddha in the garden

Asian Garden Lantern

Though it was finished blooming in just over two weeks, the leaves will continue to add that special “feeling” to the patio!   


Asian Patio Fouuntain


Some  information on the Akebia vine:


Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), also known as five leaf akebia, is a highly fragrant, vanilla scented vine that is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9. This deciduous semi-evergreen plant reaches its mature height of 15 to 20 feet (4.5-6 m.) rapidly and produces beautiful lilac flowers from May through June. Since the chocolate vine growth rate is so fast, it makes an excellent cover for arbors, trellises, pergolas, or fences. Growing chocolate vine produces edible seedpods that taste similar to tapioca pudding. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Tree Bark #4

Once again, I got caught-up in checking out the tree bark in the area.  I find bark to be really fascinating. Here are more photos in this series from recent hikes.


So many textures – interesting!

If  you can identify the tree - Let me know!

Winter Sky

Same sky - different tree

On the shore of Lake Mendota

Have no idea how this forms!

Tall & Rough


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Walking the Trails #3 End of Winter

Now that it is obvious that we have gotten into the warmth of the Summer season, I thought we would take a quick look back at the season past. These are never before seen photos form the third in a series of nature “Trails” at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. These are from the last months before everything started turning green.


Enjoy, and FINALLY the snow is gone!


Lake Mendota

Sandhill Cranes checking out possible nesting sites

Curves of the Sumac branches

Even in the "emptiness" beauty exist.

It seems I am not the only one our taking a walk today!


Saturday, June 4, 2022


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.

Ghost Spider on coneflower

Not to forget - Winter happens here too!

Look closely - a Humming Bird!

Great day for sailing on Lake Michigan

off the Gardens at Waters East.

Hybridized Daylily #8

Gone to seed!