Monday, January 30, 2023

Coldest Days !!!

 Sunrises coldest days

There are days that are really COLD even here at the lake which is usually warmer than inland.  But a few of the last days of December were so cold!  You can almost feel the cold as you look at the photos here – see the steam coming up off the water forming into clouds.  That is a sure sign that it is very cold.  Each of these days the temperature started each morning at  -17C to -21C and never got much warmer during the rest of the day.

I thought that was it for the coldest part of our winter, then I woke up this morning at, it was 3F (-16.11 C ) and the weather station said it would be below 0 F (-17.78 C )for a few days this week. It is cold and this morning the sunrise looks like it did in December!!!  I’ll have to post a few photos of the weather I like in a couple of day – flowers and sunshine!!!


Bundle up!

It is so very very cold here at the Gardens at Waters East.

The following two photos were taken this morning at 11:00.
You can see - it is still very cold!

Getting to the end of the shipping season.

 Enough of this!  Lets see some summer shots!


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay Botanical Garden


This is a wonderful place to visit, for sure more than once.  There are a variety of programs both indoor and outdoor summer though winter offered during the year.  The gardens consist of 47 acres with more than 85,000 plants.  

When visiting you will find a great selection of everyone’s favorites – roses -   and so much more. There are many walkways and secluded rest areas, sculptures, and “follies”. It is really a nice place and such an asset for a smaller city.  It is 100% community supported making it a place of pride for the whole community.


Enjoy this small sampling of the gardens.

There is so much more to experience when you get the chance for a visit.


Part of the Rose Gardens

Met some people I think I know!

Formal Garden

Another visitor

And another

Path to one of the Follies

Sculpture of a Praying Mantis

Beautiful wooded areas


Looking up inside the Solarium


Monday, January 16, 2023


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


Centaurea Montana

Margarita Daisy


Mixed field


Crab Spider on Coneflower

can you spot it?

Native Cup Plant

Creeping Phlox

Purple Coneflower


Major storm coming for the North down the lake.


This is  a Zinnia blooming this week in the house.

Wanted something form the garden blooming now

making the garden season last just a little longer!


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


Tuesday, January 3, 2023


I don’t know about you, but I must admit that I often am so focused on the plants and blooms all around me as I walk the paths in the Gardens at Waters East that I miss what is happening above me.  This posting will be photos from the Gardens at Waters East - - looking up.

Clouds here on the shore of Lake Michigan are special because of the reflection from the lake, vapors from the water, and the blue of the lake.  Like every cloud – they are momentary, passing, forming and reforming - - -  then gone.  Their time for “being” comes then goes – like life. Enjoy the moments you see them, which can remind all of us to enjoy and appreciate all of our own moments - they too will pass – gone forever.