Friday, May 26, 2023

6 Pack - - Party on the Beach

 6 PACK – Party on the Beach


A rather large and extensive collection of photos has been taken on StoneWater Beach which is the private beach on Lake Michigan along the shore of this area known as Gardens at Waters East.  Over the past months, many wonderful scenes of the waters, clouds, sun, plants, and stones have been captured.  In the past when similar photos were posted on the Blog many people commented about the lake and how it adds to the beauty and experience here at the Gardens at Waters East


Instead of just filing all the unused photos away, this series will post six of them (thus a - - 6 Pack) as a set in an ongoing series.  Now I do admit this posting is more than a 6 pack more like a 12 Pack a little extra libation for the long hike! None of these pictures have ever been posted before today.  Even if you never walk the paths here or wander down to the lake shore, you are invited to experience and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan as do all those who have come here to the gardens for a visit. 


In more ways than one, it is always - - - “cooler by the lake”.


Do Enjoy


Pelicans - 

come from the East Coast each summer

clouds and water - always nice views

wild flower - ?

Neighbors stairs ruined from winter erosion.

swallow bird nesting holes in bluff

wild yarrow

carried this 45 Lb stone up to the garden -

 heavy after all the climbing!

mushrooms on log

Climb up the bluff




Friday, May 19, 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






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.


Monday, May 8, 2023

A Day in the Garden - May 2023



Yesterday was an excellent day for working in the gardens. It was sunny and about 70 degrees, just right.  Got a lot of work done; digging holes for new plants, removing weeds, amending soil, general maintenance, etc. However, in the early part of the afternoon the winds changed and came in off the lake.  Anyone living near Lake Michigan knows what that means.  The temperature dropped form 70+ degrees down to 55 degrees in less than 5 minutes.   Got a little chilly for me. This is always a welcomed breeze during the hot days of July but not this early in the gardening season. The cold air coming onto the land forms a ground fog.  Looks haunting.


Before the change in temperature, I took some photos of the garden keeping thus record of what is blooming when.  There are a number of additional early spring flowers that have opened since the last posting of the early blooms here in the garden which was posted on April 14th titled “Quote”.2  just in case you want to check those out. Things are looking good.




Native Trout lily



Part of garden overview



Robin nest and eggs.

Sad note:  Went out today and the eggs are gone

only many feathers left in the nest!

Someone killed the mother and took the eggs - SAD.






Tardia - close


Monday, May 1, 2023

Want a "Quickie" ? Today May 1, 2023

One would think, or even expect, now that it is May 1st that Winter would long be gone.


Woke up this morning thinking I would walk the gardens and see more Spring flowers in bloom.  NOT SO!!!

To my surprise, even more my dismay it is snowing – AGAIN.

Will it even end???

These are a few photos from my walk this morning.

Not a Happy Camper today!