Monday, 29 August 2011

Wind Effects on Ornamental Grasses at Lovegrass Farm in P.E.I.

A Windy Day at Lovegrass Farm on P.E.I.
Hurricane Irene, then Tropical Storm Irene, luckily so far for us has brought some needed rain and enough wind to mesmerize me watching our Grasses blow around!  Gosh, I wish everyone could see how beautiful they look today!  We are often asked the question, how do they hold up in the wind, because we are on the shore and we get a lot of wind?  These photos of before & after should answer those questions!
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' blowing in the wind

Karl Foerster after the Gusts of Wind
Blogger is giving me problems this morning uploading photos so I'll have to add more later when it's cooperating!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

AAH! Summertime on P.E.I. Gotta LOVE IT!

Our Favorite Beach looking West

Our Favorite beach looking East
The last ten days or so have been making up for the cooler, wetter Summer we've been having!  It's been 23 C to 27; perfect for berry picking & Beaching!  We went off to our favorite beach last Friday and took along a couple of our extended family for company.  It's about an hour's drive away which makes it seem more like a holiday.  We packed a picnic basket including fresh blueberry lemon muffins & of course fresh wild blueberries since I had been picking with my Friend/Sister the day before!  The water is finally warming up for swimming and we didn't see a jellyfish!  We like to stay away from the touristy beach area which isn't difficult to do for there are hundreds of beaches all around the Island.  Some are rocky but most are sandy. Our favorite is on the South shore facing the Northumberland Strait.  On a clear day you can see Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia on the horizon.  There was a haze in the distance in the morning and I had the kids believing (for a minute) that the Magdalen Island Ferry in the distance was a phantom ship. (The younger one was a tad frightened by that so I had to tell them the difference) darn!
Mount Hope Lookout Tower
We stopped on our way home to climb a Lookout Tower for a view of a large Marsh.  We had just picked the kids each a cattail, which they were calling bullrushes, so we were trying to explain the difference.  They are such little sponges for learning!  Love, Love, having an abundance of young people in our lives!!