Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Autumn Walk in Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Beautiful photo by Zohair Mohsen

Look who we spotted doing a little fishing in the pond across from the visitor center

One of the best places to enjoy fall colors around Ann Arbor, is Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  A couple of weeks ago, we did a walk on a Thursday morning, and we had the paths to ourselves.  The colors were just starting, but in the last couple of days, it seems that the maple trees have exploded in color!

We used the Map My Walk app to track our progress, and we did a big loop and a little loop that equalled 2.57 miles in a little over an hour.  I get slowed down a bit when I have to skid to a stop every few minutes and take a picture!  

Be sure to also visit the display gardens, right next to the visitor's center.  

Display garden

Drying his wings in the sun

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Produce Station

 Usually this time of year, I shy away from places selling plants, because they start looking so sad.  The Produce Station, however, seems to look beautiful during spring, summer and fall.

They also have a fantastic selection of hens and chicks, and sedum.

I have a rock garden that I am trying to fill in, but I also love keeping sedum in the house during the winter, because they don't seem to suffer with the lack of humidity, like most indoor plants do in the winter.

The inside of the store has been updated since my last visit, and it is very attractive.  There is an interesting variety of prepared food, a lovely salad and soup bar-- as well as groceries to "build it yourself".

I have also enjoyed the selection of wine that The Produce Station offers-- and this time, I was delighted to find the full selection of Tandem Cider, from northern Michigan.

Check it out!  And remember to buy local.