Reunions and reclaiming

New Hampshire bound this week-end for a college reunion.

Dartmouth College

As Daniel Webster once said, “It is a small college but there are those who love it.”  Dear husband is one of “those.”  We walked the campus, watching the families of the Seniors about to graduate; so many smiling faces and proud relatives.  Toured the mens’ old haunts, some have not changed.Baker Library

The four years of study shaped a great group of men.  Many went on to serve in the military and a high percentage went into medicine that year it seemed.  So many have counted success both professionally and personally.

We were not gone long for the reunion, but it seemed that while we were reuniting! the wildlife around our property was RECLAIMING.  Who am I kidding, they never gave up their territory, but it was easier for them to pillage in a free manner while we were gone.  My one” friend” who lives in the stone wall, seems to have been joined by at least four others, and they hang out together now!

garter snakes

Can anyone tell me who these characters are who have made a home in the wood pile from the trees that fell down in the hurricane?  They are very amusing peeping out from their fortress.

I also found that the water critters have begun to build a new underwater palace.  These guys are so darned cute, but I am sure they are making a mess of the pond banks.

Who are you?  Readers, is there a naturalist among you?  Can you help me out with the names, so I know what I am dealing with and living among?

The robins, the mockingbirds, the red wing blackbirds and the nuthatches are all busy feeding young, or thinking of starting second broods, so we did come back to a cacophony on Weed Street.  nature will reclaim if you stay away long enough!

New plants are blooming and it was good to come back from the trip down memory lane where nostalgia ruled to find the garden awaiting.

Daylily, ‘Happy Returns’

Rosa Innocencia

I worried so about the hydrangea after the hot weather and then frost in early Spring, thinking that there would be no bloom.  Not to worry! the hydrangea are looking great!


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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4 Responses to Reunions and reclaiming

  1. Pondside says:

    Still waiting for the hydrangea to bloom here – lots and lots of buds on the climbing hydrangea, but the others are slow.
    A reunion – what a lovely thing to do – have fun!


  2. Holleygarden says:

    Dartmouth looks like a beautiful college, and how nice to go to a reunion. Your flowers are lovely, too. I’m not much of a naturalist, but are your critter characters beavers? You should be able to tell by their tail. Funny how fast nature takes over when we’re not around!


  3. jody says:

    you have a muskrat – he’s really cute and you’ll find his den near the cattails. Don’t tell mom about the reptiles UNLESS ….


  4. Jayne says:

    Jody and dear friend Bill from upstate New York agree, we have muskrat! And thanks to Bill, the refrain in my head, “would a wood chuck chuck wood if a wood chuck could chuck wood….” Thank you! Now I know what I am dealing with, and I havent found a product yet that appears to keep wood chuck away! Oh dear….


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