Saturday, June 18, 2016

Showy Lady Slipper....A Garden of Pink and a Strawberry Moon

June is Lady Slipper season in the "north country". These rare beauties are fragile plants and grow with a certain type of fungus in the soil that is needed to germinate. We were lucky enough to be taken to the area where they grow 20 years ago on Father's Day. Every Father's Day weekend for the last 20 years, we have enjoyed these special orchids and it's a tradition that Joe enjoys as much as I do. The Showy Lady slipper (Cypripedium reginae) is the Minnesota state flower. In addition to the lady slippers, there are also other bog plants like the white and pink ones in the third photo above. 


The peonies bloomed this week, and the garden is starting to have color. The pollen  subsided and we were able to put the awning up.  

This weekend we can enjoy the strawberry moon and summer solstice. 
The June moon was known as the Strawberry Moon to early Native American tribes, who measured time by things like the moon. The full moon marked the season of strawberries as it still does. 

Enjoy the weekend!
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

THello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

10 comments:

  1. I see we love the same baskets!! My fave every year!

    Pretty in pinks your others:)Love the MC awning:)

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  2. Those Lady Slippers are such beauties, aren't they? I don't think I've ever seen one before, Debbie. i love your striped awning and the hanging basket adds even more beauty. Thanks for the information on the Strawberry Moon, which is another new one to me. Happy weekend to you and Joe!

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  3. Beautiful photos, Debbie. I remember as a child finding an area near my cousin's house, out in the country, that literally had hundreds of yellow lady slippers. We took our mothers to see them, they couldn't believe how many there were. They wouldn't let us pick any, either! They explained they were rare, just there to look at. I have often wondered if they are still there or has someone built in the area.

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  4. Your trip to see the lady slippers sounds like a fun spring tradition! Enjoy the beautiful weather:@)

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  5. Loved your post, Debbie. I never grow tired of seeing others' regional timing and blooms. Lady slippers is a native wildflower in the highland bog areas of WV, too. I read some cool trivia yesterday that on this summer solstice, we have a particularly unusual moon - the honeymoon - a full moon on the summer solstice. It is the first time since 1948 where, on the 20th, we also have the full moon, and since the sun would be at its highest, the moon will be at its lowest. Because it is typically humid air through which it shines, it is supposed to be amber, or honey in color. Strawberry or honey - both sound sweet to me!

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  6. Debbie, this is a beautiful post. The Lady Slippers are exquisite. I've never seen them before. Probably too delicate a lady to show us in the Texas heat and humidity. I didn't know about the strawberry moon nor the honey moon that Rita writes about. I always learn so much from each of you. Have a beautiful day with Joe and the new daddy in the family. '-)

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  7. We saw the full moon driving home from our daughter's house last night. It was gorgeous and so are those lady slippers and your beautiful garden, Debbie!

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  8. Deb, your lady slippers are stunning! I have never seen these and didn't even know about them. I think the name fits! We plan to enjoy Strawberry Moon, it won't happen again in our lifetime (I hope I remember that correctly) and we have perfect weather……..Happy Summer.

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  9. Hi Deb, We enjoyed the moon this week too and it did seem to have a pink tint like a strawberry! When I was little my mother would show us the lady slippers and taught us not to pick them. I never knew about the fungus in the soil! I remember wondering why it had such a name, but I do think it is such a special and beautiful wildflower. Hope your son enjoyed his first Father's Day as a father! Linda

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  10. Lovely photos, Deb. We had lady slippers growing on a hill at our summer cottage in Maine…they were so pretty.

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