On the Street Where We Live . . . . . 8/27/15

Today – for the first time since we arrived almost two weeks ago – I took my camera out with me and shot pictures. I just walked from our condo down to Doud’s corner, but I think you’ll be able to see what I’ve meant in the first couple of blogs about the beauty of this year’s flowers!

Looking from Marquette Park up Main Street toward the Marina . . .

Looking from Marquette Park up Main Street toward the Marina . . .

. . . and then back toward Doud's corner.

. . . and then back toward Doud’s corner.  The hanging baskets this year drape almost to the sidewalk.  Incredible!

The big cottage here is Brigadoon, but you're also seeing the corner of Anne's Cottage.

The big cottage here with the gorgeous stone chimney is Brigadoon, but you’re also seeing the corner of Anne’s Cottage, with its elegant iron fence.

Brigadoon through the flowers.

Brigadoon through the flowers.

The majestic Island House . . .

The majestic Island House and its gardens.

A few close ups . . .

A few close ups . . .

. . . you know I don't know the names . . .

. . . you know I don’t know the names . . .

. . . but I wish I did!

. . . but I wish I did!

Hanging baskets from every balcony!

Hanging baskets from every balcony – plus some flower boxes.

The Inn on Mackinac.

The Inn on Mackinac.

Love these flowers along the fence . . .

Love these flowers against the white picket fence and the white house . . .

. . . and looking past them to the harbor.

. . . and looking past them to the harbor.  Two ladies were standing with me taking a photograph of the same scene, and one said to the other, “Can you just imagine being able to look at this every day from your backyard?  That’s what I call living the good life!”  Amen to that, ladies.  Being here to experience it for even a few hours is pretty special too!

Looking down the street toward our home for the next few weeks , , ,

Looking down the street toward our home for the next few weeks , , ,

. . . and here's where we are. Sure have been enjoying our morning coffee out on that deck!

. . . and here’s where we are. Sure have been enjoying our morning coffee out on that deck!

I know I promised more than I’ve been giving in the way of blogs since we’ve been here, but we’ve had a series of “happenings” that has kept us hopping since our arrival, and my writing and photography has had to take a backseat.  I think we’re about to settle into some normalcy now . . .  at least I sure hope so!

There is so much happening this weekend and on into next week, and if the weather cooperates it’s going to be a blogger’s paradise  – the Festival of the Horse is Friday and Saturday, and the Grand Garden Show begins on Sunday.  So stay tuned and come along for all the fun!

21 thoughts on “On the Street Where We Live . . . . . 8/27/15

  1. Bree, I think I may have passed you going down the sidewalk the other day! I was with my family, and my parents are here with us too, and I wasn’t sure until we already passed each other. I was caught off guard and just looked up and said, “Oh my! I think that may have been Bree!” LOL! The flowers ARE simply gorgeous. I put together a collage of them all on my Facebook this week. My mom has been naming them all off, but I can never remember them. We have been here all week and are heading home tomorrow. Hope you have a marvelous extended stay! 🙂

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  2. We take what you give us and you give us the wonderful feel of Mackinac Island. The flowers get more beautiful each season and can’t wait till we’re up there next week to enjoy them in person! Hope we run into you and we’ll be sure to say “hey”!

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  3. I have never been to the Northeast, so I can’t thank you enough for all the pictures! I am very visual!! I love them, so don’t stop that part! I also have enjoyed you unfortunate and unexpectedly interrupted blog production. I look forward to learning more about Mackinac Island in the coming weeks! Thank you for this treat !!

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  4. Well dear friend your wishes for background on many of your beauties above are as follows..

    The gorgeous baskets are filled with variations of sweet potato vines, petunias, lantana, and angel wing begonias, Jack and company are responsible for there beautiful composition. They are watered every day.
    The Brigadoon is planted in glorious finery of heliotrope, cleome, cardinal flowers, decorative grasses of many varieties, zinnias, fuchsia, geraniums and so many more…. When we dropped Amelia off late in May they had about 5 pallets of flowers setting ready to be planted!
    The Island House is sporting large white mop- headed hydrangeas along with black – eyed- Susan’s, coral bells, golden pointella, sedum, begonias, petunias,and many colorful zinnias.
    The 7 & 8 photos are envious varieties of Dahlias named by color and size! The Grand had lavender, the size of dinner platters when we we’re there a few weeks ago… Worth a ride up to see if they are still blooming!! These must be lifted from the ground every fall as they are very tender tubers.
    The Inn on Mackinac …. The lovely sea of red may be coral bells or salvia?? Sorry, but it sure is pretty 🙂
    The rustic fence that looks on to the harbor is happily covered with draping large yellow coreopsis and fluffy pink phlox, cornered with very, very old orange tiger lilies. We have them down state, they are perennial off my great-great grandma’s farm!
    Under your deck I believe are beautiful tuberous begonias, very happy in protected, shaded areas.
    So many of these lovely flowers, plants, and bushes. Are perennial, biennial, or herbaceous, and have been on the island for a very long time..

    I hope this helps… Please enjoy the time remaining.
    Enjoy the plant walks for me 🙂

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  5. Have you gained a new perspective for the island this year? I mean, staying first on the island up at Stonecliff and now down the end of the street near Mission Point? Oh! And your big night up at the Grand! I like to day dream of spending a summer wiling away on one of those porches on the Bluffs. 🙂 Thank you for the photos.

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  6. Brenda,

    I think we’ll all admit that Mackinac Island is far more beautiful than Florida, or anywhere, especially at this time of year. You have proven that in this blog and I’m sure we all thank you. I don’t know how you do it. I wish I had just a little of your talent.

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  7. Sure gonna hate leaving today, but we have had a wonderful time. Thank you for being part of it my sweet friend. I totally agree with you on the flowers, they are extraordinary this year. Enjoy the rest of your time on the island and will look forward to your blogs as always. Love you!

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  8. Wow! Those flowers are something else! Thank you Theresa for your lesson on the names of the flowers. I , too, was wondering. Thought some of those were dahlias. Gives me ideas for next spring. Although, I don’t have people to take care of them – sooooooooooo, I guess it will have to be me! Can’t wait to get up to the island in late September – last year the flowers were still beautiful. Hope they are this year too. Thank you Bree for your wonderful tour!!!

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  9. I hope you are all well! Thanks very much for these beautiful shots! I wish I could climb through your photos and get to that lovely island!!

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  10. Your pictures are awesome! I am trying to decide which one I want to use as my computer background. So many options!

    Tony and I are hoping that your Bear is feeling better. Poor guy! We are coming to the island September 23rd. I hope that I bump into you before you leave.

    Hugs from Iowa!

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  11. Hey, Brenda! Just passed this post on to my sister-in-law. She and her cousin just returned from a trip to Mackinac Island. I keep telling her about your wonderful stories and pictures.

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