A Walk In The Meadow. When The World Is Sad Take A Walk. Look At The Beauty All Around. Wildflowers.

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My Walk In The Meadow.

I love to take a walk in our meadow with my camera or my dogs. I see all kinds of interesting things, wildflowers and bugs. The meadow gets lots of butterflies and birds. Last week I had a deer looking at me just as I started into the meadow. My cat is usually trailing along behind me.

When you take a walk whether it's in a meadow, the woods or by a lake, you forget the world around you and start looking at the world in front of you. There's so much to look at.

It can be so relaxing and I enjoy hearing the bees buzz around. The birds are singing. I would like a small garden shed in the meadow where I can also plant more flowers.

One of the butterflies I have seen in the meadow is the Karner Blue butterfly it's on the endangered list. Their favorite food is wild lupine. I have bought the wild lupine seeds, but no luck with growing them.

We see the Monarch butterflies around. We have so many milkweeds and I know this is the food the monarchs like. I have tried to see their cocoons, but so far I just haven’t had any luck seeing any. I did get a picture of the monarch caterpillar on some of our milkweeds. Milkweed sap can be toxic so be careful if handling it. Don't get it in your eyes. If you do wash it out right away.

We also have raspberries, blackberries and apple trees in the meadow. I make a cobbler with the raspberries. We have also frozen some of the apples.

The deer like to bed down under the apple tree. Why not, eat, sleep and be merry all in one spot.

I was in the meadow one day with my dog. There was a partridge and she had little ones. The dog saw them and he started jumping at them I had to get him out of the meadow so he wouldn't kill the babies. He just wanted to play with them. If you knew this dog, he loves chicks, ducks and cats. I don't think he was going to harm them but by accident he could have stomped on them. They were so little. He was too big to let him keep jumping around.

One time he was in the meadow with me and I walked into the tall weeds, I'm not very tall. I could see the dog jumping straight up on all fours trying to see me over the top of the wildflowers. It was funny I didn't have my camera and would have loved to get a picture.

There's always the worry of running into a bear in the meadow. Like us, they love the meadow. On my bear hub, you can see them walking in the meadow. We also have a wolf coming into the meadow.

I don't know the name of all the weeds or wildflowers, just a few. Here're the pictures maybe some of you know the names. I guess they're more weeds than wildflowers. They sure aren't as pretty as my iris. I still love to look at them.

We now have a turkey in the meadow all by herself. We think she may have her nest there so hoping she does and I will be able to get a picture of her and her chicks.

Just a few feet past our meadow there is a swamp. The swamp also has many animals in it those often come out into the meadow. We have seen ducks, partridge, deer, bears, cougar, wolf, fox and some raccoons. We recently had geese in the meadow with their little ones I have a picture, by the time I ran outside to take the picture the geese were in the field across from our house. The meadow has a swamp behind it so we think the geese were in the swamp and came up through the meadow.

If you can get out to take a walk take your camera and take some pictures.

The meadow has truly saved my life this year. My husband passed away and at least I get some peace when I take that walk.

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Milkweed

Milkweed is popular in the meadow. All the bugs love it. The butterflies really love. If you look at the first picture you will see the bees love it. It is so pretty when it blooms and then in the fall the pods break open and it has pretty fluffy seeds come out. If you break it open you will see the white milky nectar. Predators don't bother the Monarchs because they eat milkweed, it's poisonous to the predators. I wish I could bottle the smell I love the way it smells.

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Thistle

Thistle can grow 8 ft. tall. Many people don't like it and think it's just a weed which ruins their field and it's prickly so it hurts if you touch it. I love it and the butterflies love it. We use to have so much of it and then it died off. It grows back by reseeding itself. We have no idea why it died, but it is now coming back in our meadow. It has a purple flower and it's thorny. I don't touch it.

It is an edible plant. All parts of it can be eaten. It's used in many medications. It's in the daisy family. It isn't a useless wildflower.

Thistle is also the symbol of Scotland.

The butterflies love thistle. When weeding my garden I will find some of it in there. I do pull it out of my garden it has thorns and they hurt when you touch it.

The birds also love the meadow and hide down in the milkweed and thistle.

We have wild raspberries and wild blackberries. We like to pick them and make cobbler. We don't get enough for canning.

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Bear In The Meadow.

The first picture is a wild daisy, the little white flower mixed in with the daisy is star chickweed and yellow pea. Yes, sometimes we do have bears in our meadow. They like to go there as much as we do.

Yellow flowers at the bottom are Blazing Star.

Yellow Salsify is the yellow flower and the big puff ball. My mother-in-law use to hair spray the puff balls so they would keep their shape and put them in arrangements. The puff ball is very beautiful it sparkles like glitter.

False Solomon's Seal the plant with the brownish berries. You don't want to eat these you will be running to the bathroom.

The Yellow-orange Fly Agaric mushroom is poisonous.

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Take a walk in an English countryside.

After you have walked in my gardens and meadow take a little trip to England and walk in an English countryside. Movie Master would love your visit.

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moonlake 8 months ago from America Author

diogenes, Thank you so much for stopping by. The comments are strange never know if they're going up or down with my answer to comments.


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moonlake 8 months ago from America Author

JoanieMRuppel54, Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it .


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tobusiness, Thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub.


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moonlake 8 months ago from America Author

Peggy W , Thank you so much for stopping by. I love the meadow and walk with my little dogs. I may have to give up my home it's too hard for me to take care of such a large piece of land. Funny about your cat.


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diogenes 8 months ago from UK and Mexico

Just shows you: Still making the rounds and deservedly so: a lovely and warming article with super pics.

Bob x

PS Sorry about your loss...I guess I didn't notice that the first time.

Pss I don't know why this comment got jumped....or...is it the latest first now??


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JoanieMRuppel54 8 months ago from Keller, Texas

All your pictures made me think I was in the meadow on a walk. I'm glad it gives you solace. I always feel closer to God when I am one with nature.


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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This is so very precious. I could sit and scroll, looking at those wonderful images all morning, I don't know how I missed this beautiful hub for all of two years. Voting up and sharing. A happy New Year to you.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I enjoyed this just as much as the first time I read it, looked at all of the beautiful photos and I must tell you that Dusty, one of our cats who was on the desk asleep, woke up when he heard the chirping sounds in your video. Ha! Sharing this again and will G+ it and also give it a tweet.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

manatita44, Thank you I wish I could walk in the meadow but to cold and snowing here. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Extremely beautiful, like the moon.

Cool name, eh? Blessings.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, It's very cold looking right now. Thanks so much for coming by.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

So beautiful and peaceful. I always look at the nature around me to help inspire me or cheer me up. There's so much to learn from the beauty that surrounds us.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

RTalloni, Your welcome thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

I love being outdoors, enjoying creation, absorbing the beauty--it can be so balancing. Thanks for sharing your pretty meadow with us and for the useful info on thistle and milkweed.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Shyron E Shenko, Thanks for stopping by. We were like that until lately and now the rain is falling. I'll be sure to send some your way.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you for stopping by Thank your for the pin and share.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Thank you Moonlake for sharing your beautiful photos, and your magical meadow. We have dried flowers here in Texas, this is an unfunny joke as we have not had rain in over a month and a half.

Voted-up UBI and shared.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Getting out in nature and breathing some fresh air can make such a difference in a person's outlook and attitude as well as mood. Beautiful pictures! Pinned this hub to my "Butterflies" board and will share it with my followers.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Pamela Kinnaird W, Yes the turkey did have a mate. They were both in the meadow this year and we figured they had a nest. We could see them head for the woods next to the meadow. We get lots of turkeys in the meadow including in the winter. Our new little dog loves the meadow. Thanks so much for stopping and for the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. We have so much milkweed in our meadow but this year we have only seen about two monarch butterflies. Last year they were everywhere don't know what happened to them this year.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Oh, I loved this reverent little hub -- and all the photos and the video at the beginning. I see that you wrote it 14 months ago. It certainly is ever-green.

I do hope that the turkey found a companion. Are there other turkeys in your meadow?

Voting up, awesome, beautiful and sharing.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is such a good message to step back and enjoy Mother Nature. No matter how our days are going, she is there to offer solace. Giving it another share and tweet as well.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Barbara Kay, Thank you for stopping by. We now have a turkey in the meadow we think she may have her nest there.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

You have so many photos that it is almost like taking a tour. Thanks.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

FlourishAnyway, Thank you so glad you like the photos thanks for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you it is so nice to walk in the meadow and we are glad we have it. Thanks so much for stopping by and for shared and pinned.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

What an idyllic scene. Must be a wonderful place to walk. Your photos are beautiful.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

You are lucky to have such a beautiful meadow. It is ineed a pleasure to be walking amongst so much natural beauty.

Voted up and beautiful. Shared and pinned.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Don, Thanks for stopping by I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

KenWu, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreicate it.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Lady Guinevere, We're going to have to get rid of this snow before we can take a walk in our meadow. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks for the vote and share.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Good Hub, Moonlake.

I really enjoyed the Pics.

DON


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

It's very lovely. It reminds me the beauty of the nature. Sometimes (or perhaps most of the time) we should get away from our work and appreciate the mother nature. That is where everything begins!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Very comforting and I love all the flowers that you have there in your meadow. I live in the woods and when it get more Spring-like I will be taking pictures too. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

You have some gorgeous photos, moonlake! You're are correct in that getting out into the fresh air and wide open spaces is usually very helpful when a person is feeling a little down. The exercise of walking is good too. This is a beautiful hub and I'm voting it up, BAUI, and will share!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Fossillady, Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked the walk.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh, what a joy to take a garden meadow walk and be one with nature. Loved the video, it set the tone right from the beginning! Thanks for sharing!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the vote.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Lovely video and enjoyed the sights and sounds. The pictures are beautiful and enjoyed reading it as well.

Voted up and awesome.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, I remember when we bought our first house. There were fields all around it and I went in the field to pick a wild bouquet. I thought it was so pretty and I put it in the center of our table. The neighbor came over and ask what I was doing with all those awful weeds in my house. I was kind of hurt but I never stopped putting wild flowers in my bouquets. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I loved hearing the birds in your video. Your photos and descriptions almost made me feel as if I was alongside you on your walk into the meadow. How nice that you live surrounded by so much beauty! When I was a child in Wisconsin, we were surrounded by fields and woods and had similar weeds and flowers. I used to pick many wild bouquets for my mother and my grandmother. We also made dried weed arrangements and the milkweeds were always a nice ingredient. Thanks for this wonderful hub. Up votes and sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you so much for stopping by. When I walk in the meadow now I can see fall is starting. Leaves are turning on all the plants. Thank you for the vote.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Great hub! Gorgeous photos. Especially liked the butterflies and the monarch caterpillar. Up and beautiful!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Olde Cashmere, Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the vote. I appreciate it.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Enjoyed going through the meadow with you. You wrote beautifully and the pictures were excellent, very well done moonlake. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Alastar Packer, Thanks for stopping by glad you liked it. I was out yesterday trying to get a good picture of a monarch butterfly. He let me almost but the camera right on his nose, but I had the wrong camera and the pictures didn't turn out. Maybe tomorrow.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a cool serendipity moonlake. About 15 minutes ago i was thinking how nice it would be to take the camera out walking in the meadows and woods behind the house and take some pics of all the flora and fauna. The Karner Blue butterfly sounds a real treat to spot- didn't know of them till now. Some pretty photos you have here, how very nice to have nature like that around you.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

sgbrown, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. You have a great day.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! I too love to walk in the meadow and take pictures of the flowers,(weeds or not), and the butterflies. You pictures are wonderful and I really enjoyed reading your hub. Voted this up and awesome. Have a beautiful day! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

misshill, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. A appreciate it.


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misshill 4 years ago from United States

Some of the plants you mention i am familiar with. Interesting article enjoyed reading it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hi Gus, my camera not fancy just a Kodak the kids got me. The sap is sticky enough to make rubber I think. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Hi moonlake - Super pix. You have a good eye and a fine camera for certain. It has been a while since I last saw milkweed pods. During WW2 folks cultivated the milkweeds with the idea of using the sap to make alternate rubber. I don't recall if that worked out well or not.

Gus :-)))


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

katyzzz, Thank you, so glad you liked it. It's fun to walk in the meadow. I walked through yesterday but we have not had good weather to do much of it this year. Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Love the pictures and the butterflies, moonlake, what a delightful name, and what a wonderful place to walk, it made me feel good just thinking about it. Well done.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Genna East, Thank you, I'm so glad you liked the walk in the meadow. It's always a fun place to go. If I go further I can take a walk to the swamp and little further a walk in the woods.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a splendid comment. I really appreciate it.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

How lucky you are to have such a beautiful meadow. Your words, combined with these exquisite photos, take us by the hand, the mind and the senses to this wonderful place. I can feel the warmth of the sun, see the myriad of colors and breathe in the scents that abound. There is soooo much life here. Splendid hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hyphenbird, Thank you, for coming on my tour with me. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. You can bet I will be back in that meadow this year getting more pictures.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your meadow is like a fairy book place. I can just see you strolling there and taking these great photographs. Thank you for sharing this beauty with all of us. I loved the virtual tour.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Mary, thanks for stopping by they are pretty in bloom. The one in the picture is small, we use to get big flowers thistle but like I said they died out and than this small patch has came back.

Thanks so much for stopping by, glad you liked the hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I've never seen a thistle in bloom. I see beautfy in some weeds. I loved looking at your photos. Great Hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Derdriu, So that's what their called they are so pretty. Thanks so much for stopping by glad you enjoyed it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Cardisa, that Bob's a card isn't he.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thanks Bob you got me too. I was thinking isn’t Halle Berry unsafe to eat.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Moonlake, The walk through your meadow is comfortable, pleasant, and soothing. In particular, I like your photos of potentilla and of purple top.

Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Thanks Moonlake!

Thanks Diogenes! You almost got me....ha ha ....Halle Berry? lol I was just about to look up what Halle Berries were lol


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Cardisa: Halle Berry?

Bob


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Sorry Cardisa, I don't know. Here we have raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

That would be a good hub for you. " Berries That Grow In Jamaica." Find out what zone you live in than maybe you can figure out what berries grow there.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I need to grow some berries in my garden, do you know which berries like tropical weather like Jamaica?


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Cardisa, Raspberries here can be like weeds. They get in my flowers and I have to pull them out. We don't mind them in the meadow they don't bother anything down there. We get very cool weather here. When I go to pick them I eat more than I pick. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Your meadow is very beautiful Moonlake. I assume you have wonderful cool temperatures because raspberries don't like too much sun. Here we can only grow raspberries at the higher elevations, they wont grown on the flat because it's too warm.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Dexter, Thank you, so glad you stopped by. It is a beautiful place to take a walk. If we ever get warm weather I go down there again.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Moonlake! Your meadow is absolutely beautiful as are your photos. Thanks for sharing the wonders of your meadow!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thank you Bob, I don't want to run into that kind of fun. It's bad enough they hang around the house. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Lovely pics and story. "A bear in the meadow" That'd be fun!

Bob


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Sherry Hewins, I'm kind of a weed freak. I love the looks of them. I like to make bouquets out of them or add them to my flowers from the garden in a bouquet.

Thank you, you for stopping by I appreciate it.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I have so many similar plants in my yard. It looks like you've been having fun with your camera. Beautiful, thanks for sharing your photos with us.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Joyce, I don't get very many of the pink ones in the meadow but there are always a few. I think their wild unless it could be seed that has blown in from somewhere else. They aren't in my flower garden.

Thanks, so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I have the pink second photo from the bottom, if I can think of the name I'll let you know.

Great hub and I loved to see the thistle looking so grand.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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