In a quiet and eloquent little ceremony performed by Judge Osterud, Susan & Chris were married (again), on a warm and sunny Friday last week in Perrysburg.
The imprint is from an olive tree leaf.
They both swore to “keep” each other. By the time they got around the corner to Stella’s to celebrate, it was already public news at Mills’ Hardware store and downtown.
A brief two day honeymoon in Cincinnati took in the large Museum of Art, with a modern (2000) Kyoto Globular Vase by Kitamura Junko:
Harvey Littleton glass
and an Eva Zeisel tea set.
Overnight was spent in the charming art deco Nederland Plaza
Next day a visit to the highly recommended bug house in the Cinci zoo, where it was warm enough for honey bees to be seen outside upon the November Asters. Beautiful red roses arrived just after they got back home to Perrysburg – to be color matched by a happily lunching Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
The bees were huddling for winter warmth and, on inspection, they unequivocally said (by hurling themselves at the photographer – note the large blurry one near the middle of the photo) that they did not want to be disturbed – so their covers were quickly replaced.
And out back, on the little “Garden Island” in the Maumee River, it seems that two bald eagles are also settling in, hopefully for the winter.
Here is why we need pollinators. We had the best ever raspberry crop this year, thanks to the flower by flower work of the new bees:
To get native pollinators you need native plants. It will be sad to lose daffodil, tulip, lily of the valley, forsythia and perhaps even lilac, in return for wild bergamot, anis hyssop, rattlesnake master, mint, grape vine anemone, bee balm, black eyed susan, milkweed, trillium and wild lupine. The work has barely started and already the garden is a jungle of wild insects.
Here is the most exotic one I hope to lure in. It is an enormous cecropia moth, in full daylight, downtown on a native locust tree. It was larger than the palm of my hand:
And here is what 150 pounds (68 kg) kg of honey from one well fed bee hive in just 4 months, looks like:
Native plants grow best in their own locale, but unfortunately native animals like to eat them too.