Things I see only on the Cape

All it took was one walk with my dear wife Karen and Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle to realize that there are things in Cape Cod I don’t get to see in Syracuse.

Karen says there’s an azalea and rhododendron among these, and that we have them right in the front garden of the Little Bitty. I say we have nothing that looks like these babies. And if anybody knows what’s up with that tree/bush, please do tell.

Then we took a drive to stock up on some groceries.

Click in a gallery photo for a description. Click and hold on the bottom photo for an enlarged slide show.

I surely know we have no Shaw’s in Syracuse.

And I’m certain now we don’t have to eat every meal here out. I like the sweet cottage, I do.

And thank you to Good Neighbor Tim and Wonderful Wife Lorraine for keeping an eagle on the Little Bitty while we’re in Cape Cod.

Can you describe these flowers for me? What blooms only in your area? What’s your go-to supermarket?

64 thoughts on “Things I see only on the Cape

  1. The bright pinkish/red is an azalea bush, the purple is a rhododendron and the large one with the hanging purple looks like lilac. It’s lilac if it gives off a wonderful scent.(well at least I think it’s a wonderful scent!)

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  2. Oh wow, Mark, this is gorgeous!! It takes a lot of WORK to get a garden to grow like this. I’ve been going like a steam roller and soon I will be taking pics like this one. Maybe you and your dear wife Karen can get ideas from me? I also will be posting soon about my Peonies and what hubby and I do to keep them standing up. Don’t miss that one, cuz!!! Good morning and good Sunday to you!!! Love, cuz from the west ❀


    • Thanks, Amy Rose. We do give our plants a lot of love and care. πŸ™‚ I think our azalea is in a bad spot, and the rhodo is only two years old. We shall see, and I will read all of your helpful hints, of course! Karen thinks she may transplant the azalea. πŸ™‚

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  3. Ahh…you are making me miss my home state! Shaw’s was a great place to shop. I am a fan of Publix supermarket here in Georgia. Thanks for the great photos and memories Mark!


  4. I’m actually amazed how many names of flowers I do not know Mark, so I’m afraid I won’t be of any help. So glad you’re still enjoying yourself at Cap Cod. ❀
    Diana xo


  5. Daily Musings is right about what the plants are. You can grow all these things in Syracuse. Yours might be babies now, but they’ll grow. Azaleas (the red) both love and hate humidity. They’re finicky about where they’ll thrive. They need good air circulation so they don’t get moldy and sick, but they love the humidity in the air, which is why they’re found more in coastal areas. They’ll grow well over your head and wider than a smart car in the right place. They make wonderful foliage, so even when they’re not in bloom, they’re lovely. They come in a ton of colors, but I do like the red you’ve captured here. I don’t have azaleas at this house.
    Rhododendron (the purple) is much the same. They’ll thrive in humidity, too, but they don’t flower all summer. Mine have already bloomed and fallen. They last longer than peonies, but not by much. They do alright in shade or sun if they get enough water. They make great use of space and will grow into whatever space you allow them, make an interesting woody shrub-like texture all year.
    The purple bush by the lamp post is a lilac. They can be bushes or trees, very fragrant. One of my favorite smells. Mine is a one-time blooming tree, but there are many variations, so you can get repeated blooms, or dwarf varieties, or ones that are easier to groom into trees.
    The other bush, with the hanging purple/blue flowers is wisteria. Wisteria is also finicky, but when it begins to thrive, it takes over. Much like clematis, once it’s happy, it just goes and goes and doesn’t require much maintenance. People often baby it to get it to grow it up a trellis or over a pergola. You’ll get more blooms and they’ll last longer if you don’t have high winds.
    And that concludes today’s gardening lesson πŸ™‚
    Glad to see you’re enjoying your vacation!


    • This is a wonderful lesson, Joey. I’m convinced our little rhodo will be onto great things in our hourglass garden. This is just it’s third year. I thing it’s a smaller variety; I know its a purple flowered genus.

      Our azalea I now think is in an area too cloistered, next to the house and the front steps. From what you described, it doesn’t get enough air circulation there. I think it needs to be moved to an open spot.

      So that’s wisteria. Now I know. Thank you so very, very much my friend. Yes, a great time was had today, a sunny and warm Sunday. πŸ™‚

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  6. I see azaleas, rhododendron, wisteria. We presently have Angel Trumpet blooming, Trumpet Vine, Oleanders, roses and plumbago, along with Day Lillies. Beautiful photos!!! Looks so nice up there. As far as the grocery stores we go to Target and Whole Foods, and in a pinch Savemart (which is really a misnomer because there is nothing cheap in there). Cape Cod is still pretty chilly isn’t it?


  7. Beautiful blooms. Everything seems to be taking it’s time blossoming here, though everywhere is beginning to look very, very green. A big pleasure in visiting somewhere else is to try out the unfamiliar local stores, especially as every high street in the UK seems to resemble every other town’s high street. One of the plaes I look forward to visiting when I head up to Cumbria is Booth’s – – who offer something different from what I can get round here. But they are spreading southward and I will soon be able to call in on the way back from Martin Mere. Not sure if that is a good thing or not?


  8. Nice post! Try as I might I am not able to grow azaleas, neither in Sydney or jhb. Include frangipanis, agapanthus and lemon trees to the list. No gardener am I, even though I would love to be! I love the smell of jasmine in springtime!


  9. I’m sad to say that the only choice for shopping we have right now is a horrible Walmart. Even that is 25 mins. away from us. On a positive note we will know in a weeks time if we get to move out of here(Northern crappy Alberta) and back to British Columbia. Fingers crossed!


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  11. New places are neat to explore aren’t they Mark? I always like to find the nearest coffee shop first as well. I know of Shaw’s, they’re big in New England and I always found them neat and clean with a good selection. That said, I do know that retail supermarkets have a wide range of store styles , size and sku’s (stock keeping units). They put the big ones where the money is. My point is that there is a lot of money in the Cape, so the store you saw there likely wasn’t typical – it would be more upscale. I worked delivering bread when I was young and spent a lot time in supermarkets all over in various communities in eastern Canada – I love the smell and all the goods from all over the world all neatly lined up on shelves. The stories those cans and boxes and bottles could tell if they could talk. The people it took put them there within our hands’ reach. I bet if you added up every person that touched those products or the equipment that harvested/produced/mixed, packaged, transported , shelved and sold them – it would total millions or hundreds of millions of souls. And all their efforts were concentrated on giving us the choice all in one place. It is a Byzantine and amazing system.

    Anyway, I ramble. I hope you, Karen and Ellie are having a great time. Have a lobster for me. Ha!


    • It is good business in some ways to put your best foot forward where the big money is to be made, Paul. Agreed. The flip side is that it is also good business to keep consistency throughout your whole chain of stores, for every consumer. Sigh. I think this duality of thought is why I’m one buyer and not somebody making the cash from all the buyers.

      I like imagining how the products must be harvested, packaged and hauled to all of those chains, indeed. And still sold at a reasonable enough price to be afforded. Amazing, it is, my friend.

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  12. Azealas rhododendrons and perhaps a lilac! We have these at the LakeHouse in Pa. May post a picture of a few as well! Have fun with your Dear Wife Karen!


  13. I see all kinds of things when I’m on vacation that I don’t notice at home…… πŸ˜€

    But even if I saw them, you know I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they were! But I do love the looks of them MBM. πŸ™‚


  14. Gorgeous azaleas and rhodedendrons. I can’t grow them – our soil has too high of a pH. What I have growing now? Cosmos, snapdragons, petunias, roses, vinca, marigolds, liliies, coneflowers, clematis…um, I guess I should share what’s NOT blooming.
    Gotta dig a guy who appreciates blooms πŸ™‚


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