Monthly Archives September 2012

Ladder Planter

Categories: Craf-tea, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

For a few years I’ve used an old wooden stepladder as a planter in the garden.  It has gone through many changes and locations.  This year it actually started out by the trellis garden and I had some hyacinth bean vines growing up one side.  But now that it is time to start cleaning up the garden I moved the ladder planter up to a spot on the deck. I also call this the tea thyme ladder as when I had it in the garden I had a large clump of thyme growing underneath it and all the plants are
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Red Shafted Flicker

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

On our trip to British Columbia, Canada in November 2011 we were fascinated to see many different species of birds.Here are some photos of the red shafted flicker that frequently visited our daughter’s garden.We first spotted the flicker sitting on a fence post at the back of the garden.  Just look at all those spots on its belly.  He looked very much like the flickers we have here in Ontario, but a bit of searching in the bird books told me that the red shafted ones live in Western Canada and the yellow shafted flickers are the ones we see
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Black Oystercatcher

Categories: Birds and British Columbia.

One of the many things we did while on vacation in BC was look for new lens friends.  And we weren’t disappointed. One of the first things we noticed was that long orange beak, something we hadn’t seen on a bird before.  We were visiting Wiffin Spit, by Sooke, British Columbia, Canada when we spotted the black oystercatcher.
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Scarf Storage

Categories: Coat Hanger Crafts and Organization.

Do you love to accessorize with chiffon scarves – But have a difficult time storing them? I’ve got a storage solution for those slippery scarves. I had tried folding them and putting them in a drawer, but then you tend to forget about them, and when you take out one you tend to mess up the others. I tried just hanging the scarves over the coathanger. But even though they are very light they still tended to slip to one side or the other. While chatting with a friend she mentioned her mom had added loops to a coathanger to
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Golden Goblin

Categories: Plants.

I’ve had blanket flower or gaillardia in my garden in previous years but this year I added the Golden Goblin, a lovely yellow blanket flower.  Despite the very hot, humid and dry season they have done very well. I love the greens as the buds start to form.  Perfect for sharing with Green Day. Mine were all yellow and didn’t have the reddish center as shown on the plant tag.  Which was just fine by me as I love yellow flowers. Even as the blooms finish they are still beautiful.  This plant has been blooming for a few weeks now and
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Swans

Categories: Down by the Bay.

It has been so much fun to watch the family of swans this year.  They are great lens friends. There is an old saying about getting all your ducks in a row, well just look how the swans go for their daily swim.   They are all in a row, well almost except for that first one behind the parent.  This photo was taken during July of this year. And at the beginning of September here they are once again, all in a row heading for their favourite little inlet and island to preen on. After the swans have their morning
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