Monthly Archives April 2013

Poppin’ Poppies

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

P is for Poppies. The seedlings pop through the ground in April.  They are little hairy leaves that grow quite quickly. Those green fuzzy heads start popping up in early May.  They are quite fascinating to watch as they slowly split open to reveal the orange/red blooms.  At first the petals are tightly closed together and then they gradually open to reveal a gorgeous bloom. There is a spot on the hill that we let them grow and grow.  This variety of poppy can be very invasive as they spread rapidly by underground roots but they are still a favourite.
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A Glimpse into the Garden

Categories: The Garden 2013.

Here is a quick glimpse of what has been happening in the garden this past week. Monday April 22 – was a nice day and some work was done outside … raking, removing old leaves, getting the pots outside for the veggie pot garden, and sweeping the driveway and wanna be sidewalk (it’s really a paved shoulder of the road, but as close to a sidewalk as we are going to get) for when the street sweeper comes around. I potted up some pansies that were purchased on Sunday.  It’s lovely to look out the kitchen door and see some
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White Throated Sparrows

Categories: Birds.

The white throated sparrow is another species of sparrows that can be overlooked.  This little guy is not to be confused with the white crowned sparrow.  The black and white head stripes are similar, except the white throated has little yellow patches close to the beak and it also has a little white throat. This is a medium sized sparrow about 16 to 18 cm. long.  Colouring on the back, wings and tail is typical for sparrows. They breed throughout Canada but head south for the winter months. These little birds are sometimes call the Canada bird as their song
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O for Obedient Plant

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

O for Obedience plant … a perennial plant that isn’t always obedient in the garden as it can become quite invasive. Or is it O for obedient plant … that shows no obedience when growing in the garden. Obedience/obedient plant or physostegia grows well in most types of soil and likes full sun to a bit of shade.  Newer varieties are being developed that aren’t so invasive.  I have white and pink plants in the garden and tend to plant them at the edge of the garden where the mower cuts down the shoots that spread into the grass. The common
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White Crowned Sparrows

Categories: Birds.

Have you looked closely at the sparrows?  There are many different varieties that visit our gardens and many times we tend to just refer to them as sparrows instead of their actual name.  One of the most distinctive sparrows that is easily identified is the white crowned sparrow. The head has black and white stripes on it.  They are ground feeders but also visit our flat feeder and seed feeder. These sparrows pass through our garden in fairly large groups at the beginning of spring and towards the middle of fall probably on their way to and from their breeding
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Cheerful Robins

Categories: Birds.

The robins are extremely busy hopping around the garden looking for worms and grubs and making their nests.  Robins are migratory birds that belong to the thrush family. The American robin (above) is named after the European robin, however they aren’t related.  Their colouring is similar and that is all.  The bird is about 28 cm long and has a black head and tail with grayish wings.  They eat fruits and insects and can frequently be seen eating the sumac plumes. The cheerful robins sit in the trees and sing their morning song, very often they are the first birds
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V is for Venidium

Categories: Seeds.

Venidium is a wonderful annual that was native to South America. I was introduced to these annual flowers a few years ago in a seed swap and was amazed by the colouring and the formation of the blooms.To see them is to love them and to want them in your garden. Plant the tiny seeds in full sun, either in large containers or along the borders of your garden. You won’t be disappointed.  You can give the seeds a head start and plant them indoors about 6 weeks before your last frost date.  They take from 14+ days to germinate.
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A Narcissus By Any Other Name …

Categories: Plants.

… is a daffodil  or a jonquil but the genus name is Narcissus. So it is N for narcissus for ABC Wednesday. These lovely spring blooming bulbs come in a variety of sizes and colours. Bulbs should be planted in the Fall before the frost sets in. Choose a sunny location with well drained soil.  These daffodils are Double Ice King, originally planted in 2009. After blooming, leave the foilage and just snip away the spent flower, which allows nutrients to return to the bulb for the following year.  These daffodils are Sempre Avanti, originally planted in 2004. These daffodils
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Simply a Tulip

Categories: Through My Lens.

Simplicity … a tulip in bloom from last spring. I’m joining in a new photo link party at A Personal Photo Challenge.  The theme is Simplicity … no clutter.  I used a portrait  setting for this photo and the background is blurred.  I wanted the focus to be on the tulip and not the background. Canon EOS Rebel T1i  … lens 18×55 … zoomed in for clear focus … shutter speed 1/250 … aperture value 5.6 … IOS speed 100 … flash off  … taken April 28, 2012 Image was cropped slightly and resized from 4165×2797 to 800×537 (pixels).  I
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