V is for Venidium

V is for Venidium

Venidium is a wonderful annual that was native to South America.
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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.
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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.  This will give you the earliest blooms outside.

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I plant the seeds towards the end of May when all danger of frost has passed. The plants bloom about August.  The photo above is what the seedling looks like, which easily transplants, looks like.  I have yet to come across seedlings in nurseries or garden centers but have purchased packets of seed by McKenzie in the garden section of stores like Canadian Tire and Lowes.  You could also search online to find a source that sells them.

Alternate the orange prince and zulu prince for striking colour combinations.  This is a must-have annual plant for the garden.
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The orange prince venidium is a striking shade of orange
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The white flowers, Zulu Prince, have an exotic inner ring and they can be 2 to 12 cm. in size.

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A Narcissus By Any Other Name …

A Narcissus By Any Other Name …

… 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.

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Bulbs should be planted in the Fall before the frost sets in.

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Choose a sunny location with well drained soil.  These daffodils are Double Ice King, originally planted in 2009.

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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.

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These daffodils are Double Cheerfulness, originally planted in 2009.

Enjoy their blooms in the spring.  These photos are all from 2012 where spring was ahead of itself.  This year, 2013, spring is behind itself.  The daffs are just a few cm. out of the ground.  We need some sun and warmth to get them growing.

It’s time for ABC Wednesday where the letter this week is N.

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Simply a Tulip

Simply a Tulip

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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 take images at maximum size to get the best detail, especially if I want to print them.  The resizing is done for easier posting.

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Stop by and see what others are challenging themselves to photograph.  I’m hoping this challenge will get me to use different settings on my cameras.

The Common Redpoll

The Common Redpoll

The common redpoll visits the feeders quite frequently.  Redpolls belong to the finch family

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This little bird is about the same size as a goldfinch, around 12 or 13 cm. long.  Sometimes they are commonly mistaken for house finches or pine siskens.

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 It has the little red cap and the male has a reddish section under the chin.  You can also see a bit of red just above the tail.

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They like the black oil sunflower feeder and also the nyger feeder.

I’m sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and I’d Rather B Birdin.

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They’ve Got Personali’trees’

They’ve Got Personali’trees’

The trees in the garden have taken on their own personali’trees’.

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These two tall populars towards the back of the garden are having a chat with each other and keeping check of who arrives at the feeders.  I just love the tree faces that I have been putting out into the garden over the last couple of days.   It was nice to get outside and start some decorating in the garden.   However it looks like it might all be put on hold for a couple of days while a storm system moves through our part of Ontario.   It will bring rain, and maybe ice rain or ice pellets and maybe even snow.

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The grass is beginning to green up from the rain of the past couple of evenings.  The pussy willow to the left for the photo has it soft gray buds on it.  The hose is there, not to water the garden, but to syphon off some water that accumulates in a low spot on one side of the garden.  There is a run off ditch at the back and you can see the bridge that goes over it to the right of the photo.  The run off from the farm fields behind us runs off in the ditch.  We get lots of frogs and spring peepers in there too.

At the very back we pile all the branches that get cut off the trees and shrubs.  This provides some great cover for the wildlife that visits the garden.  The rabbits live there and so do the chipmunks.   There is a wild grape vine that grows all over that area in summer and the birds love to feed there.

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I’ve collected the tree faces over a few years.  A couple of them are starting to show some wear from the elements.  I do take them inside over the winter to protect them from the really cold  and icy winter weather.  The one in the upper right had its mouth broken.  It is the face on the feeder tree, which is an old dead tree that the woodpeckers love to drill holes in.  There is a knot hole or perhaps a place where a branch was at one time and it makes the perfect round opening for a mouth.  I just purchased another face from the dollar store this year and will be adding it to my collection.

Do your trees have their own personali’tree’?

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