Monthly Archives May 2013

The Garden as May Ends

Categories: Garden areas and The Garden 2013.

May has slipped away.  It is always a busy time in the garden.  The weather was so changeable … wind, rain, thunder, cool temperatures with the odd warm day tossed in. The poppies have lots of buds and some are opening up, in fact a few more have opened since taking this photo yesterday.  The iris buds are showing little tips of colour. The snow in summer is starting to bloom.  I like this plant at this time of the year but once the blooms finish it gets very floppy and starts spreading.  That is when I start pulling it
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Bleeding Hearts for B

Categories: Plants.

Bleeding hearts or Dicentra are wonderful shade loving plants that grow really well in my north facing shady garden.  Another name for this plant is Lady’s Locket, and it is easy to see how it got that name from looking at the individual blooms. This plant prefers cool, moist conditions.  The plant starts out on the small side but can get to almost 60 cm. high and wide.  Above are the shoots just coming up after the winter. The plant seems to almost grow overnight and soon the buds are appearing.  The bleeding heart is a deer resistant plant.  The
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Feed Me, Feed Me!

Categories: Birds.

The robins are nesting once again over the light above the garage door.  This has been a popular nesting spot for several years now.  They will reuse a nest from the previous year after making sure it is up to code and doing a little remodelling, but most likely the nesting instinct takes over and a new one is built. The American Robin is named after the British robin because of its red breast.  But the American and British robins aren’t related.  The American robins belong to the thrush family, in fact the largest thrush in North America.   They
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Trillium – White and Red

Categories: Plants.

The white trillium has been the provincial flower of Ontario since 1937. The name ‘trillium’ comes from the Latin for ‘three’. The plant has large, often white, three-petaled flowers above three broad bracts that look like leaves. They are members of the lily family.   The trilliums usually bloom in early May.   The root stalk of the plants were used by First Nation Peoples to cure a variety of aliments. They collected them and chewed on them. The Purple Trillium was used by herbalists to treat gangrene.   Trilliums love to grow in the shade. They prefer rich, moist
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Raindrops on the Lady’s Mantle

Categories: Macro and Plants.

We have certainly had our share of rain over the past few days.  It has been cold and damp as well but the rain gives me the opportunity to go out and take photos of the raindrops on the leaves. Lady’s Mantle is one of my favourite places to capture raindrop photos.  The leaves seem to curl just enough to catch the drops.  And the drops seem to magnify the area underneath. These images were taken with the super macro setting on my Olympus camera.  It brings out all the tiny hairs around the edges of the leaf. Alphabetical posts
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The Fence Garden in May

Categories: Garden areas and The Garden 2013.

I started out with this great idea of taking a photo each month, on and around the 25th of the month, to see how the fence garden looked in a comparison to 2012 and 2013.  I just have to remember to post about it now so that I can compare the seasons from year to year. Here is the fence garden in April 2013.  It was in 2012 that I forgot to take a photo so I had nothing to compare it to.  The leaves have been raked off the garden and you can see a few plants poking through.
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A Busy Week in the Garden

Categories: Eye on the Sky and The Garden 2013.

The weather was nice and much warmer at the beginning of the week .. but we have had lots of wind, rain and thunder.  And now it has cooled down again, in fact it was downright chilly at our granddaughter’s first soccer game last night. Last weekend was a long weekend, but when you are retired every weekend is a long weekend so it doesn’t make much difference to us any more.  What I love about the long weekend is the extra day of cheap rate electricity.  In my part of Ontario we are on TOU (time of use) rates
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A for Anemone

Categories: Plants.

A is for Anemone. This is a lovely flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae family.  It is related to the pasque flower, which tends to be the perennial plant here.  Anemone means ‘daughter of the wind’ in Greek and they are frequently called Wind Flowers.  I would list them as tender perennials.  The first year I grew them I mistakenly thought they were perennials and would survive the winter.  However they never came back the following spring.  Last year I grew them again but brought the little bulbs inside for the winter.
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The Glass Totems

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

Every garden deserves a little whimsy. Glass totems have been circulating the internet for ages.  I started collecting some various glass pieces from thrift stores when a friend mentioned she really like the glass totems we had seen at a craft sale. The fun part was stacking them in different ways to see which looked best.  I collected all clear glass this time.  I didn’t want the patterns on the glass to be overshadowed by various colours. Plates, bowls, glasses and candle holders were glued together to make this first one.  It took awhile to make as I glued 2
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S for Solomon Seal

Categories: Plants.

Solomon seal, or Polygonatum, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the lily family that is native to North America.  It blooms in early spring with dangly white blooms.  They aren’t big or showy blooms but small white one that hang from the stems.  This is such an interesting and unusual plant to have in the garden.  After the blooms appear in late May and early June a small berry can form. This deer resistant plant pokes through the ground in early spring and the stems grow quite quickly. The tops gently arch over and as the leaves unfurl you can see the
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