Monthly Archives October 2013

Milkweed Pods

Categories: Macro.

The milkweed pods have been bursting open to release all the seeds.  I let these plants grow in a wild area of the garden to attract the Monarch butterflies.  Milkweed is an important source of nectar for bees and other insects.  It is the only food source for the Monarch butterflies. When the pod splits open all the soft feathery fluff bursts out.  The common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, can be invasive.  In some parts of Canada the milkweed is considered a harmful weed because it can spread quickly on farmland. A seed is attached to each little puff of fluff, technically
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The Trees Were Full …

Categories: Birds.

The back trees were full this afternoon (Saturday October 26, 2013) … not full of leaves but full of starlings and some blackbirds! A huge, noisy flock (murmuration) of blackbirds arrived in the trees.  What a commotion they made.  I just had to video them to capture the sounds and then clap (my husband did that part while I did the camera part) so they would fly away.
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Love Me Tender

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2013.

Are you in love with some tender perennials? … the cannas, the callas, the Peruvian daffodils, the gladioli, the dahlias, the four o’clocks … When the frost arrives in my part of Canada it is time to dig those roots out of the ground or the pots and save them for another season.  If they are left in the ground they will just turn mushy and won’t grow for you next year.
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Beside the River

Categories: Out and About.

For a few weekends now we have made the journey from our house to the local landfill site to dump bags of leaves and garden debris.  There is municipal pick up if you actually live in the city area but as we live in the country we have to dispose of it ourselves.  The van get loaded with 13 to 15 big paper sacs full of stuff acceptable at the landfill.
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These Peanuts Are All Mine

Categories: Birds.

On Wednesday it was a rainy day and we didn’t do anything outside.  I had the tripod set up by the back door and the feeders had just been filled the night before.  Even though we have birds all year round at this time of the year it seems more of them are returning to our area for the winter months.  You could hear the bluejay squawking its loud call, so I knew it would be in and around the feeders for awhile.
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Choose, Chop, Roast

Categories: Recipes and Vegetables.

A trip to the farmers market at this time of the year will make your taste buds salivate when you think of all the wonderful dishes you can make with the veggies at this time of the year. A favourite of ours is roasted veggies. This dish of roasted veggies includes potatoes, a carrot, a parsnip, brussels sprouts or sprouts as I call them, celery and onion.  You can substitute favourite veggies of yours if you wish. Cut the veggies. Toss with seasoning and extra virgin olive oil. Roast in the oven at 350 F. until tender, usually 35 to
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