Monthly Archives August 2018

CD Scratch Art

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

~ If you are like me you have an abundance of CDs.  There was a time when you got all sorts of them with free programs, or you have a lot of old ones from computer storage.  I’m a saver, and have a big box full of them.  I’m always trying to use them in whimsical craft projects. The latest idea I tried was scratch art.  I remember doing this type of craft years and years ago in public school.  You coloured a sheet of paper in all different colours and then coloured the whole thing over in black.  With
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Partial Albino Grackle

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

~ We had a rare visitor to the flat feeder August 10, 2018 –  a partial albino grackle or a leucistic grackle.  Thanks to help from an online friend Elaine, some bird forums, and internet searches we were able to correctly identify this bird. The head of a grackle is usually all bluish, but this one has white features throughout. The eye has the same yellowish circle with the black pupil. You can see similar features to the common grackle – the longish tail, sturdy beak, and long legs. Here are a few more shots as it moved to different
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F for Four O’clocks

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

~ 4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring.
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Rose of Sharon

Categories: Plants and The Garden 2018.

~ A few years ago I was given a cutting from a Rose of Sharon bush and this year it is finally big enough to bloom.  And not just one or two blooms but it is going to have lots of blooms.  The photo on the left was taken at the beginning of the growing season in 2017 and the one beside it was taken in August 2018.         Now in 2018 it is taller and fuller and has buds on it. It blooms on growth of the current year.  Pruning is done in late fall after
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Stained Glass Keychimes

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

~ I’ve been making garden whimsy with old cd’s for a long time.  One o the first things I made was some key chimes. Unfortunately the old cds and the weather aren’t good companions and the shine of the cd starts to wear away.  The keys get all twirled together and after awhile it gets hard to untangle the fishing line.  So it was time to repair and upcycle the key chimes once again. The old key chime was made of 2 cds glued together, keys and fishing line.  This time I used one of the stained glass cds that
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