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What’s in the Garden? – D

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

It’s time for ABC Wednesday and my alphabetical garden tour this week shares what’s in the garden starting with D – birds, plants, whimsy and more. My most favourite flower is daisies. I have both oxeye and shasta varieties in the garden. Other plants beginning with D are daffodils, dianthus, daylilies and of course dandelions. Dandelions are very important to the life cycle of the bees and we do not spray or use insecticides of any sort in our garden.  We have a few varieties of woodpeckers but the little downy is the most timid.  They will stay on the
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Beauty at Season End

Categories: Eye on the Sky and What's Been Happening?.

~ On October 23 in the morning we woke up to a red sky.  Take warning says the old weather saying.  We knew that rain was heading our way in the next day or so. The leaves are coming down quickly and just over the weekend we raked and bagged several large bags of them and took them to the landfill. The temperatures were still close to 20 Celsius, absolutely glorious for this time of the year.  I’ve been cutting greenery from the garden, the back fields and the landfill.   I always take the garden cutters when we go
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A Downy or a Hairy

Categories: Birds.

Of the various species of woodpeckers that visit the feeders in the garden, two of them are very similar.  The downy woodpecker and the hairy woodpecker are different sizes.  They both have vertical stripes on their body and the males have the red patch on their head.  I’ve added 2 photos of the birds at the same feeder so that you can see the size difference.  There bills are different as well. The hairy has a longer, sharper bill. . Here is the downy on the peanut feeder.  I compare them by how much of the peanut feeder is covered
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