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In the Flicker of an Eye

Categories: Birds.

The Northern flickers are ground feeding woodpeckers that usually come in April through October as they pass through.  They mainly eat ants and beetles but will eat fruit and seeds. I am always thrilled to see this bird especially just a few days after my cataract surgery in 2015 and recognized it right away, without even having my glasses on.  Just a week before the surgery I would of had to been wearing my glasses and then zoom in with the camera to make the positive identification. The flicker has a long curved beak to peck into the ground.  As
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F for Fungi

Categories: Fungi and Plants.

~ Fungi are part of a large group of organisms including micro-organisms including yeast, molds, and mushrooms.    Fungi are not in the plant or animal kingdom any more and have been placed in their own kingdom. It is always fascinating to come across fungi.  Fungus is the Latin term for mushroom. Fungi feed on nutrients from the living or dead organic material on which they live.  Fungi are the new life commonly found on dead trees.  They play an important part in the decomposition of dead things. These are bracket fungus and the shelf like pieces are called conks.
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Feeders Around the Garden

Categories: Birds.

We have quite a collection of different feeders in the garden and we keep them filled all year round … probably at least 18.  The feathered lens friend that visit are our reward for doing this. This was a new feeder last summer and it really attracts the birds.  It has 2 sides with different mesh coverings. As well as landing on the perches the little chickadees and finches will cling to the mesh.  The cardinal will also come to this feeder. The cardinals other favourite feeder is right beside it with safflower seed.  The cardinal prefers to sit on
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F for Feverfew

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, is a perennial medicinal herb …. a little plant with leaves that have an amazing scent.  This is a volunteer plant in my garden, perhaps the previous owners of the house planted it here but it just pops up every year and in a multitude of places. If you rub the leaves of this plant and then sniff your fingers it is supposed to relieve headache pains.  There are many other uses from reducing fever to easing toothache.  It is used as extracts, capsules, and in tea form.  I haven’t tried any of these remedies but I’m always
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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. seeds
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Fuchsia

Categories: Plants.

ABC Wednesday is up to F and I’m sharing the gorgeous fuchsia. Each year I plant up the big pot by the front door with  fuchsia.  Some years I buy ready started plants to get a variety and some years I buy the hanging baskets all ready to go and transplant them into the pot.  The plants come in different colours … red and whites, to pinks and white to the  fuchsia and white ones.  There are many different varieties of which the first ones came from the Caribbean.  They are an annual plant where I live but many people have
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