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H for the Herons

Categories: Down by the Bay.

H for herons – great blue herons, green herons and night herons, some of my favourite birds to photograph. Here is the green heron we saw quite close to home on a pond by the local dairy.  You can see the greenish tinge at the top of their wings. This black crowned night heron caught himself a tasty fish in the turtle pond down by the bay. These are smaller herons with a thicker and shorter neck than the great blue heron.  They have a black crown on their head and the colour sometimes extends down their back.  The photo
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H for Heliopsis

Categories: Plants.

Heliopsis, a perennial, is a member of the daisy family.  ‘Helios’ for sun and ‘opsis’ for appearance.  It is a native plant in North and South America and often called False Sunflower.  There are some different varieties but all are quite similar. The buds start forming around the end of June and the mustard yellow blooms start to appear at the beginning of July. If you deadhead the spent blooms you will have a long bloom season.  Leaving some spent blooms on the plant will mean it will drop seeds and you will find some volunteer plants the next year.
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Hollyhocks

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

The letter for ABC Wednesday is H this week.  In my quest to forget about winter and review some of the blooms from the garden in previous years it is time to share some lovely hollyhocks or alcea rosea.  These drought resistant plants do well in sunny locations.  An interesting thing I read was that the stems, when dried, can be used as firewood … did you know that?  It certainly isn’t something that I have ever tried.
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H is for Honeysuckle

Categories: Plants and Trellis Garden.

H is for Honeysuckle, but it could of been for hollyhocks, heliopsis, hyacinth bean vine, hens & chicks and more.  It’s time for Alaphe-Thursday, when a letter is given and bloggers find all sorts of things that start with it.  I’m trying to choose garden related photos to help me get over the winter blahs! This perennial vine grows up one part of the trellis garden.  It has gorgeous blooms that attract lots of wildlife like butterflies and hummingbirds.  This is a photo from 2011 when it was in bloom in mid June.  You can root this vine from a
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