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Common and Hooded Mergansers

Categories: British Columbia and Down by the Bay.

~ Ducks are usually so obliging when you want to take photographs unless they decide to dive under the water as you click the shutter button or they turn their head just when you think you have the perfect shot or they are a long way out of range or the lighting isn’t quite right and the photos come out dark.  Well okay, maybe they aren’t so obliging after all. I’m lucky to have a few good photos of the common merganser and the hooded merganser.  Some are from out trips to British Columbia and some are from local spots like
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M for Milkweed

Categories: Plants.

Milkweed, Asclepias, is an herbaceous perennial named for the milky liquid which contains latex and alkaloids.  There are many species of milkweed and some of them can be toxic.  Milkweed is an important source of nectar for bees and other insects and bugs.  It is the main food source for the Monarch butterflies. We have a large wild area at the back of the garden where milkweed are encouraged to grow.  The plant can be up to 1.5 meters tall and does produce an amazing big underground root system.  It can be an invasive plant and is not recommended for the
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Glory in the Morning

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

M is for Morning Glories. Morning glories or Ipomena are wonderful fast, growing annual vines that produce numerous blooms during August and September.  These vines will self seed if the seeds drop to the ground and over winter.  Blooms can be white, pink, blue, mauve, and multi coloured.  The vines can grow  10+ feet tall.  One year I grew them up an obelisk and rapidly ran out of room and kept twining the vines back down and around.  The vines thrive in full sun and just about any type soil. Each bloom lasts one day and then when the flower falls
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M is for Marsh Marigolds

Categories: Plants.

M is for Marsh Marigolds.  It’s time for Alphabe-Thursday and time to continue sharing some blooms to cheer us up over the winter. Marsh marigolds, cowslips or caltha palustris are lovely yellow blooming perennial plants that grow in shallow water near marshy or swampy areas. A few years ago we ventured into the swampy, mucky area close to our house to dig a clump of these lovely flowers. The plants grow 45 to 60 cm. high and the flowers are about 4 cm. across. We successfully transplanted it into a swampy area in our garden which is also home to
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Miscanthus

Categories: Front Gardens and Plants.

We added some new perennial grasses to the garden this past season.  There is a front triangle garden that was full of perennial bloomers like heliopsis, coreopsis, purple coneflower and lots of oriental and asiatic lilies. It was a high maintenance garden.  When I had my knee surgery  in 2011 I knew I couldn’t keep up with the constant deadheading.  And the lilies had those awful red lily beetles that meant “pick and squish” on a daily basis.  With alot of sadness the lilies were dug up and those beetles never appeared again. Here is a photo of the garden
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