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The Nuthatches

Categories: Birds.

We just love watching the various birds that visit the backyard feeders.  Most of the feeders are set up so they are within good viewing distance of the windows. The cameras are always ready to capture the birds through our lenses.   We are getting much better at identification but the birding books are always close at hand.  We’ve learned to look at beaks, eye markings, belly colours, tail lengths and more. Nuthatches, sometimes called the upside down birds, are the birds that go down the tree head first.   There are 2 varieties of nuthatch … the white breasted
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What’s in the Garden? – N

Categories: Alphabetical Gardening.

The hunt continues for what’s in the garden and this week the things start with N.  I’m really enjoying this alphabetical gardening challenge each week. The nuthatch is a winter visitor to the gardens.  We get both varieties, the rose breasted and the white breasted.  What fun to see their characteristic upside down pose on the feeders. Nasturtiums are an annual that I grow every year, usually in a large washing machine tub that my husband reclaimed for me years ago.  The bloom comes from the centre of the leaf and this plant is edible.  There are a variety of
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N for Ninebark

Categories: Plants.

Ninebark or Physocarpus  are deciduous shrubs that are easy to grow.  There are several varieties, diablo and  summer wine being two of them.  This native shrub prefers full sun to part shade and  grows in the wild from east coast to Manitoba.  Most shrubs are purchased from garden centres. This ornamental shrub was planted in 2010 and is doing really well. It blooms early to mid summer.  If you need to prune this one do it in late fall or wait till well after the blooms have finished.  This is Diablo with the dark plum leaves and pink blooms.  Some times the bark peels
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A Narcissus By Any Other Name …

Categories: Plants.

… is a daffodil  or a jonquil but the genus name is Narcissus. So it is N for narcissus for ABC Wednesday. These lovely spring blooming bulbs come in a variety of sizes and colours. Bulbs should be planted in the Fall before the frost sets in. Choose a sunny location with well drained soil.  These daffodils are Double Ice King, originally planted in 2009. After blooming, leave the foilage and just snip away the spent flower, which allows nutrients to return to the bulb for the following year.  These daffodils are Sempre Avanti, originally planted in 2004. These daffodils
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N is for Nasturtiums

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

N is for nasturtiums or Trapaeolum. Nasturtiums are a beautiful annual plant that grow well in large containers or right in the garden. The flowers and young leaves are edible as long as you haven’t used any sort of pesticide on them.  The plant is related to mustard and cress hence the tangy taste. They also act like insect repellent and are wonderful companion plants, deterring white flies, squash bugs, and they are a trap crop for aphids.  They also attract beneficial insects and of course hummingbirds. Believe it or not these plants are growing in a tub from an old washing
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