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P for Potatoes

I’ve grown potatoes in large bushel baskets for a couple of years now.  I had been doing some reading on the internet and came across some articles about folks that grew potatoes in containers or bushel baskets and I decided to give it a go as I had some bushel baskets just sitting in the garage collecting dust.
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Poppin’ Poppies

P is for Poppies. The seedlings pop through the ground in April.  They are little hairy leaves that grow quite quickly. Those green fuzzy heads start popping up in early May.  They are quite fascinating to watch as they slowly split open to reveal the orange/red blooms.  At first the petals are tightly closed together and then they gradually open to reveal a gorgeous bloom. There is a spot on the hill that we let them grow and grow.  This variety of poppy can be very invasive as they spread rapidly by underground roots but they are still a favourite.
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P is for Peruvian Daffodils

P is for Peruvian daffodils. I’ve picked a gardening theme for Alphabe-Thursday so that I can post photos of beautiful blooms to cheer us up through the cold, winter days.  Peruvian Daffodils are sometimes referred to as spider flower, probably for the long petals and stamens.  They belong to the family of Amaryllidaceae I love the green stripes inside the plant.  The blooms can be up to 10 cm. across. These are tender perennials where I live and I dig the bulbs each fall and store them in a cool, dark place. Each spring I plant the bulbs in large pots.
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Pileated Woodpecker

What a thrill to see a pileated woodpecker in the back garden.   There she was at the base of the old dead tree drilling away in search of insects. A bit of research in the birding books told us this was a female.  On the male the red on the head goes all the way down to the beak.  Also the males have a red stripe to the side of the beak. I took my first photos through the kitchen door and then I moved onto the deck when she didn’t fly away.  She was so intent on finding her
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