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The Orb Weaver

Categories: Lens Friends.

One day in August 2016 I was working in the front garden and came across a large garden spider among the iris leaves.  The colours of yellow and brown and the pattern on the big fat body caught my eye and I had to do some research to find out the type of spider.
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Those Amazing Little Seeds

Categories: Seeds.

Those Amazing Little Seeds Tiny seeds can grow into beautiful things. It is just barely spring time, by the calendar, and that means it’s time to start thinking about sowing seeds (inside for some, but outside for others). Most seeds can be started inside about 6 weeks before your last frost date. Frost dates vary from area to area so you need to check to see when yours is.
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S for Shoofly

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

S for Shoofly …  or Nicandra physalodes … or better known as Apple of Peru. This annual plant, a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family,  prefers full sun and moist soil.   It is a native of South America.  the plant can grow to be large and bushy.  The blooms are bell shaped and usually mauve and white.  The blooms can repel bugs, hence the shoo fly name.
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S for Solomon Seal

Categories: Plants.

Solomon seal, or Polygonatum, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the lily family that is native to North America.  It blooms in early spring with dangly white blooms.  They aren’t big or showy blooms but small white one that hang from the stems.  This is such an interesting and unusual plant to have in the garden.  After the blooms appear in late May and early June a small berry can form. This deer resistant plant pokes through the ground in early spring and the stems grow quite quickly. The tops gently arch over and as the leaves unfurl you can see the
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