Sunday, March 30, 2008

Hosta Blooms




Many people appreciate hosta for their foliage. I love the different colors of the hostas bell shaped flowers as well, and have always valued these blooms as part of my garden display. Different types of hosta will have different shades of blooms, ranging from shades of white to shades of lavender.

Tulips



I love the bright color of orange tulips in the spring garden. I don't believe that it's a common color choice for tulips, but I find that it really makes a statement!

Pear Blossoms




Sadly, the fruit and vegetables in our neighborhood are non organic due to the runoff from herbicide treated properties. The lawns are weed free, but the fruit are inedible.I love to watch the pears grow, but don't allow them to be eaten. I must mention that our lawn stands apart from the others, with it's abundance of beautiful dandelions and clover:).

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Again It Snowed





But this time it was different...it felt different...like spring. And then I discovered the buds on the maple, and I knew it was finally here.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Astilbe



I will never be without the feathery plumes of astilbe in my garden. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, not to mention the wonderful sweet fragrance of some. Fragrance plays a powerful role in the making of memories, and astilbe has certainly made it's mark in that regard.

Lavender



The scent of lavender is instantly soothing and has been used for it's calming effects for centuries. Lavender does well in a hot, dry, and sunny location with gravelly or sandy soil. That's why it does so well growing in Jenny's garden down by the shore.

Are Robins A Sign Of Spring?

robins

Apparently not. I have questioned this old wives tale for some time now, seeing them occasionally off and on throughout the winter. Robins do not necessarily migrate south in the winter, but rather move to another area where food is more plentiful. Their diets change in winter. Omnivorous in summer, feeding on earthworms and bugs from the lawn and garden, they become vegetarians in winter, feeding on berries and fermenting fruit in bushes and trees.They are still around, just not as visible to us.


Forget Me Nots



I love Forget Me Nots, with their sky blue and sometimes pink tiny flowers scattered throughout the spring garden. One of the easiest to teach the little children to remember due to their catchy name. Who could forget them?

Beach Grass

beach grass
beach grass
beach grass

Beach grass in March.

Beauty is everywhere, even in beach grass in winter. I love the sculptural effect against old weathered wood, or the reflected sparkle as the sun shines through the wheat colored grass.

Bald Eagles

bald eagle

Yesterday we watched six bald eagles flying over the East River,right in our community, apparently fishing for food. I didn't see them fish, but was amazed at how they soared together. There was one adult among the group, and the rest were immature eagles.

There's something very spiritual about seeing these magnificent birds in flight.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring Tulips



These tulips look like little cups full of sunshine:). A little ray of hope in each and every one. I love the way the sun changes my perspective in the garden.

Red Rose



We lost our Dad on Easter morning. An avid naturalist and noted mycologist, he will be sadly missed by so many who value the littlest miracles of nature.Often in the woods taking pictures of wildflowers and fungi, he would always stop and take note of the flora, while others might have walked on by. He shared his knowledge with many, and shared his love of nature with all of his children and grandchildren. It is from him that I get my passion for plants and gardening.I'm afraid however that I may have been one of the ones to walk by the fungi and tiny wildflowers. From now on I will take special note of these things.

Monday, March 24, 2008

My Father's Orchids



My father's beautiful orchids. He loved the tiniest detail in the face of a flower.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Cherry Blossoms




Weeping cherry blossoms put on a magnificent display in spring, and their fruit provide wonderful nourishment for the birds in the fall.

Bald Eagles

bald eagle

Every year in Sheffield Mills Nova Scotia, bird watchers flock to see majestic bald eagles, who come to feed on chicken waste placed in fields by local farmers. Nova Scotia has a stable bald eagle population, and has even aided in repopulating these beautiful birds of prey elsewhere in the continent.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wild Mushroom



The Nova Scotian woods are full of numerous types of wild mushrooms. My dad would be able to identify any one of them. He's an avid mushroom enthusiast, and member of the Naturalist Society. He's going for bypass surgery today. Please say a little prayer for us.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tulips





Although associated with Holland,tulips actually originated in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and other parts of Central Asia. They were brought to Europe in the 16th century where they became extremely popular, and were occasionally used as currency.

Magnolia



Magnolia blossoms have been compared to some of the very first flowers...ever. Their reproductive structures have primitive features, such as multiple stamens and pistils on one receptacle. They have demonstrated similarities to some of the oldest fossil flowers discovered.

The First Day Of Spring




It's hard to believe that today is the first day of spring. School has been cancelled due to icy road conditions, and the temperature outside is very chilling.The only thing that lets you know that spring is actually here is the change in the angle of the sun as it shines through the windows.

No growth outside yet, but here are some tulips from last year, to brighten up your day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Garden Path

annapolis royal
annapolis royal
annapolis royal

Down the path, around the corner, up the hill...just love those meandering garden paths at Historic Gardens.You never know what you'll come upon next.

Zebra Grass

zebra grass

Zebra grass is a variegated grass with yellow horizontal stripes across the leaves. A graceful specimen with arching leaves, it can grow 6-7 feet tall, and is a fast growing hardy plant.

Tulips




Some of the first to bloom in my garden, we usually don't have tulip blooms until late April or May.

Moose




Young moose in the rain at Shubenacadie Nova Scotia, having a bite.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Early Acadian Dwelling

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acadian
acadian

La Maison Acadienne et Potager.

A replica of an early French settler's dwelling circa 1710, at Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal.

Garden Path

garden

Around the corner to the daylily bed. Can't wait to see these in bloom!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!



Beware of Leprechauns!!!

Spring Tulips





Hurry spring!!! We love the colors of spring tulips.

Tulips







Memories of tulips past.