Sunday, March 30, 2008
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.
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
Friday, March 28, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Saturday, March 22, 2008
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
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
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.
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.