Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Poisonous invasive plants from the Parsley family

The Parsley Family includes some wonderful edible plants like the carrot and parsnip, plus more aromatic spices found in your spice cabinet, such as anise, celery, chervil, coriander, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel and of course, parsley.
But unlike the Mustard or Mint families, the Parsleys are not all safe for picking and eating. In fact, the Parsley family is among the most important families of plants to learn, since it includes the deadliest plants in North America: poison hemlock and water hemlock.
Conium maculatum (hemlock or poison hemlock) native to Europe and North Africa.

Water Hemlock (Cicuta douglasii)
OTHER NAMES: Cowbane, poison parsnip, wild parsnip, snake root, 
snakeweed, spotted hemlock, poison hemlock.
This plant is extremely poisonous to people and livestock. 
The most poisonous parts are the roots and stem bases.

Giant Hogweed
This invasive noxious weed that has been declared a public health hazard 
because it is dangerous to both people and pets. 
I have seen the Giant Hogweed -  a very impressive, 
very tall plant with very large white flowers resembling Queen Anne's lace but much larger. 
See picture below...

Please do not touch the plant. 
The sap of of the Giant Hogweed plant is 
photo-reactive, so it does react with the sunlight. 
It can cause an intense burn right away or an intense blistering. 
Also, if you get it in your eyes, it can cause blindness temporarily or permanent."

More information can be found here:

Angelica archangelica (angelica) Angelica atropurpurea (American angelica, Purple angelica, Alexanders) Angelica polymorpha var. sinensis (Chinese angelica, dong quai) Angelica gigas (Korean angelica)

To compare the different plants ...
Angelica resembles the poisonous cow parsnip but the stem is green - purple, waxy with no fine hair.        
This summer-blooming wildflower of the carrot family apiaceae, is not poisonous, 
closely related to the garden plant Angelica archangelica that is used for culinary purposes,
 indeed, until the 20th century Wild Angelica was widely used as a vegetable and herbal medicine.      

Used information and pictures from various sources  - including Wikipedia 

Wildflowers....along Walter Bean Trail - Rim Park Waterloo

Saturday, 18 July 2015

St. Jacob's Farmers Market - time to go shopping

I love to go to St. Jacob's Farmers Market 
located only 10 minutes from my new home...

The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is OPEN:

• Thursday and Saturday: 7 am - 3:30 pm, all year

• Tuesday Summer Market June 16 - September 1, 2015, 8 am - 3 pm

Mennonite woman in their traditional dresses can be seen selling local produce. 

For the meat lover --- lots of sausages and steaks 

Need potato chips with your barbecue ...many flavours to choose from...

Bought some fresh wild sockeye salmon from British Columbia...

Delicious with ice cream ...people line up to get some apple fritters including me.
The Fritter Company... 
Making apple fritters at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market for 26 years.

Love the pretzels - warm and ready to eat!
Time to go home - we have a heat advisory in effect for the Province of Ontario.

Hot and humid conditions will continue through the weekend. Tonight will be a very warm night with overnight minimum temperatures in the 20 to 23 degree range. On Sunday, daytime highs will again be in the low 30s, with humidex values reaching around 40. The exception will be locales near the shorelines of the Great Lakes, where temperatures will be a few degrees cooler.

source: Environment Canada

© pictures by ghbach 07/2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The grapevine beetle, Pelidnota punctata

The grapevine beetle, Pelidnota punctata, also known as the spotted June beetle or the spotted pelidnota, is a species of beetle, a member of the subfamily Rutelinae of the Scarab beetle family. Grapevine beetles are common in the north and central United States and Eastern Canada, but do relatively little damage to their host plants. 
The beetles fly at a fast speed, usually in a curving flight. Found the beetle on wild grapevines.
More information?

WeinstockkäferPelidnota punctata ist kein grosser Marienkäfer. gehört auch nicht zu der Famile der Marienkäfer. Vorkommen ist Nord- und Zentralamerika und Ostkanada. 
Der Käfer richtet wenig Schaden an den Weinstöcken an, fliegt mit grosser Geschwindigkeit, in einem Bogen.
Fundstelle an wilden Weinreben.  

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

When the sun goes down...

“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, 
and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.” 
"Es gibt einen Sonnenaufgang und Sonnenuntergang, jeden Tag
und sie sind absolut kostenlos. Verpasst nicht so viele von ihnen."
                                                                                             ― Jo Walton

Monday, 13 July 2015

Visiting Herborn Germany

Herborn is a historic town on the Dill in the Lahn-Dill district of Hesse in Germany. 
Before World War I, it was granted its own title as Nassauisches Rothenburg. 
The weather did not permit to explore the beautiful area around Herborn.
Extreme high temperatures broke records with over 40 Celsius. 
Perhaps the next Brezeln:)
Herborn ist eine historische Fachwerkstadt an der Dill im Lahn-Dill-Kreis in Hessen, 
die bereits vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg Eigenwerbung als „Nassauisches Rothenburg“ betrieb.
Die extrem hohen Temperaturen von über 40 Grad Celsius, 
hinderten mich, die herrliche Gegend um Herborn, zu besuchen.
Vielleicht das nächste Mal ....liebe Brezeln:))

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Laurel Lake and park...

In the morning I joined the Nordic Pole Walking group to get some exercise in Hillside Park, Waterloo.
In the afternoon I visited my favourite park: 
Laurel Creek Conservation Area to take pictures of wildflowers...
All flowers and beetles are identified... 

Unfortunately, I discovered the invasive Japanese Beetle in the park.

  Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, and caterpillars only eat milkweed.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

A tribute to my husband - commemorative bench in Laurel Park, Waterloo

Almost one year ago Heinz passed away and yesterday his bench was installed.
The bench is located under a beautiful large butternut tree over looking Laurel Creek park and lake. The Butternut (Juglans cinerea) is also called white walnut, 
it is the only walnut tree native to Canada.  It's the most cold resistant of all walnut trees.
I know Heinz would have loved his bench below a beautiful tree. 
Now I have a place to visit and enjoy the view.
Vor knapp einem Jahr ist Heinz von uns vergangen und gestern wurde seine Bank installiert. 
Die Bank befindet sich unter einem schönen großen Butternuss Baum, 
mit Blick über Laurel Creek Park und See. 
Die Butternuss (Juglans cinerea) wird auch Weißer Nussbaum genannt,der einzige Walnuss Baum, heimisch in Kanada. Kann grosse Kälte widerstehen.
Ich weiß, Heinz würde sich über seine Bank, unter einen schönen Baum freuen.
Jetzt habe auch ich einen Ort zum Besuch und genieße die herrliche Aussicht.  

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Morning walk at rare's ECO Centre in Cambridge

Attended a very interesting guided tour organised by Kitchener Waterloo Nature. 
Explored the diverse habitats - including alvar, cliff, wetland and woodland 
I found on this 900-acre reserve in Cambridge, Ontario.
I noticed so many different flowers and plants, enjoyed beautiful views of the Grand River.
Would love to come back at a later time.
Teilnahme an einer sehr interessanten Führung, organisiert bei Kitchener Waterloo Nature.
Erkundete die verschiedenen Lebensräume - darunter Alvar, Steilküste, Feuchtgebiete und
Wälder, die ich auf dieser 900-acre Reservat in Cambridge, Ontario fand.
Bemerkte, so viele verschiedene Blumen und Pflanzen, genoss die wunderschöne 
Aussicht auf den Grand River. 
Komme gern wieder zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt. 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Canadian Wildlife Federation - Walk for Wildlife

Walk for Wildlife has come to end! 
Thank you so much to everyone who participated 
in helping raise awareness and funds 
for Canada’s migratory species at risk.
I walked 111 km and raised $120.00

Saturday, 30 May 2015

My trails - My walks in Laurel Creek Conservation Area

Cornus alternifolia is a species of flowering plant in the dogwood family Cornaceae, native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to southern Manitoba and Minnesota, 
and south to northern Florida and Mississippi. 

Der Wechselblättrige Hartriegel (Cornus alternifolia) ist ein kleiner Baum oder Strauch aus der Gattung der Hartriegel (Cornus). Die Art wächst im östlichen Nordamerika an Waldrändern, lichten Stellen im Wald und an Flussläufen. Wegen seiner etagenförmig angeordneten Zweige wird er auch Pagoden-Hartriegelgenannt.  Wikipedia

Onoclea sensibilis, the sensitive fern, also known as the bead fern, is a coarse-textured, 
medium to large-sized deciduous perennial fern.

Onoclea sensibilis oder Perlfarn ist die einzige Pflanzenart der Gattung Onoclea 
 innerhalb der Familie der Onocleaceae. 
Ihr disjunktes Areal umfasst das östliche Nordamerika und das östliche Asien. 

"Natural objects themselves, even when they make no claim to beauty, excite the feelings, 
and occupy the imagination.  
Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature.  
We recognize in it an Infinite Power.

-  Karl Wilhelm Humboldt