2006 Canada Day fireworks Niagara Falls, Ontario
Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
So far we have lost plants to squirrels, skunks, raccoons, birds, voles, mice, snails, slugs
and very soon wild rabbits?
Critters have the characteristics of long lost relatives that have moved in with you.
You loved to see them, but when will they leave?
During my early morning walk through the garden, I watched our cat Max racing through the flower beds.
Max, I called out be careful the next Olympics Games are in China, take it easy.
Max disappeared for a few minutes and returned to our garden chasing something??
What could it be?
Seconds later I noticed a small wild baby rabbit hiding under our bench.
Max searching the garden for the invader, but got distracted by the smell of some tuna in the kitchen.
Here he is now watching from the inside window...
Oh dear, now we have rabbits in our garden.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Years back, in front of our house grew a wonderful rose with the name of "Love".
After we sold our house the rose bush stayed behind and died after a few month neglected by the new owner.
Many times I thought I should have taken the rose with me to our new house.
Years went by and I searched for the wonderful Grandiflora rose with the name of Love, but couldn't find the rose bush anywhere.
Early spring I found the rose again grown by the Enderlein Nursery in Ontario.
Yesterday, the first flower of my new rose opened.
What a wonderful colour, wonderful scent, beautiful indeed, but not the same rose I hoped for.
The search goes on..
2006 and 2007 pictures
The Annabelle hydrangea is a stunning white hydrangea, often producing heads over 10" in diameter.
Unlike the better known blue and pink hydrangeas (macrophyllas),
Annabelle blooms every year even after severe pruning or intensely cold winters.
The huge, white "drumstick" blooms appear in profusion without fail.
This Hydrangea "Annabelle" plant grows next to the Tree Peony and will bloom very soon.
I have counted 62 flowers and hopefully the hot weather and sun will not scorch the plant.
and I found the information at the website of the Natural Wildlife Federation, USA
What would I do without GOOGLE?
Red Elder, Pacific Red Elderberry, Coast Red Elder and "Roter Trauben Holunder"
Family: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle
Description Clump-forming shrub or sometimes small tree with many small, white flowers in concave or pyramidal clusters and bright red berries; flowers and crushed foliage have unpleasant odor.
Height: 20' (6 m).
Diameter: 6" (15 cm).
Leaves: opposite; pinnately compound; 5-10" (13-25 cm) long;
with unpleasant odor;
Flowers: 1/4" (6 mm) wide; with white, 5-lobed corolla; in upright, much-branched clusters to 4" (10 cm) long; in spring and early summer.
Fruit: 5/16" (8 mm) in diameter; a round berry, bright red or sometimes orange, juicy, with 1-seeded, poisonous nutlets; maturing in summer.
All species of elderberries that grow in North America are potentially poisonous if plant parts are ingested. The seeds of this subspecies are considered poisonous, causing diarrhea and vomiting. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant’s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Moist soils in rich woods and clearings, such as cutover coniferous forests.
Range Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, and northwest to Tennessee, Missouri, and South Dakota; also throughout West south to California, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Several former species are now considered part of the subspecies Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa, including S. callicarpa and S. pubens.