Friday, October 19, 2007

Winky Pinky Hydrangea

Just arrived in my garden ..Winky Pinky

If you’re a collector of new plant specimens or a lover of hydrangeas, I’ve got a perfect one for you - Pinky Winky.

Pinky Winky Hydrangea, new to the marketplace, has beautiful blooms that are bicolor, white darkening to pink that are not affected by pH levels.

They are huge in size: 12-16 inches long and are said to cover the plant completely.
In fall, the blooms often turn reddish-purple in color.

This hydrangea thrives in good, loamy soil, is adaptable to a wide variety of soil types and is being presented as a hydrangea that is urban tolerant.

Also, Winky Pinky is being listed as drought tolerant which would be a welcome switch from other hydrangeas that need a consistent stream of moisture to survive.
Another thing going for this hydrangea is its cold hardiness, down through USDA Zone 4.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

colour of fall - Scarborough Bluff's - City of Toronto

Lake Ontario 19 000 km², length 311 km and width 85 km.
Lake Ontario sunset Scarborough Bluffs ...
City of Toronto....
Scarborough Bluffs in Guildwood.

(pictures by Wilfried Bach, München and Gisela Bach, Toronto)

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Monday, October 15, 2007

ornamental cabbage..Zierkohl

Ornamental cabbage and kale...
Home gardeners who wish to have year-round color in their flower beds and borders are faced with a dilemma in attempting to locate appropriate plants for use in late autumn and winter.
One group of plants that has been developed to fit in this time slot are the ornamental cabbages and kales.
Both are classified as Brassica oleracea (the same as edible cabbages, broccoli, and cauliflower), but the ornamentals are better for coloring the garden than they are for eating.
While these plants are listed as flowering cabbage and kale, they are grown for their colorful leaves,
not for their flowers.

Zierkohl.. Rüschen und Spitzen wie ein Festkleid
Leuchtende Krausköpfe im Garten, in Kübeln, Kästen und Blumensträußen..
wie übergroße Blüten wirkender Zierkohl ist im Herbst eine Attraktion.
Zahlreiche Varietäten, die sich in Größe, Farbe und Blattformen unterscheiden.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

all about mushrooms - Pilze - Guildwood Village Blog

Fliegenpilz - Fly Amanita (mushroom)
Amanita muscaria var. muscaria
Amanita muscaria (also known by the English-language common name fly agaric or Fly Amanita) is a psychoactive agaric species of mushroom found commonly throughout much of the world. The quintessential toadstool, it is a large imposing white-gilled, white-spotted, usually deep red mushroom, one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture. Though it is generally considered poisonous, Amanita muscaria is otherwise famed for its hallucinogenic properties with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol.
Orange Mycena leaiana
Found throughout much of southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes,
this fungus aids in decomposing hardwood and other trees.

Guildwood Village -
about mushrooms - toadstools - fungi - lichens..
über Pilze, Mykologie usw.

I am fascinated and curious about many plants, mushrooms and other things I find on the lake or in the forest. Last year, I started to take pictures of mushrooms, toadstools, fungi and lichens, I found during my walks in Guildwood. Looking at the pictures is not enough. Now the fun starts.. names?? What else can I learn about the many different mushrooms.

Many mushroom websites can be found on the internet.