Saturday, February 2, 2008

It's Groundhog Day today...

It's Groundhog Day today,
so, if you put your faith in the weather predictions of subterranean rodents,
below is a sampling of the results, groundhog to groundhog:
Canadian groundhogs:
Wiarton Willie (Wiarton, Ontario)- An early spring!
Shubenacadie Sam (Nova Scotia)- An early spring!

Groundhog Day ist ein kulturelles Ereignis,
das an mehreren Orten in den USA und Kanada gefeiert wird.

2. Februar jedes Jahres, dem "Candlemas Day" (Lichtmess),
wird traditionell eine Vorhersage über das Fortdauern des Winters getroffen.
Dazu werden öffentlich und teilweise im Rahmen von Volksfesten
Waldmurmeltiere (Marmota monax, engl. groundhog)
zum ersten Mal im Jahr aus ihrem Bau gelockt.
Wenn das Tier "seinen Schatten sieht", d. h. wenn klares, helles Wetter herrscht,
soll der Winter noch weitere sechs Wochen dauern.
In diesem Jahr hat der Groundhog seinen Schatten nicht gesehen,
also es gibt ein frühes Frühjahr.

deutscher Text: Wikipedia
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after the snowstorm... our picturesque Guildwood Village

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Major snowstorm blankets Eastern Canada

Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ...
a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dream.-
Barbara Winkler

Je schöner und reicher ein Garten im Sommer ist, desto schöner ist er auch im Schnee. Ganz besondere Träger seiner Schönheit sind aber kahle Gehölze von edler, reicher Verzweigung und Nadelhölzer.- Karl Foerster

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Geum Red Dragon..Roter Nelkenwurz -- Geum chiloense Roter Drachen


Fully double scarlet flowers measuring an impressive 1.5 inches with wavy petals.

Plant in full sun in fertile moist well drained soil.

Flowering Late Spring.

Geum Red Dragon (Geum chiloense)

Mid-green foliage with upright stems carry large fully double 38 mm (1 1/2�) scarlet flowers with wavy petals. A superb flower great in borders, containers, landscaping and as an attractive cut flower. Cold and frost tolerant. Perfect for mass planting or container gardens. ( Zone 5) Sow directly into the garden once ground can be worked.

Roter Nelkenwurz
Geum chiloense Roter Drachen

Die Nelkenwurz gedeiht auf beinahe jedem Boden und überrascht den Pflanzenliebhaber mit ihren sattroten, bis zu 5 cm großen Blüten, die den ganzen Sommer über erscheinen. Die Art erhält sich im Garten auch durch Selbstaussaat.

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2008 Perennial Plant of the Year --Geranium 'Rozanne', Storchschnabel

2008 Perennial Plant of the Year

Geranium 'Rozanne', Storchschnabel
Im Gegensatz zu den herkömmlichen Geranien ist "ROZANNE" mehrjährig und erfreut Sie jedes Jahr wieder! Für Balkonkästen, Hängeampeln & Kübel! Durchgehende Blüte von Mai bis Oktober.

Rozanne Cranesbill Geranium(Geranium ‘Rozanne’)
The Perennial Plant Association is pleased to announce this year’s choice for PERENNIAL PLANT OF THE YEAR, selected by PPA members all across North America.
The 2008 winner is Geranium 'Rozanne'.
’Rozanne’ was bred in the garden of
Donald and Rozanne Waterer in Somerset, UK and first discovered in 1989.

It appears to be the result of crossing Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’ with an unnamed selection of G. himalayense. Eventually it came to the attention of the renowned Blooms of Bressingham Nursery and was subsequently increased and introduced to gardeners in Europe and North America.
‘Rozanne’ is protected by US Plant Patent #12175: unlicensed propagation prohibited. Registered with the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation.
Hardy Cranesbill Geraniums should not be confused with the orange, pink, white or red-flowered tender annuals that gardeners everywhere know as Geraniums, more correctly called Pelargonium.
Hardy Cranesbill Geraniums come back year after year outdoors, though hardiness varies depending on the particular variety.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9 (survival in Zone 4 appears good when there is reliable winter snowcover).
Size: 12 to 20 inches tall (30 to 50cm) and 18 to 28 inches wide (45 to 70cm).
Light exposure: Full sun to half day sun or bright part shade. In hot, humid summer regions some protection from afternoon sun is advised.
Soil: Average to moist, well-drained soil.
Uses: Excellent in the front to middle of a perennial or mixed border in small to medium sized groupings but also good for large massed plantings as a groundcover. ‘Rozanne’ has a mounding to slightly sprawling habit that is ideal for knitting together neighbouring plants. This habit also makes it useful for spilling from containers, window boxes or raised planters. Around taller specimen plants such as ornamental grasses, daylilies, hydrangeas, roses or lilies, ‘Rozanne’ is a great filler that will provide colour literally for months on end. Why look at bare soil when ‘Rozanne’ can provide the perfect touch!
Unique Qualities: the large violet-blue flowers with purple-violet veins and small white centres offer non-stop flowering from late spring/early summer until hard frost. It has one of the longest flowering periods of any of the Hardy Cranesbills with no deadheading or midsummer pruning required.
-- adapted from the Perennial Plant Association
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Flowers from the Islands..

The Toronto air has turned crackling cold, whipped by westerly gusts.

Adding the wind chill, the mercury was to dip to -25C last night.

But it is comforting to know, that we are enjoying warm weather in a few days again.

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