Saturday, October 18, 2008

Today's Flower is Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (Black Eyed Susan)




Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima.
Widespread in most of North America
from Newfoundland to British Columbia, south to Alabama and New Mexico;
naturalized Washington to California.
Daisy like flowers of golden yellow with striking button eyes.
A care-free, super hardy perennial that is heat, drought, insect and disease resistant.
Rudbeckia: it is named in honour of the Swedish scientist Olof Rudbeck the Younger. Named by whom? Rudbeck's pupil, Linnaeus.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Just before the death of flowers..




"Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow."

My last hibiscus flowers...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Celebrating the beautiful Kawarthas and Thanksgiving


A beautiful warm and sunny Thanksgiving weekend is behind us and
here are my pictures from our trip to the region of the Kawarthas.

The Kawartha lakes are a band of lakes in south-central Ontario, Canada. They generally include the lakes north of Lake Ontario and east of Lake Simcoe, about as far as Belleville. "Kawartha" is an anglicization of a the word "Ka-wa-tha" (from "Ka-wa-tae-gum-maug" or Gaa-waategamaag), which was obtained during the 1950s by representatives of the Village of Bobcaygeon from the Indian Elders at Curve Lake.
It was hoped that the word Gaa-waategamaag, which means "shining waters" in the Anishinaabe language, would provide a convenient and popular advertising label for the area, much as "Muskoka" had come to describe the area and lakes north of Gravenhurst. The Trent-Severn Waterway makes its way through many lakes in the main chain; many cottages dot the lakes' shorelines some of which are quite large in size,
and the region is most known for its recreational tourism.

Die Kawartha Lakes sind eine Seengruppe in Ontario, Kanada. Zu ihnen gehören die Seen nördlich des Ontario- und östlich des Simcoesees. Der Trent-Severn Waterway ist ein Kanal, der die Georgsbucht (Georgian Bay) mit dem See Ontario verbindet
und führt durch viele Seen.
Viele Ferienhäuser liegen an den Seen. Haupteinnamequelle ist der Tourismus. Folgende Seen werden zu den Kawartha Lakes gezählt: Balsam Lake, Cameron Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Pigeon Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Chemong Lake, Stony Lake, Clear Lake, White/Dummer Lake, Katchewanooka Lake, Rice Lake and Salerno Lake.



City of Bobcaygeon in the Kawarthas with Trent Severn lock.

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