Friday, October 24, 2008

For decoration: Oriental Bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus

Walked through the woods and found some Bittersweet twigs to decorate the garden shed.

Oriental Bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus
(Japanese Bittersweet, Asian bittersweet, Asiatic bittersweet.
In Japan, known as tsuru-ume-mo-doki.)

The vine is highly attractive as an ornamental and easy to grow and propagate.
It was formerly planted extensively in highway landscaping and for wildlife food
and cover and erosion control.
The viable fruits continue to be sold for dried flower arrangements
and are frequently disposed of on compost and brush piles,
where they can readily be spread by birds and small mammals.
Bei Kordes Jungpflanzen steht folgendes:
CELASTRUS orbiculatus
Rundblättriger Baumwürger
Sehr starkwachsender, bis 12 m hoher,
zweihäusiger Schlinger mit eirundlichen,
mattgrünen Blättern, die sich im Herbst gelb färben;
unscheinbare grünliche Blüten, aber auffallende,
tiefgelbe Früchte mit rotem Arillus, die bis weit in den Winter haften -
anspruchsloser Schlinger, der nur fruchtet, wenn männliche und weibliche Pflanzen zusammenstehen. Zone 5a.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Snow in October ..Schnee im Oktober

Toronto got an early taste of winter.
Flurries were reported at Buttonville, Toronto Island and Pearson airports.
While wet snow melted away in the city core, just north in Aurora, Barrie and Orillia there were accumulations of two to four centimetres of snow.

In Guildwood, we watched the first snow flurries with cold and windy conditions.
What is still blooming in the garden after a few frosty nights? Mini Roses, Dahlias and Snapdragons.

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