Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year 2010...

Here’s to the new year 2010!!

Let us start fresh,
to make this the very best year ever.
A very Happy New Year to all of you!
Thank you for your visits, inspirations and comments.
Until next year!!
Ich wünsche Euch allen für das kommende Jahr
Gesundheit, Glück und ein wunderschönes Blütenmeer im Garten.
Vielen Dank für die vielen Besuche, Inspirationen und Kommentare.
Bis zum nächsten Jahr.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Downy Woodpecker- Dunenspecht (Picoides pubescens)

The Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, is the smallest woodpecker in North America.
Adults are mainly black on the upper parts and wings, with a white back, throat and belly and white spotting on the wings.
There is a white bar above the eye and one below.
They have a black tail with white outer feathers barred with black.
Adult males have a red patch on the back of the head.

This female Downy Woodpecker is not larger than 15 cm can often be found in our backyard.
Here the small bird is feeding on suetcake in front of our kitchen window.
Der Dunenspecht (Picoides pubescens) aus der Unterfamilie der Echten Spechte (Picinae)
ist der kleinste nordamerikanische Specht. Die in Nordamerika weit verbreitete Art ist sehr nahe mit dem Texasspecht (Picoides scalaris) und mit dem Nuttallspecht (Picoides nuttallii) verwandt; auch der paläarktische Kleinspecht (Dendrocopos minor) scheint von dieser Gruppe nearktischer Buntspechte abzustammen. Das Männchen ist größer als das Weibchen, höchstens aber 15 cm groß, das entspricht in etwa Sperlingsgröße.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Ornamental or flowering cabbage..

Ornamental cabbage look wonderful in fall or winter container gardens,
mixed in with mums or cyclamen.
They make a wonderful cool contrast to the warm colors in other fall blooms.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009


TODAY'S FLOWERS from around the world
can be viewed here:

"God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December."
- J. M. Barrie
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Frohe Weihnachten, GOD JUL to all of you...

Thank you to our
for creating and inviting everyone to enjoy the flowers of the world.
From home to home, and heart to heart,
from one place to another
The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.

Weihnachtsglocken klingen leise
ich schicke viele Grüße auf die Reise,
übers schneebedeckte Feld
rund um die ganze Welt und
wünsche Euch ein Frohes Weihnachtsfest!

©guild -rez pictures

Pointsettia flowers- courtesy of Sicilia Gardens, Stouffville Ontario

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2009 - Memories are forget-me-nots - a garden year to remember

Memories are forget-me-nots gathered along life's way,
pressed close to the human heart into a perennial bouquet.
Erinnerungen sind "Vergißmeinnichts",
die auf dem Lebensweg gesammelt werden
und in der Nähe des Herzens für immer verbleiben.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS - The touch of frost killed our rose "Love"

TODAY'S FLOWERS from around the world
can be viewed here:

A rose bud represents the hope and beauty of love and friendship as it blooms and blossoms.
Give someone a rose bud to show what you want to blossom in-between you. For over four weeks this beautiful rose endured rain, wind, cold nights, snow and ice until December 12, 2009.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

more Christmas decorations for our house...

Before Christmas I love to decorate inside and around our house. It is not always the most expensive decorations that make the most beautiful ones. I let my imagination flow and made two arrangements the fireplace and dining room.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nikolaus Abend - the day of St. Nicholas - TODAY'S FLOWERS

Today, I am combining two events:
TODAY'S FLOWERS created by Luiz Santilli Jr., Brazil
and Elke's Adventskalender, Germany in one post.
I hope you'll enjoy my flower pictures and attempt to shed some light on the magical figure
of Nikolaus or Santa Claus.
Heute kombiniere ich diesen Post mit Bildern und Geschichten,
TODAY'S FLOWERS und Elke's Adventskalender Event, in einem Beitrag.
Ich hoffe, dass Euch mein Beitrag über den Nikolaus und Santa Claus gefällt.
The weeks before Christmas I love to decorate baskets with
cedar, cylamen, cabbage and hydrangeas.
This basket is located on our deck and
I can see my flower arrangement from the kitchen window.
In der Vorweihnachtszeit dekoriere ich oftmals Körbe mit Zedernzweigen,
Alpenveilchen und Kohl. Dieser Korb steht auf unserer Terasse
und ich kann mein Blumenarrangement vom Küchenfenster aus sehen.

Nikolaus Abend
Der Nikolaus ist unter vielen verschiedenen Namen in der ganzen Welt bekannt:
Ursprünglich war der Nikolaus von einem bärtigen und vermummten Mann begleitet - als Knecht Ruprecht (Rupprecht) , Knecht Nikolaus, Nickel, Klaubauf (Tirol und Oberbayern), Pelznickel, Pelzmäntel, Hans Trab (Elsaß), oder Krampus oder Hans Muff wie in Österreich..
Später wurde er sogar Heiligen gleichgesetzt, dann aber vom Nikolaus getrennt und schließlich zu einem selbständigen Gabenbringer, der als Weihnachtsmann, Father Christmas (England), Santa Claus in Nordamerika oder Père Noèl (Frankreich) den Kindern entweder zu Nikolaus oder am Heiligabend oder "Begleiter des Christkindes" seine Gaben verteilt.

Der bekannteste Brauch zum Nikolaustag ist der, dass die Kinder ihre geputzten Schuhe oder auch Strümpfe am Vorabend ans Fenster oder vor die Tür stellen dürfen und der Nikolaus diese über Nacht füllt.

Ach, du lieber Nikolaus,
komm ganz schnell in unser Haus.
Hab so viel an dich gedacht!
Hast mir doch was mitgebracht?

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply "Santa", is a legendary figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve or Saint Nicholas Day. The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop's robes, today Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots.

This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, and films.

Santa Claus and his reindeer
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolf.

Information and pictures from various sources.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Visiting the Toronto Botanical Garden

Toronto Botanical Garden is a volunteer-based, charitable organization whose purpose is to inspire passion,
respect and understanding of gardening, horticulture, the natural landscape and a healthy environment.
Since its inception in 1958, the Toronto Botanical Garden, formerly The Civic Garden Centre,
has encouraged, stimulated and educated countless Canadian gardeners.
Almost 50 years later, the Toronto Botanical Garden has expanded its vision
and set a goal to become a self-sustaining urban oasis while making
Toronto the most horticulturally enlightened city in the world.

Piet Oudolf is an internationally acclaimed Dutch garden designer whose naturalistic planting style is shaking up traditional notions of border composition. Oudolf has brought his innovative ideas to many public gardens as well as the Toronto Botanical Garden, where he has partnered with landscape architect Martin Wade on a design for the Entry Garden Walk and Arrival Courtyard.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

the tree...

"Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness.
There is a poem, there is a song.
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.
When the spring comes,
It again fills the tree with the music of many leaves,
Which in due season fall and are blown away.
And this is the way of life."
- Krishnamurti
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS - Canadian Explorer Rose "Champlain"

TODAY'S FLOWERS from around the world
can be viewed here:

Canadian Explorer Rose "Champlain"
"Still in bloom--
but for how long ?"

This beautiful rose was named after Samuel de Champlain
( *1580 France -†1635 Quebec, Canada)
"The Father of New France", was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier,
explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat and chronicler.
He founded Quebec City on July 3, 1608, and served as its administrator for the rest of his life.

Diese schöne Rose wurde nach Samuel de Champlain benannt
(* 1580 Frankreich † 1635 Québec, Kanada)
Er war ein französischer Forschungsreisender und Kolonisator.
Champlain ist der Gründer von Französisch Kanada (Neufrankreich) und wurde erster Gouverneur der Kolonie.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Silent beauty in multi-hues...Stille Schönheit in vielen Farben ...

November morning..
there is still so much to see in our garden..
lovely small flowers, wet colourful leaves and a beautiful woodpecker.

November Morgen ..
es gibt immer noch viel in unserem Garten zu sehen ..
liebliche kleine Blumen, nasses buntes Laub und einer schöner Specht.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Swedish Christmas Fair in Toronto - Tack så mycket!

Every year I try to visit the Swedisch Christmas Fair in Toronto organised by SWEA volunteers.
I love the beautiful decorations, food and the sound of Christmas music.

SWEA, Swedish Women's Educational Association Inc.,
is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live or have lived abroad.
We gather to enjoy our Swedish language, background and culture.
SWEA is both a meeting point and a safety net with links all over the world,
making life abroad easier, providing support when arriving in a new place or when returning to the home land.

I bought this lovely bell wreath for our front hall.

Most of the lovely Christmas decorations are hand made by members of SWEA.
All proceeds are donated to charity.

This table included lovely swedish linens and other decorations.

Almost impossible to miss is the incredible selection of Swedish delicatessen.
My favourite Knäckebrot, Swedish Herrings and luxurious Caviar,
to appetizing Mussels, peeled Shrimps and delicious Spreads
as well as cookies and other baked goods is available to purchase.

Tack mycket!
Hoppas att besöka mässan nästa år igen.

Thank you very much!!
Hope to visit the show next year again.

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