Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beautiful flower pictures from Canada Blooms 2010 in Toronto

Canada Blooms:
The Flower & Garden Festival invites everyone to visit a paradise
bursting with six acres of stunning gardens in full bloom,
more than 100,000 square feet of green thumb shopping
and more at Canada's largest and most prestigious flower and garden festival.


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Canada Post new stamps - neue kanadische Briefmarken "Picasso" and "Decelles' Avalanche"

 Spring is already in full bloom at Canada Post, with today's issuing of a pair of PERMANENT™ stamps featuring two vibrant Canadian African violet (Saintpaulia) hybrids, "Picasso" and "Decelles' Avalanche." The Saintpaulia genus has more than 1,000 hybrids developed and registered by Canadians.

"These stamps become a spring tradition for us at Canada Post," says Jim Phillips, Canada Post's Director of Stamp Services. "Since 2004, we've sold more than 45 million stamps featuring Canadian flowers." Previous issues have featured lilacs, peonies and rhododendrons.

Picasso, hybridized by Michel Tremblay, is a heavy bloomer with double flowers that are violet above and white below, with some variable white fantasy. In the violet world, "fantasy" refers to the lines or dots on a flower's petals. Decelles' Avalanche was named after its hybridizer, Yvon Decelles. The flower has red-fuchsia star blooms and medium green and cream foliage. Photographs were taken by stamp designer Isabelle Toussaint at the Montréal Botanical Garden in April 2009.


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Monday, March 15, 2010

American Robin -Turdus migratorius - Wanderdrossel

The American Robin, Turdus migratorius, also called North American Robin is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European Robin because of the male's bright red breast, though the two species are not closely related. The American Robin is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering south of Canada from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It has seven subspecies, but only Turdus migratoris confinis in the southwest is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts.

The American Robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night. Its diet consists of invertebrates such as beetle grubs and caterpillars, fruits and berries. It is one of the first bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. It is among the first birds to sing at dawn, and its song consists of several discrete units that are repeated.

Die Wanderdrossel, Turdus migratorius, ist ein Nordamerikanischer Singvogel.

Die 25–28 cm lange Wanderdrossel ist ein Vogel mit graubraunem Rücken, rötlich-oranger Brust, weißer Kehle, gelbem Schnabel, braunschwarzem Kopf und Schwanz. Während der Brutzeit wachsen dem Männchen schwarze Federn am Kopf.
Im Februar oder März kommt die Wanderdrossel in das Brutgebiet in Kanada und den USA und bricht im späten August in das Überwinterungsgebiet auf, das von den südlichen USA bis nach Guatemala reicht. Der Vogel lebt in Wäldern, offenem Farmland und städtischen Gebieten.
In seltenen Fällen kommt die Wanderdrossel auch in Europa vor.