Friday, April 23, 2010

Maxi said... a little sunshine and catnip makes me happy!!

How about you?

What makes you happy?

Have a wonderful weekend! Allen ein frohes Wochenende!

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
- Vincent Van Gogh
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day 2010

It was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is -
something that we must hold in our arms and care for.

- Margaret Mead

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS - Star Magnolia "Leonard Messel"

                                                 from around the world can be viewed here:

Falling in love with 'Leonard Messel' all over again...
Three years ago I planted this beautiful Star Magnolia "Leonard Messel" in our garden.
The first flowers appear early in spring before forsythia and serviceberry bushes start to bloom.
Just lovely... Magnolia stellata, sometimes called the star magnolia is a slow growing shrub
or small tree native to Japan with large showy white or pink flowers in early spring before the appearance of the leaves. It is closely related to the Kobushi magnolia (Magnolia kobus),
and is treated by many botanists as a variety or even a cultivar of that; it is however accepted as a distinct species in the monograph cited below.

Die Stern-Magnolie (Magnolia stellata) ist eine Pflanzen-Art aus der Gattung der Magnolien. Dieser laubabwerfende Strauch stammt aus Japan und wird heute verbreitet als Ziergehölz gepflanzt. Die Stern-Magnolie stammt aus Japan: bis in die 1950er Jahre waren keine natürlichen Populationen bekannt, die wenigen gefundenen Pflanzen wurden als Gartenflüchtlinge interpretiert. So war unklar, ob die Stern-Magnolie womöglich eine in japanischen Gärten entstandene Kreuzung oder Sorte sei.
picture collage: guild-rez 2010
reference: wikipedia

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