Friday, April 30, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS - Geranium Vancouver Centennial

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While shopping in one of our small variety stores in Guildwood
I found this very unusual geranium with variegated foliage.
Foliage can be compared with a Canadian Mapleleaf and the flowers are bright red.
I found the plant irresistible!! How could I resist?
Now enjoy Geranium Vancouver Centennial every day in the garden.
Research on the Internet revealed that it was named for the
100th anniversary of the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and won the
 Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spring has sprung in Guildwood..

Pictures from my walk to the Lake...

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
- Rachel Carson
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

TODAY'S FLOWERS - red and yellow tulips - celebrating the Canadian Tulip Festival

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

Every year Ottawa, capital of Canada celebrates the Canadian Tulip Festival, it is the largest festival in the world, and in 2009 has been expanded to every day of the three week period instead of just on the weekends.
The Ottawa Tulip Festival 2010 will be held from May 7 to May 24, 2010. Over these three weeks, as the tulip gardens come into bloom, concerts,
lectures, and other performances - both indoor and out - are held as the city
celebrates the arrival of warmer weather.
The festival had its start in 1945 when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in appreciation for the safe haven offered to exiled Dutch royalty and the role
Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands. In the years following 1945, the tulips became a symbol of international friendship as more and more events were planned around their blooming.