Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent candles are burning...Adventskerzen brennen...

A day, can hardly be more beautiful,
 than in Advent with candle light.
Ein Tag, er kann kaum schöner sein,
als im Advent bei Kerzenschein.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Advent, Advent ..Three candles are burning...

Each hope is a light on time,
Each light a hope for the eternity.

Jede Hoffnung ist ein Licht auf Zeit,
Jedes Licht eine Hoffnung für die Ewigkeit.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Advent, Advent ...two candles - zwei Kerzen...

The Advent season begins in the heart
of every person.
Light is something that unfolds inside
and radiates outward.
Die Adventszeit beginnt in den Herzen
eines jeden Menschen.
Licht ist etwas, das sich im Inneren entfaltet
und nach außen strahlt.
© Gudrun Kropp

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Advent 2013 - Hope is an everlasting candle...

I wish all my blog visitors a very peaceful Advent season.
Ich wünsche meinen Blog Gästen, eine friedliche Adentszeit.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Flowering wild grasses - Blühende Wildgräser ...

Wild grasses provide beautiful accents most of the year.
My pictures show American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata).

Ammophila breviligulata (American beachgrass or American marram grass) is a species of grass that is native to eastern North America, where it grows on sand dunes along the Atlantic Ocean 
and Great Lakes coasts. 
Beachgrass thrives under conditions of shifting sand, sand burial, and high winds; it is a dune-building grass that builds the first line of sand dunes along the coast. 
Strandhafer (Ammophila) ist eine Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Süßgräser (Poaceae). Amerikanischer Strandhafer (Ammophila breviligulata Fernald), kommt an der Atlantikküste Nordamerikas von Neufundland bis North Carolina 
und an den Großen Seen vor.

Pictures below:
Common Reed or Phragmites are seen in many areas in Ontario. 
Very attractive wild grass but considered very invasive. Phragmites are so difficult to control that one of the most effective methods of eradicating the plant is to burn it over 2-3 seasons. The roots grow so deep and strong that one burn is not enough.
Das Schilfrohr -Phragmites, australis ssp. australis 
wird bis zu vier Meter hoch
Sind Wasserversorgung und Nährstoffangebot günstig, 
verdrängt er durch seine Dominanz andere Wildkräuter und Gräser, 
wie meine Foto zeigen.
 Pictures taken today in Bluffers Park, Scarborough Ontario
More pictures from my walk along the shoreline of Lake Ontario 
can be viewed here:
Guildwood Village Blog
Pictures by guild-rez 2013
Reference: Wikipedia
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The first snow flakes...Die ersten Schneeflocken...

Today's Flowers ...
Flowers from around the world can be found here:
Showing my first snow pictures...
Zeige meine ersten Schneefotos...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

For Today's Flowers event - November 16, 2013

Flowers from around the world can be found here:

I am very pleased to be your guest and friend of TODAY’S FLOWERS  event.
Please take the time to visit all participants.
Thank you!!

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find 
reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  

There is a symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, 

...the folded bud ready for the spring.  

There is something infinitely healing 
                                                   in the repeated refrains of nature--
                                                      the assurance that dawn comes after night... 

                                                     ....and spring after the winter.  

The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world...
are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, 
sea and sky and their amazing life."  

-   Rachel Carson (1907-1964)     
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Few monarchs in Eastern Canada...

During summer and  fall I noticed only a few Monarch butterflies in our garden and parks. Visitors to our Guild Park asked where are the Monarch butterflies?

I know that we have a small colony of  Monarch butterflies below the Scarborough Bluffs. But after three years of heavy traffic along the service road I counted only four butterflies. 
But with habitat loss caused by the very invasive dog-strangling vine besides other factors, numbers of the Monarch butterflies are dwindling. 
Dog-strangling vine belongs to the milkweed family. The vine is similar enough to the common milkweed that monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on it. Given a choice between the two plants, the butterflies will lay approximately 25% of their eggs on the Dog Strangling Vine. All of the resulting larvae die. 

I believe every gardener can play a very important role to help Monarch butterflies by planting milkweeds in their gardens.

Buddleja davidii, butterfly-bush, flowering sedum and milkweed provide important nectar for bees and nectar-seeking insects, and a larval food source for Monarch butterflies and their relatives, as well as a variety of other herbivorous insects.

“In real estate it’s location, location, location and for monarchs and other wildlife it’s habitat, habitat, habitat”, said Chip Taylor, Director of Monarch Watch. 
Monarch Watch ( started in 1992 as an outreach program dedicated to engaging the public in studies of monarchs and is now concentrating its efforts on monarch conservation. 

Monarch picture taken in Rosetta McClain Garden, Toronto 
® guild-rez
CBC reported in September 2103 - please visit the link below...

Few monarchs in eastern Canada this year. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Guild Park ... Brassica oleracea, edible cabbages and kale - Ornamental Kohl und Grünkohl

Very colourful and impressive fall planting
with ornamental and kale cabbage, (Brassica oleracea)
at the entrance of  our Guild Park . 

Please visit all participants and comment on their beautiful flower pictures.

Ornamental cabbage and kale are in the same species,
Brassica oleracea, as edible cabbages and kale.
They are the result of hybridizing and, although they are still edible,
they aren't as tasty and tender as their cousins. Although sometimes referred to as flowering cabbages,
it’s the leaves that give the plants their colour and interest as ornamentals. 

Ornamental Kohl und Grünkohl,  Brassica oleracea, sind Artengleich, mit dem essbaren Kohl und Grünkohl. Sie sind das Ergebnis der Hybridisierung, sind immer noch essbar, aber nicht so lecker und zart wie ihre Vettern. Obwohl, manchmal als blühender Kohl bezeichnet, es sind die Blätter, die den Pflanzen ihre Farbe und das Interesse als Zierpflanzen geben.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Visiting - Besuch - Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough (Toronto)

Do you have any nuts??
Hast Du ein paar Nüsse??

Aralia alata (= A. mandshurica) - Japanischer Angelikabaum (Araliaceae)
Aralia alata (= A. mandshurica) - Japanischer Angelikabaum (Araliaceae)
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