Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year...

“Here's to the bright New Year,
and a fond farewell to the old;
here's to the things that are yet to come,
and to the memories that we hold.”

(picture by NASA and Gisela Bach)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2008 in review - 2008 ein Rückblick



After a very cold January..we enjoyed a trip to the Carribean with sun, warm breezes and beautiful flowers.

Nach einem kalten Januar. eine Reise in die Karibik erfreute uns mit Sonne, Wind und herrlichen Blumen.


In March, I visited 'Canada Blooms' flowershow and exhibition.
Im März, besuchte ich 'Canada Blooms' Blumenaustellung.






In April, the first Daffodils bloomed and I planted some colourful pansies in the garden.
Max, our cat enjoyed the warm spring sunshine as well.

Im April blühten die ersten Osterglocken und ich pflanzte bunte Stiefmütterchen im Garten.
Max, unser Kater genoss die warme Frühligssonne sehr.



More spring pictures from May 2008... Noch ein paar Frühlingsfotos vom Mai 2008..




Finally im June, I was able to view the beautiful flowers and plants in the garden.
Endlich im Juni konnte ich meine herrlichen Blumen und Pflanzen bewundern.

July - August 2008

Rose of Sharon, Sedum and the first "Winky Pinky" Hydrangea flowers bloomed.

More summer pictures..


Flower impressions from our trip to Germany and Sweden!
Many beautiful gardens and farmers markets displayed a variety of plants and flowers.
I loved all the flowers and enjoy looking at my pictures from our journey.
Blumen Impressionen von unserer Reise nach Deutschland und Schweden.
Viele herrliche Gärten und Märkte zeigten eine grosse Anzahl von verschiedenen Pflanzen und Blumen. Mir gefielen alle Blumen und ich betrachte jetzt gern die Fotos von unserer Reise.


I created my first fall decorations, a wreath with Hydrangea and Sedum flowers!
The wreath decorated the front of our house until December.
Max, our cat is always close by to watch my activities.

Ich habe meinen ersten Herbstkranz mit Blüten von Hortensien und Fetthennen hergestellt.
Er verzierte unseren Hauseingang bis kurz vor die Adventszeit.
Max, unsere Katze ist immer in der Nähe und beobachtet meine Aktivitäten.


Summer passed quickly, temperatures arguably too cool, and there was much rain. Autumn was the most agreeable season with warm temperatures, clear blue skies, and mother Nature presented her magically tinted forests.
Pictures shows the beautiful coloured maple trees in region of the Kawarthas, Ontario.

Der Sommer verging viel zu schnell, Temperaturen waren zu kühl und es regnete viel. Der Herbst war die beste Zeit mit warmen Temperaturen, klarer blauer Himmel und die Natur zeigte uns die herrliche bunten Wälder.
Die Fotos zeigen die bunt gefärbten Ahornbäume der Kawarthas in Ontario.




Late fall provided many warm colours in our garden.
In unserem Garten zeigte der Spätherbst noch einmal seine warmen Farben.

New decoration for our front door. With a few cedar sprigs and some oat grass the red heart looks lovely and greets our visitors. The decorative container arangements show many different elements. Some items I collected during my hikes along the bluffs. The colourful cabbages add some more interest too.

Neue Dekoration für unseren Hauseingang. Das rote Herz wurde mit kleine Zedernästchen und Seegrass dekoriert. Es begrüsst nun unsere Gäste. Die beiden Pflanzkörbe und Zinkwanne zeigen viele unterschiedliche Materialen. Viel davon habe ich während meinen Wanderungen gesammelt. Der Winterkohl bringt noch mehr Farbe dazu.




November 2008.

The first snowfall in Guildwood.. Der erste Schneefall in Guildwood.

December 2008
As we celebrate the last Sunday of Advent, Christmas and New Year's Eve
I wish you all the Best !!
Please come back for a visit and join me on my journey through 2009.
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Wir feiern den bald den 4. Advent, Weihnachten und Sylvester.
Ich wünsche Euch allen ein frohes Fest
und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr.
Freue mich über alle Besuche und hoffe, dass Ihr mich wieder begleitet,
bei meinen Wanderungen durch 2009.


Zu Neujahr
Will das Glück nach seinem Sinn
Dir was Gutes schenken,
Sage Dank und nimm es hin
Ohne viel Bedenken.
Jede Gabe sei begrüßt,
Doch vor allen Dingen:
Das, worum du dich bemühst,
Möge dir gelingen.

Wilhelm Busch, (1832 - 1908),

Sunday, December 14, 2008

2 TODAY'S FLOWERS posts with Christmas pictures and Flowers



TODAY'S FLOWERS TEAM
DENISE B. CASTRO PHOTO&GRAPHIA
LAERTE PUPO IPSIS PHOTOS wrote...

I'D LIKE TO INVITE ALL OUR FRIENDS TO POST TODAY (14)
OR (AND) NEXT WEEK (21) PHOTOS ABOUT CHRISTMAS.

WE WILL RETURN ON JANUARY 4th
THANKS FOR ALL


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TODAY'S FLOWERS ..Primrose - Primeln - Primula - Primulaceae







Primula is a genus of 400–500 species of low-growing herbs in the family Primulaceae. They include primrose, auricula, cowslip and oxlip.
Many species are grown for their ornamental flowers. They are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, south into tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and in temperate southern South America.
The word primula is the Latin feminine diminutive of primus, meaning first prime, applied to flowers that are among the first to open in spring.

Primrose - primula spring planting in front of our house. (2007)



This picture shows a modern Primrose primula cultivar.
I love to have primulas in our livingroom.

Die Primeln (Primula) sind eine Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Primelgewächse (Primulaceae).
Etwa 500 Arten gehören zu dieser Gattung.
Der Name Primula lässt sich mitErstlingsblumeübersetzen
(lat. prima = die erste), was auf die frühe Blüte hinweist.
Der deutsche Name Schlüsselblumen für einzelne Arten kommt von der
Ähnlichkeit des Blütenstandes weniger Arten mit einem Schlüsselbund.



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Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Gift for Christmas... Garden to Vase ..

A gift for Christmas!

Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers
By Linda Beutler
Photographs by Allan Mandell
As an accomplished gardener and professional florist, Linda Beutler offers unique insights into creating inspired floral arrangements and growing the plants that go into them. Among the topics that Beutler discusses are the philosophy of floral design; making creative use of plants you're already growing; techniques of harvesting and preparing cut flowers; "bouquet basics"; and creating arrangements for special occasions.
The book culminates in "Plants for the Cutting Garden: Flowers, Foliage, and Fruit," which contains detailed descriptions of more than 200 outstanding plants. Adding greatly to the book's appeal and usefulness are Allan Mandell's breathtaking photographs of flowers in every stage from the garden to finished arrangement.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

TODAY'S FLOWER ... Poinsettia- Euphorbia pulcherrima



The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the US in 1828. The alternative names for the poinsettia are: Cuetlaxochitl (in Nahuatl mexican language), Mexican flame leaf, Christmas star, Winter rose, Noche Buena, Lalupatae, Atatürk çiçeği ("Flower of Atatürk", in Turkey), Αλεξανδρινό (Alexandrian, in Greece), Pasqua and Stella di Natale (in Italy).
Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly named poinsettia, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico, and native to the Pacific coast of the United States. The shrub occurs in some parts of central and southern Mexico, and a few localities in Guatemala.
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Der Weihnachtsstern (Euphorbia pulcherrima), auch Adventsstern, Christstern oder Poinsettie genannt, ist eine Pflanzenart aus der Gattung Wolfsmilch (Euphorbia) in der Familie der Wolfsmilchgewächse (Euphorbiaceae). Weihnachtssterne sind aufgrund der auffälligen, intensiv gefärbten Hochblätter (Brakteen), die sternförmig angeordnet sind, begehrte Zimmerpflanzen. Oft werden die Hochblätter fälschlicherweise für Blütenblätter gehalten.




Der von Gärtnern gelegentlich noch verwendete Namen Poinsettie leitet sich vom früheren botanischen Gattungsnamen Poinsettia ab. Dieser Name Poinsettia ist wiederum nach dem amerikanischen Botschafter in Mexiko, Joel Roberts Poinsett, benannt, der die Pflanze Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts in die USA einführte.

Information: Wikipedia
A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU
Free Documentation License".
Pictures by Gisela Bach 2008





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Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas at our local Sheridan Nurseries in Scarborough

Spring, summer, fall or winter I love to visit
Sheridan Nurseries in Scarborough.
At Christmas the beautiful decorations,
including decorated Christmas trees, elaborate arrangements,
ready made wreath, many different tree ornaments and fresh flowers
overwhelm me every time.
Come with me for a walk through the garden center at Christmas time...








Hope you enjoyed my pictures..



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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

candles, stars and hearts.. are my favourite things..


Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam.
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze.
For the holidays you can't beat home, sweet home.

Christmas decoration inside our house welcoming our visitors.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

TODAY'S FLOWER ..Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)



Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
To all my visitors and friends around the world.
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.-
Ada V. Hendricks


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