A Big Black Bee (and too many Japanese Beetles)

A mostly warm, on occasion too warm, week saw the first arrival in the garden this summer of Japanese Beetles in the usual pale pink rose they always home in on. By the end of the first day J had caught and killed 17 of them and every day since has seen similar numbers. [...]

2017-07-11T11:54:49-04:00Saturday, July 8, 2017|

Fat Berries and Birds

Another week of muggy days, heavy rain and some sunshine with swelling and ripening berries attracting juvenile birds learning their avian skills. The Amelanchier berries are always early ripeners and have attracted the attentions of both American Robins and Cedar Waxwings this week  … as you can see from the featured images on the [...]

2017-07-01T11:31:51-04:00Saturday, July 1, 2017|

Bursting Blooms

We are very much getting into the mid-June season of spectacular flowers which, in their turn, are attracting some pretty interesting insects. We think you will enjoy this week's photographs … The week started with a few horrendously hot and humid days … of course, that all depends on what your metabolism is attuned [...]

2017-06-23T14:28:58-04:00Saturday, June 17, 2017|

Snow, snow, more snow and birds

Last week we had a good area of snow-free ground and were getting excited about possibilities for the next few days despite some bone-breaking night temperatures, a distinctly colder than usual for the date -20C to start the week off … but now we have to say there is almost no gardening at all [...]

2017-03-17T16:46:19-04:00Friday, March 17, 2017|

Snowdrops and Grackles

As spring approaches (ever so cautiously) it's likely these weekly journal entries will grow in length so from here on we will split the comments up into sections, thus allowing you to skip the bits that don't interest you. Plants For some time friends in Europe have been dangling pictures in front of us [...]

2017-03-04T20:18:31-05:00Saturday, March 4, 2017|

Dopes in Winter

Quite the week for snow as winter finally starts to show signs, albeit very slight signs, of heading towards the end of its run. Days are notably longer and the sun is higher in the sky each morning. All that and it's been a good week for birds ... there are photographs below: Along [...]

2017-02-18T17:40:23-05:00Saturday, February 18, 2017|

Quite the Week

This winter's weather has seen a series of weaker than usual systems caused by erratic behaviour of the jetstream; a night or so of plunging temperatures followed by rapid warming resulting in snow freezing into solid ice followed by "nice" fluffy snow followed by ice pellets then more freezing rain turning to wet rain [...]

2017-02-11T17:15:19-05:00Friday, February 10, 2017|

Marking Time

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. ~J.R. Stockton A Note: Maybe a weekly edition is a bit ambitious in mid-winter and so, depending on what happens, we will scale back a bit and publish less frequently until the snows start to retreat … BUT, never more [...]

2017-01-14T17:58:22-05:00Friday, January 13, 2017|

Sowing Some Seasonal Seeds

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December A magical thing and sweet to remember. "We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,"   Week ending 18 December 2016 Short explanation: This venerable website has been the repository of random posts over the years, most of which have related to [...]

2016-12-18T16:12:09-05:00Sunday, December 18, 2016|

Death in the Afternoon

  The Lord High Executioner (J) is closing in rapidly on her 500th Japanese Beetle kill and has found other garden residents to help her in her task ... this crab spider was found on an Oenothera plant busily working to turn a Japanese Beetle into a healthy meal. That's what we like to see. [...]

2016-12-07T19:40:16-05:00Saturday, July 23, 2016|
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