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Corpse Plant

Monotropa uniflora Also called the ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is a perennial wildflower named from its shape and its pure, pale white colour. Unlike most other plants, this species does not produce chlorophyll, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. As a result, it is completely white (including its stem and scale-like [...]

2018-08-16T12:17:12+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Morning light – autumn approaches

Summer is closing down from today ... Every year about this date in early August something happens to the morning light in the garden and the air is filled with the sound of Cicadas with their clockwork running down and of young Blue Jays being rude to each other. Summer is starting to put [...]

2018-08-10T16:29:49+00:00Friday, August 10, 2018|

Indigo Bunting – The Scottish Connection

Passerina cyanea - Indigo Bunting During an expedition to the arboretum primarily focussed on high summer forest flowers (yes, there are some) we happened upon an Indigo Bunting singing from a high point of "the branchery" and realised there was another just behind us and a third singing close by. It's not often you [...]

2018-08-03T15:41:02+00:00Thursday, August 2, 2018|

Eastern Comma Butterfly

Polygonia comma - Eastern Comma Butterfly Appeared in the wildlife garden late afternoon and spent some time flying around the pool, settling here and there as it took the fancy. Several times alighted on the bark of a maple tree - see comment below about sap feeeding. Generally uncommon, the Eastern Comma is rarely [...]

2018-07-28T17:15:38+00:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|

Northern Flicker

An early feeding trip for a local family of Northern Flickers brought three of them together into the garden this week. They were especially interested in insects lurking amongst the stones on "the beach". Flickers are, for whatever reason, exceptionally nervous birds that fly away if anyone comes closer to them than they deem [...]

2018-07-27T08:50:58+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

American Goldfinch on Cosmos

Looking out from the shade at the garden and deciding that, yes, is was too hot to go out into the sun this lovely American Goldfinch (aka: Sherbet Lemon Bird) homes in on these Cosmos flowers that were previously standing tall and upright. A summer delight. EXIF data [...]

2018-07-21T19:31:28+00:00Saturday, July 21, 2018|

European Common Blue – Again!

Polyomattus icarus Although there are a dozen or more native hairstreak butterflies in southern Quebec, the one we seem to get most regularly in the garden is the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) that arrived in Canada not many years ago in the vicinity of Mirabel airport to the north of city and has [...]

2018-07-19T14:21:45+00:00Thursday, July 19, 2018|

Native Meadow Flowers

A corner of the town's milkweed meadow has started showing a nice collection of other flowering native plants that are looking especially fine in thie period of hot and dry sun. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC [...]

2018-07-10T14:48:21+00:00Tuesday, July 10, 2018|

Catalpa Tree Flowers

"A tree full of orchids" The Catapla tree is such showy thing when in bloom that is is hard to believe that it is not a native species - this sort of thing is usually imported horticultural folly. Nevertheless, we need have no qualms about having one in our wildlife garden - though it [...]

2018-07-08T11:05:21+00:00Tuesday, July 3, 2018|

A Cool Stream on a Hot Day

"Phew, What a Scorcher" Something has happened this week and the climate change process has gone into overdrive with air that's supposed to be sitting on the Gulf of Mexico having migrated north to sit over Quebec - at the moment we have had three successive days with temperatures in the mid-30s and humidex [...]

2018-07-05T14:06:17+00:00Monday, July 2, 2018|