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Young Birds and Changing Seasons

The Gardeners are back from a superb week’s birding on Grand Manan (if that sort of thing interests you there is a short series of posts with photographs of birds and the like at http://www.greenbirding.ca). Anyway - here we are in the garden again and in the short time we were away things have [...]

2017-08-20T09:13:23-04:00Friday, August 18, 2017|

Seasonal changes

This week we were very much aware of seasonal plant succession as early summer blooms begin to give way to our mid-summer flowers. The dark pink lilies have now finished blooming and their place has been taken by rather splendid orange and yellow varieties with the addition of a smaller number of dark reds [...]

2017-07-29T16:18:58-04:00Saturday, July 29, 2017|

Cool Summers Grow Wonderful Gardens

At the beginning of the week we became aware of the first of this summer’s Cicadas, all “sawing” away in the trees. Very much the sound of summer for us. We are being visited by juvenile Purple Finches coming to the feeder quite regularly with their parents and by themselves. We had to move [...]

2017-07-15T13:20:20-04:00Saturday, July 15, 2017|

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|

Fireflies, Fleabane and Birds learning to be Birds

Things have slowed down a little in the garden this week on the plant front. No especially new appearances but lots of things growing rapidly and strongly with the first of the berry fruits ripening - much to the joy of the juvenile birds we are hosting. It’s amusing watching young birds learning to [...]

2017-06-24T13:56:29-04:00Saturday, June 24, 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|

Activity everywhere – and “Bee Flies”

STOP PRESS First Garden Warbler of 2017 Just half an hour before going to blog auto-distribution ... the Warbler Magnet garden waterfall has brought in its first warbler of the year. A beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler. ***************** Phew, got that in here by the skin of our teeth White-throated Sparrow [...]

2017-04-30T10:32:51-04:00Friday, April 28, 2017|

Crocuses and an Errant Rabbit

This week started off almost 20C warmer than just a week ago - the seasonal changes are so fast in North America, almost like throwing a switch to turn the lights on.  Many crocuses around this week ... splendid splashes of colour and very welcome, but on the other hand: You might think that [...]

2017-04-15T16:26:38-04:00Friday, April 14, 2017|

Territorial activity and help with identification

“They can cut all the flowers, but they can't stop the spring...”   -   Pablo Neruda. It’s been a messy week in the garden weather-wise. Not terribly cold but a promised snow dump turned out to be a bit of snow with a healthy dose of ice pellets and then rain. We are starting [...]

2017-01-28T14:26:11-05:00Friday, January 27, 2017|

Raccoons, Robins and Fireflies

When we first came to Canada in 1998 people would constantly tell us in winter that "you should have been here ten years ago - the snow was this high etc etc". We thought it quite cold and white enough, thank you very much, but now we would be making the same observations to newcomers [...]

2017-01-21T15:59:55-05:00Friday, January 20, 2017|
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