Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; May 17, 2020

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made 
while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.

~ H. Fred Dale

Front porch - view from my chair 

This week in the garden

by Leslie Cox; Saturday; May 16, 2020

It has been the week for peonies to break their buds. The tree peonies, at any rate…and my mother-in-law’s beautiful red herbaceous peony. The rest of the herbaceous peonies and John’s Itoh ‘Bartzella’ are waiting in the wings to carry on the show. Especially after the rain we are getting today is likely to flatten most of the flowers which are presently open. Or at least, the branches will be bent down so low the flowers will not show off to their best advantage.

Heartbreaking really. You anticipate the peony buds opening for days…and days…only to have a downpour shorten your floral pleasure. Such is gardening.

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Foto Friday

by Leslie Cox; Friday; May 15, 2020

There is a young bald eagle which lives in our neighbourhood. Its white head feathers are just starting to come in so it is only 2, coming up 3 years old. At this time of year, the other birds are on high alert because the eagle has been coming too close to their nests filled with youngsters. It is quite impressive to see one or two small birds chase off an eagle. Had one Brewer’s blackbird doing just that this afternoon. 

Imagine a small blackbird who is only 9 inches (22.9 cm) tall, weighs a mere 2.2 oz (63 g) and has a wingspan of 14.7 inches (37 cm) being capable of chasing off an eagle who is 40 inches (101.6 cm) tall, weighs a massive 13.9 lb (6.3 kg) and has a wingspan of 7.6 ft (2.3 m).

Earlier this week, two Brewer’s blackbirds put the run on a great blue heron and that heron was really moving as it tried to get away.

Goes to show there is no parent more ferocious than one who is defending its young…no matter the size difference.

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