Friday, December 28, 2012

Provincial Post - Manitoba Prairie Crocus

Last winter I began a series of posts called Provincial Posts where I showcase one of Canada's provincial flowers. As it is now officially winter (I have snow, about 4 inches of fluffy real snow) I thought to reprise these posts.

The Prairie crocus or Pulsatilla patens was adopted as the provincial flower of Manitoba  in 1906. The province decided to do something creative and asked school children to vote on their choice of flower to represent the province.

Photo courtesy of Nature North

Also known as Anemone patens, the Prairie Crocus flower blooms in early spring before the snow melts on the prairie. Beautiful mauve to purple blossoms appear first and reach a height of 6 inches. The plant blooms for about two weeks and prefers to open its blossoms when the sun is out. When the leaves emerge this native perennial grows to one and a half feet tall.  Both the sepals and especially the stems of the crocus are covered in long silky hairs that shine brilliantly in the sun. The basal leaves that emerge as the flowers are failing are in three's and are finely dissected. The undersides of the leaves are also covered in silky hairs.

Bees are the primary pollinators of the Prairie crocus. Halictid bees are known to pollinate the crocus (Agapostemon texanus texanus and Halictus rubicunda). The seeds are produced by June and in ideal moist conditions can germinate right away. Otherwise the seeds go dormant and wait until next spring to germinate. By mid July in Manitoba the crocus begins to die back, just as most other perennials are coming into their prime.

Prairie crocus is in the family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Canada and the United States. Plants in Eurasia tend to have more variety in colour than our native crocus. Common names include Eastern pasqueflower, prairie smoke, prairie crocus, and cutleaf anemone.

Photo courtesy of Nature North

Where the heck is Manitoba?

It is the province in bright fuschia

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Peace and Joy and Happiness to all of my readers.

Happy Holidays to you and my sincere wish for a wonderful New Year.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Gift in Tones of Pink

I received a gift the other day, a pot of ornamental cabbage.

I have seen ornamental cabbage in pictures but never had any myself. Now I do. 

My generous gift will live for a few more months, probably dependent on the weather.

This plant is prettier than I ever thought - if I had considered that at all.

Now it adorns my front stairs and brightens my day.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What do You do when you run out of photo storage ?

it is hard not understanding how some things work.

I have run out of storage for my photos and am trying to figure out what to do next. Yes, google says I can pay for extra storage, but it also says I can get additional free storage of 5 GB on google drive. So I install google drive, save my photos in a folder within and do what I believe I need to do to get these photos in my post. But of course it does not work.

My question to you is, what do you do to increase your storage for photos and video?