Sunday, February 26, 2012

Animalia

Since the fall we have a new visitor to our garden. She is welcome to visit but I don't want this female coyote to get too comfortable and stay permanently. 


We have a creek that runs behind the house and most likely she is using the creek as a way to move around the area. That said, I have seen her cross the street in front of the house.


I imagine her usual territory has been compromised in some way and she is looking elsewhere to set up home. The creek allows her some privacy  and of course have access to the other animals that live by it as well. I just want her to keep away from my cat.


On another note, I finally took some photos of the ducks I see while on walks along the beach area. 


I believe the ducks below are Scoters of some kind, maybe Black Scoters.


These appear to be Long tailed ducks, a mix of females and males (with the long tails).



Female Long Tailed

I am not too familiar with ducks, so if anyone out there has a differing opinion I would like to know what they really are.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gnome sweet home



Doors for gnomes! What will they think of next?

While leisurely perusing  one of my garden magazines I came across this wee article on front doors for your garden gnome's house. Usually I am not someone who goes for these types of things -apart from my concrete mushrooms - but boy I am tempted.

Made in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland Canada, a fellow named Kerry makes small doors for the homes of gnomes or elves in your garden. Kerry has been making them for eight years and has several styles to choose from, complete with windows, mouldings and door knockers. 
" If you build it, they will come", he claims. That's no small brag, but then gnomes aren't very big.

Here is a link to his site on Etsy where you can see more of his gnome doors for sale.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Winter at the Royal Botanical Garden

Every year at this time I make a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. This winter they have an exhibit on chocolate with some taste testings, if you can make it through the crowd. 

My dad and me

A visit to the Mediterranean room is also a must which holds tropical plants. This garden has its ups and downs, and this year it was ok. Some of it has to do with timing. I try to get there when the jasmine is in bloom and I always seem to miss it. Too early this year.
This year was the Glass under Glass exhibit in the Mediterranean room which features glass pieces from local artists. There were some interesting pieces which are following below. 






unknown snowdrop






shocking pink Mandevilla




gardenia




bird of paradise




Medinilla magnifica



This is what it looked like while were enjoying ourselves.It is actually snowing in the photo but it is hard to see. Needless to say the snow was gone 24 hours later.