Saturday, December 14, 2013

Season's Greetings

A winter storm has been making its way up from the Southern Plain States into southwestern and south central Ontario today. The forecast is 10- 15 cm ( about 6 inches) for most areas, but 15 to 25 cm (about 10 inches) is possible in my area since I am closer to the lake. I believe this will be the case, as I was out shoveling at lunch time today and there was already about 6 inches of snow on the ground. I will be out there again tomorrow to remove the rest of the snow off the cars and driveway, but for now I am back inside, warm and dry, after drinking a delicious hot chocolate made by my hubby who watched me plow my way inch by inch over an hour and a half ( he was stuck inside working on a weekend install for a customer - a computer thing).

A couple of photos so that you can see that there is a HO HO Whole lot of snow out there!



This will be my last post for the year. I am finding myself too busy to write new posts, or read them for that matter. 

My best wishes to all my readers for a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the New Year!



P.S. It is Sunday morning and this is the tally for the snowfall: 30 cm or about 12 inches. Looks like it may be low - I will measure the snow accumulation in my backyard later today. Now I must go shovel snow again.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Highlights of 2013

2013 was a very productive gardening year for me. I planted about 100 perennials, shrubs and trees, and oddly it still doesn't look like it made a dent in my vision. But I am very happy with my endeavors and I hope I will be as driven in 2014.

This is a look back at my garden through the seasons.

Spring



























Summer



















Fall
















Monday, November 25, 2013

An Avian Visitor

Often I wonder if they are there all along, hiding in plain sight, and I just don't see them. Or  am I some lucky gal who happened to be looking out the right window at the right time?
I have lived in this house for 12 years now and this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Towhee.

Female... Beautifully... Striking... Plumage.




The Eastern Towhee is found in eastern North America, usually in the underbrush. They are considered a large sparrow, and are smaller and more compact than a robin. They prefer wooded edges and scratch among the fallen debris on the ground in search of food.

























The male has a black back or hood, a white underbelly and rufous or red side patches that can be hidden by their wings. My visitor is a female and has a brown hood, rufous sides and a white belly.



How can I not help but admire this bird who knows a great bird bath
 when she sees one !!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Last of the Gold


My beautiful European copper beech tree at the height of its glory this fall.




and a surprise !

The wind must have circled around the bottom of the steps to create this genuine crop circle of Silver Maple leaves !