Cryptomeria japonica), in the woodland garden. You see the tops of the trees over the garage roof. The Japanese cedar stays this reddish bronze color all winter and in the spring turns green again. It is a big tree that is aging gracefully. Its too bad that the needles sometimes dry out and hang onto the tree. I brush them off on the lower branches, but the higher ones will have to take care of themselves. I must do a photo study of this tree. It likes acid soil, so perhaps I could under plant it with blue or white azaleas. At the moment there is a shrub with white blossoms that have the fragrance of orange blossoms. This little shrub is everygreen and looks good under the sweeping boughs of the cryptomeria. I believe the lovely little shrub is a choisya. In the spring and summer, this area has quite a lot of self seeded dames rocket, in purple and white.
Yesterday, I was out in the garden for a couple of hours and raked leaves off of the rock plants, thyme circle and other perennials. I put the leaves on the grass path and mulch them with the mover. I don't know where the leaves went, but I did not have much mulch in the mower bag. There will be more leaves to fall, of course and more leaf mulch to make.
With the clean up of the deer pasture across the street from us by the Saanich Parks department I have been haunting the Parks website to learn about the Urban Forest Stategy. It is all very interesting and I enjoy following links to all kinds of good information. One of the links led me to a place that sells wild flower seeds. It is in Ontario. The company has 3 or 4 kinds of Milkweed seed for sale. I have some seed for milkweed that I hope to grow into enough food for monarch butterfly larvae. Thanks for the seed, Dave. My first ones have sprouted. Planted them on November 3. They are in plastic containers next to the light garden. I have a few being stratified in the fridge, but I have the majority of them planted in pots that sit out on the garden. I hope to see them in the spring in the natural order of growth. I am happy to see that these plants are not banned in Canada. I found no mention of them on such list in Saanich, particularly. So, when my plants get leaves, I hope I can get some monarchs, and then hope that the monarchs are enticed to stay and lay eggs. Well, that is next year's project.