Wednesday, November 20, 2013
June album, July is going to have 160 photos on 16 pages.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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.
Posted by Maggie at 11/13/2013 08:49:00 PM
Thursday, November 07, 2013
http://cwf-fcf.org/en/do-something/contests-winners/popular-vote-monthly-contest/ You need to register and qualify to add your own photos. Since I am a support of CWF and have been for years, I get their calendars. There is some excellent photography on them.
Last week I received milkweed seeds from Dave Dube in Oregon. He grew the milkweed seeds because he was interested in restoring habitat for Monarch butterfllies. This is something I am interested in doing as well. I have pots out on the garden - 6 with the Davis, showy milkweed and 8 with the other kind he sent. In the house, next to my light garden, I have 12 pots with seeds that should germinate soon. I have 12 more of the Davis seeds being stratified in the fridge. If my plants grow and I get enough of them to support a few monarchs I will get some monarchs for release. I do hope I can sp0ecify the gender. I will look into it through butterfly gardens in Sidney. Hopefully, they will be able to supply the butterflies to me. I am quite excited about this project. We have some information and links to Dave's you tube videos in our Community called Butterflies are Free, on Megashot.net. Come join us. Registration on the site is free. We have contests, communities, critiques, and more. There will be a Version 2 of the site, that will be just as user friendly, with all of the proposed features completed plus some new ones. Here is the Butterfies are Free Monarchs discussion: http://www.megashot.net/mega/ms-full-comm_forum-details.php?keythread=eed1d47804acf98ce0708a15509bb53a&threadval=c6f033cf7070e048e7051e3365fd1f13&forumthreadId=230&forumkeyId=538
November in the rain is all about planning for next year. Along with the Milkweed project, I hope to find some more of the Canadian wild flowers for my garden. While reading the Saanich website, I have found so much information about endangered species, where to find the wildflowers, how to protect any tree you have in your 'urban forest'. Here is a start to explore: http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/parks/trees/treebylaw.html
I just noticed that our Mayor has declared November 3 as tree planting day. Well... I missed it, drat!
Posted by Maggie at 11/07/2013 05:06:00 PM