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The Peonies are Bloomin’!

The peonies are blooming in different shades and varieties. A bit late here in the sticks, but it’s been a splendi-florous week. 

Blog Photo - Garden June 2020 - RustPink Peony

Blog Photo - Garden June 2020 - White Peony 2

Blog Photo - Garden June 2020 - Deep Pink Peony opening

Blog Photo - Garden June 2020 - Garden Deep Pink Peony

Blog Photo - Garden June 2020 - White Peony with Bee legs showing in centre

Yes, those are the legs of an insect in the centre — it didn’t move so maybe it’s asleep, as this was early morning.

Happy Juneteenth and I wish you a lovely weekend,

Cynthia.

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Bees on Snowdrops

The pollinators are out and buzzing around!Blog Photo - snowdrops bunches

And since snowdrops are the only flowers blooming right now, the bees are to be found there.

Blog Photo - snowdrop bunch 3

I didn’t know snowdrops were attractive to bees and other pollinators, but there they were!

 They will have many more blooms to choose from soon, as milder temperatures have arrived in this part of Ontario.

Blog Photo - Bee on snowdrop 2

Mindful of pollinators over-wintering in the leaves and dried stems of last year’s plants, we kept the leaves on the garden beds until this week when my husband got to work with his trusty rake. I helped a little, but he said he enjoyed doing this alone, so I left him to it.

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Days Like Today…

My queendom for red bee balm blooms today!

Blog Photo - Garden - Bee Balm Splendour
Photo Credit: H. Grange

It’s one of those grey winter days here in my part of Canada. If this keeps up, I shall have to write a soliloquy to A Grey Day in Winter.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this picture by Hamlin Grange.

I hope my blogger friends are having a good day, no matter what the weather.

 

 

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An Early Winter

Nobody I know was ready for this year’s first snowfall.

Yes, we are Canadians, but recent years have spoiled us: we got used to first snowfall in December — even late December. 

Blog Photo - autumn - trees on N Road

So we were cruising along, still high on the beautiful late autumn weather when – wham! Last Monday, we got several inches of the white stuff.

Pretty, unless you have to drive in it.  And therein lay the rub: most drivers I know had not replaced summer tires with winter ones. I plead guilty.

Blog Photo - Garden in winter - snowy walls and trees

These are wintry garden scenes from much of last week. 

Blog Photo - Garden in Winter - Snowy branch

Blog Photo - Garden in Winter - snowy tree and walls

It’s not that I hate winter. I know we need it. It’s just that I don’t like driving or walking on snow and ice. 

And that sounds unCanadian, I know.