23 May 2016

Planting and Caring for Your Hanging Basket




Fertilizing and Caring for Your Hanging Basket

17 May 2016

May, Spring and Robert Frost


May is here with apple blossoms, tulips and daffodils.  The lilacs have begun to bloom and even the peonies have opened their luscious buds to embrace the sun of spring.  My favourite season.  Robert Frost says it best in his poem Prayer in Spring which he opens with: "oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today..."


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; 
And give us not to think so far away 
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here 
All simply in the springing of the year. 

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; 
And make us happy in the happy bees, 
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. 

And make us happy in the darting bird 
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, 
And off a blossom in mid air stands still. 

For this is love and nothing else is love, 
The which it is reserved for God above 
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil. 
("A Prayer in Spring" was first published in 1915 in a collection of poetry titled A Boy's Will.)

15 May 2016

Climbing Hydrangea - Hydrangea anomala petiolaris







I'd love to give this gorgeous climber a try.  Hydrangeas are one of my absolute favourite plants so of course this climbing hydrangea is on my radar.



Climbing Hydrangea - Hydrangea anomala petiolaris: Fast growing vine once established with clusters of lace cap white blossoms in the summer. Deep green glossy foliage turns yellow in fall. Self clinging to brick or stone walls. An outstanding feature to any landscape. Height and width depends on how trained.



See the Bylands page for growing conditions and a photo.  http://www.bylands.com/plant/climbing-hydrangea-hydrangea-anomala-petiolaris#.Vzk8q8TnSbk.blogger

04 May 2016


Help for Fort McMurray Evacuees (Wildfire Forces Evacuation of City)

The incredibly devastating fire in Fort McMurray continues to burn as the entire city has been evacuated.  The city of Edmonton is expecting approximately 18,000 people to arrive and they are trickling in.  Those who flew out are beginning to arrive by bus from the airport and those who are driving are just arriving.  In Edmonton the official reception centre is Northlands which has made accommodations in two halls available for evacuees, equipped with beds, blankets, food, coffee, restrooms and showers.

The response from surrounding communities has been astounding with offers of help including accommodations for families and pets.  
There are a couple Facebook pages set up to offer assistance including accommodations, offers of pet boarding, land to park RVs, etc.  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1616840568638530/

“Canada is a country where we look out for our neighbours. Fort McMurray, difficult times, we’re going to unite around across the country,” Trudeau said Wednesday morning in Ottawa.

Fort McMurray Fire Update



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "Our thoughts are turning to our friends in Alberta...right across the country we have connections to Fort McMurray."   He offered total support saying that any help that is needed will be made available.

Across the country offers of help keep coming in from BC all the way to the maritimes.  I love this country!

As of this morning, this is the map of the affected area.



http://globalnews.ca/news/2679178/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-how-many-homes-have-been-lost-in-the-fire/

As of the last report I saw earlier this morning, the fire is moving east.  It is not believed at this time that more homes are in danger but this is said with an air of caution as the winds could shift as they did yesterday.  Firefighters continue to battle the blaze while reinforcements are on their way from surrounding communities and as far away as Ontario.




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