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saving the bees

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A while ago a friend of mine gave me an interesting ‘save the bees’ planting card. The white bee-shaped card is embedded with seeds. These seeds, if planted, will grow into wildflower species the bees like.

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As you may know, bee populations are struggling. Since bees pollinate plants, they are responsible for the continued success of all the plant species we rely on. The ecosystem is like a tangle of connected threads and the loss of any one connection is a loss to the system.

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Yesterday I planted my seed card in my deck box. I will let you know what grows!!! I am also a believer in leaving wild flowers to flourish on my property. I only mow once a year, I never use pesticides and dandelions are my friends.

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The Save the Bees card is from www.beebythesea.com a source of natural products . For more information about helping the bees, see Buzz About Bees at

https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/save-the-bees.html

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All my best!

Jane

Written by jane tims

July 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

volunteers

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I forget to mow.

Volunteers

shoulder in

from every side.

Burnished trumpets of daylilies,

cerulean forget-me-nots,

pagodas of bugleweed

overtake green.

I forget to mow.

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All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

June 18, 2018 at 11:42 am

flowers along the sidewalk 5-10

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flowers along the sidewalk in Saint-Xandré (image from Street View)

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Day 5-10 1 Logbook

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Day 5-10 1 map

map showing distance travelled (map from Google Maps)

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On May 9, I took my virtual bike along the streets of a town called Saint-Xandré.  The sidewalks were planted with roses and flowers the color of petunias.  I could ‘smell’ their spicy scent as I peddled by …

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flowers and greenery line the main streets of Saint-Xandré (image from Street View)

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Since I can never get close enough to identify the flowers, I just imagine they are similar to flowers found here at home.   As I passed one yard, the heady smell of white lilacs filled the air …

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these flowers remind me of the white lilacs in our yard at home (image from Street View)

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One of the houses reminded me of how I would like our cottage to look.  I love the calmness of the greens on the shutters of this house …

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a charming house with cottage appeal (image from Street View)

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We have a way to go before our cottage looks like the one above.  We have just installed our big front window and will finish the siding later this spring.  Our cottage started its life as a shed.  We intended to build something bigger, but as time went by, we realised –  it is the perfect size for us …

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our cottage/camp/cabin at the lake is under construction

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Best View: pots of flowers along a street in Saint-Xandré …

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

June 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

maple blossoms

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This week, as Red Maple (Acer rubrum) flowers bloom, the woodland blushes scarlet.  In the driveway, a tree-shadow of blossoms has begun to form, as the flower clusters reach their peak and then drop to the ground.

Each flower is a puff of reddish-pink bracts surrounding the male and female flower parts.  The stamens (the male part of the flower) consist of a thin filament topped by a dark anther where the pollen is formed.  The pistil (the female part) is made of a style topped by a stigma; once fertilised by pollen, the maple seeds will form here.  Red maple flowers may have both stamens and pistils, or may be only male or only female.  The flower looks like a tiny fireworks, the burst-effect created by a bundle of stamens or stigmas.

When I went to Dalhousie University in Halifax, I always loved the flowering of the Norway Maples (Acer platanoides) in spring.  Their flowers are green and most people mistake them for new leaves.  I used to wonder what the ecosystem consequences might be if the flowers were bright orange or purple instead of green.

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red maple blossoms

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across brown sky

strontium bursts of bright

sparks bloom

against dark

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©  Jane Tims 2012

Written by jane tims

April 23, 2012 at 6:42 am

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