It's been dry here for weeks, even though it has rained heavily further south in Ontario. Today was brutally hot, under the 'heat dome' they've been forecasting. There have been heat warnings for 2 or 3 days. But out for a ride this afternoon it had cooled off considerably in spite of the forecast. So I checked the radar. This is what I found.
Yes, I think we're getting rain. We'll just stay inside and watch the storm.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Recently I have taken to driving 'around the block' to explore and get some fresh air. It's not really a block but a long street that ends at a main road. I stay off the main road, as there are no sidewalks in sight. But I've got my bright fluorescent orange wide-brimmed hat for visibility. Everyone I meet likes it.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
As I'm sure you know by now, I drive repeatedly back and forth on our dead end street here. It didn't take long before I started to notice things. I'm reminded of a comment by 'Woody' on my June 1st post, that: "There's always something interesting to see and photograph, even if it was a "weed" managing to survive in the crack of a sidewalk". I've been watching for such things ever since.
Bright red Geraniums beside a driveway.
Bright pink Dwarf Lilacs.
Flowers by the front door.
Bright purple Sweet Williams - love the colour.
Beautiful pots from Mexico.
Mourning Dove family.
Fire hydrant lawn ornament - a real fire hydrant, buried 6' deep!
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Lots of things happening in the garden here at home. Mrs. F.G. has created a genuine oasis of interesting plants which are all unfolding as summer progresses. Steady sun and warmth recently has helped them. Clematis and Hostas are blooming, and Day Lilies are about to burst. Still occasional birds stopping to visit, notably the Cardinal and Blue Jay.
Canna Lily on the deck
I think this is our tiniest Hosta in bloom
Two of the new Clematis flowers
Pinks that are really pink!
Reddish-brown Pansies that I like
One of several succulents in our tiny scree garden, with gravel for mulch
Cabbage White - can you spot it?
Cardinal and Blue Jay in the grass
A month ago it wasn't the Hosta but the tiny succulent in front of it in bloom.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Mid July is the time when many summer 'weeds' burst into bloom. I'd call them wildflowers, but most people know them as weeds. Never-the-less their flowers are often beautiful, and they're an important mark of the seasons. Here's a selection, all taken along my own street, or around the block where I regularly ride.
A variety of Crown Vetch
Queen Anne's Lace
I like this one because my mother gathered it to use in her wedding bouquet.
Beautiful even before the flower unfolds.
A pretty addition to roadsides and ditches around here.
All of these plants colonize bare or disturbed ground, like the vacant lots at the end of our street. It saddens me to think that once all the houses get built these will all disappear, replaced by the uniformity of grass lawns - a stunning loss of biodiversity in a small area, at huge cost.
And where will I go to get pictures then?
Monday, July 15, 2019
Friday afternoon we drove out to Dykstra's farm to buy fresh strawberries for making jam. Mrs. F.G. has always made jam - strawberry, peach, raspberry, black currant, you name it. It's an annual summer ritual never to be broken. Even though we don't use a lot, it gets used for small thank you gifts on various occasions when a personal touch is appreciated. And my favourite, the black currant, does get used!