Forbidden Love! — The Peterborough & Area Master Gardeners

By Cheryl Harrison, Master Gardener Ok, I know that peonies may not be the trending plant but I love them! Like many grandmothers, my maternal grandmother grew peonies around her farmhouse… Their fragrance filled the air and they sprawled magnificently after a rain. I found them captivating! Peonies were first described as medicinal herbs in […]

Forbidden Love! — The Peterborough & Area Master Gardeners

Bloomin’ around noon in June — View From Casita Colibrí

Given the barrage of bad, sad, depressing, and infuriating news these days, I’m finding it difficult to string together more than a few words. However, who needs words when Mother Nature is speaking from my terrace — succulents and cactus to the rescue. Wishing all health, safety, and a bounty of […]

Bloomin’ around noon in June — View From Casita Colibrí

The Last Tulip Hurrah — Cornwall in Colours

My tulips have all but finished now. The storm on Monday night last week not only revealed another leak in the roof, but also blew away the last of the petals from most of the tulips I have grown this year. Only two remain – some White Triumphator in the raised bed and a pot […]

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cornwall in colours: white — Cornwall in Colours

After my experiment a couple of summers ago with a white bed I decided last autumn to trial some white spring flowers in this bed. So I chose some white Narcissi, white Tulips, white Chionodoxa (Glory in the snow), some mixed blue and white Muscari and white Crocuses (Snowbunting). The crocuses ended up in the […]

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Spring has sprung around Evolène, Val d’Hérens — Alittlebitoutoffocus

To stay sane and active during the virus outbreak, I’ve taken to wandering around the back of our chalet and it’s certainly very noticeable how the flowers are starting to emerge and more butterflies are on the wing. I spotted both an Orange-tip and a Camberwell Beauty, but both were too quick for me to […]

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Don’t Worry BEE Happy! — Through Open Lens

F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 320. Bumblebee Why don’t elephants use cellular phones? So the rest of the world won’t know their plans. Interesting Fact: The bumblebee tongue (the proboscis) is a long, hairy structure that extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla. The primary action of the tongue is lapping, that is, repeated dipping of the tongue into […]

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