Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Do you listen to CBC Radio?

If you do, I would assume you are Canadian. I love CBC radio. (CBC television, I could take it or leave it). I download podcasts and listen to them when I wake up in the wee hours and can't get back to sleep.
One of my favorite programs is the Gardening Show on Mondays over the noon hour. The garden guru is Ed Lawrence, who was for years the head honcho at the governor generals residence in Ottawa. I like his style. He's a pretty laid guy and has a very folksie way about him.
Ed had some great advice for folks who are pulling their hair out over their unproductive gardens this summer. I learned that many plants have a LOT of foliage due to the lack of sun. They need all that green surface to produce chlorophyll. He is telling us not to give up hope on getting fruit from things like our squashes. Our little patty pans are producing but the hubbards haven't done a thing yet.
We get a tomato every day or two and the beans are starting to be a lot of work. I got the first batch into the freezer today.  This is the first time we have ever tried to grow eggplant.  Kind of cool isn't it?

We bought some cuc's to supplement the ones from the garden. 

The wild mushrooms are showing up!

False sunflower.  I have a love hate relationship with them.

The lilies, which I don't remember planting, are putting on a great show. There is another one that is even a darker pink than the one below. A third plant is about to pop. Two others don't have any buds. Maybe next year. 

The white phlox is going to get moved at the end of the summer. They bloomed for the first time EVER this year, but just aren't as nice as they would be with more sun. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August evening

I love August. The changing light, the cool nights.
This evening I was sitting on the side porch about 7:15. The red pines had wonderful golden glow to them. I wish we could see the sunsets here, but the hills are in the way.
I noticed that all sign of my monarchs are gone. The cocoons are done, no more eggs or larvae to be seen. Sightings of adults are scarce. I think they are on their way south.
Our whip poor will hasn't been out here singing lately either.
Later tonight I'm going to recline on the side porch and see if I can catch a peek at the Perseids.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Algonquin Sunday

We took a LONG drive into the interior of Algonquin Park today. The sign at the head of Achray Road says 72 km. It's a good 100 km. to the Observatory. We had a bit of confusion about the Observatory. There is a website devoted to that spot. There is supposed to be a nice spot there where you can get a meal. We approached a big stop sign and another sign which said entry was forbidden. So what gives on that eh?

Not too far past this is a small parking lot at an interior launch spot for canoeists. I never would have imagined there would be that many cars parked that far into the park!
It's lovely in there. This is the Petawawa River where it enters Traverse Lake. I sure wish we'd been able to see the Observatory.

There was a little beaver on the road, it slid down the embankment into this lovely pond. She was one of three playing there.