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Half Past Mid-Winter, Quarter to Spring

Half Past Mid-Winter, Quarter to Spring

I read somewhere today that we should name a 5th season in Calgary, because it’s so unbelievably nice out. I won’t go into details because I forget most of them already but I do remember that I was all “nuh-uh” to their claim that this […]

The Mutant Tomato

The Mutant Tomato

My Aunt bought these tomatoes on the vine, from a store in Regina, SK. They sat on her counter for two weeks by the time I got there and I spent a week so these taken around the end of the 3 week mark.

Go Play Outside!

Go Play Outside!

I was recently given a new to me Sony Digital SLR. I am in love. I’ve been super click happy, as I should be. While I love the weight, the size of images and it’s a camera that is JUST a camera – I still love my ollio clip on the phone. The down side to taking so many pictures is deciding which ones to put out there for sale. I take a lot of pictures of bugs. Who wants to buy bug pictures? I find them fascinating lately. Occasionally I get the wiggins if I’m getting too close or there are just too many. Either way, here are some new additions to my outside collection.

Bug ID UPDATED

Bug ID UPDATED

It’s a Thrip!I was watering the jungle today and noticed the big slip we cut off of Sweet Potato Experiment #1 had more action than usual happening on it’s leaves. Tiny roundish black spots which I’m sure are eggs and 1mm (if that) squirmers, some […]

Busy Day For The Bio-sphere

Busy Day For The Bio-sphere

We had a busy day yesterday! I noticed the Stink Bug sitting on the outside of the screen so I started snapping like crazy. SO many unexpected bright colors. The last one of these I saw (and first one) last year was much bigger and […]

Don’t Lick This Plant

Don’t Lick This Plant

Dieffenbachia, also known as Dumb Cane, also known as Mother In Law Plant (not sure if there is a joke or insinuation in there somewhere) have  needle like calcium oxolate crystals called Raphides. I don’t really know that licking it would be that bad but apparently chewing it can cause all kinds of malfunctions in your junctions and in that of kids and animals so keep an eye out! It can cause a burning sensation, erythema (rash), localized swelling, etc. Find out more on Wikipedia.

We were given this one along with a few others that I’m trying really hard not to kill with kindness or neglect. I think finding balance in the way you care for your plants will eventually translate to finding balance within yourself. The very act of nurturing plants on a regular basis can remove you momentarily from your daily stresses. Nurture nature, nurture you.

Questionable History

Questionable History

In case there was ever a question as to where my love for Mother Earth came from, we can look at these examples. Kids, in the late 70’s I lived in a lovely little Southern Manitoba prairie town called Melita. My mom grew up there. […]