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First to Awaken in my Garden

This year Spring may be taking it’s time to join us in Ontario but my little crocus’ have been peeking out. I am grateful that they are reminding us that while slow, spring is starting to awaken.

P_20180403_135945_vHDR_On“Always be friendly, always be kind, Like the most beautiful flower that you can find.”
― Debasish Mridha

 

 

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My favourite from 2017…

Wow. That’s a tall order to fill.

From the photo that generated the most reactions on your blog to the one that has the deepest emotional pull on you, define “favorite” in whatever way works best for you. Your chosen image doesn’t have to be one you’ve already shared in a previous Photo Challenge. Anything goes, as long as it’s a photo from 2017. If you want to share several images, that’s fine too — a “best of 2017” gallery could be fun if you can’t settle on one photo.

The photo that received the most attention was a little visitor to my garden.

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I do love this visiting bee, but it’s not my favourite moment/photo from 2017.

Perhaps this photo… I definitely am tickled pink with it. (giggle) And it was a wonderful day just hanging out taking photos with my daughter.

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But I think my favourite photo of 2017 would be one of my winter ones. I took these photos while out walking. I’m proud that this past year I continued with doing things such as walking in the cold, to work towards a healthier me.

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Thank you for visiting. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and that 2018 is full of kindness & gratefulness. 

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We’ll get a-round to it!

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Last spring while on a photo journey through the Niagara Parks, we stopped at the Floral Clock. There were so many photos to be found as we walked around the clock 😉

This week, share your take on rounded.” it’s a broad theme, so I look forward to your personal interpretations, whether you choose to focus on a curving street, limbs caught mid-way through a dance, a bowl of fruit (think of all the round shapes!), or any other object, landscape, or texture that fits within your definition of the theme. As always, less-literal takes are equally welcome.

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Layers of texture.

I am drawn in by moss. I love the colour; the texture and the layers. I love the contrast between the layers: rough rock and soft moss.

In this photo, there is the added bonus of a contrast in textures between new spring green and last fall’s leaves, once crisp but now soggy.

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This week, share with us a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like). Strata of clouds, a shirt collar peeking through a sweater, a cross-section of an onion: you can keep your interpretation as literal or as figurative as you wish.

Posted in Canada, Celebrations, garden, History, Nature, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Tulips… beautiful in every colour.

Spring has been kind to Niagara this year! Our tulips look amazing. My garden has brought me hours of joy and photographs! I’m especially delighted with the Canada Tulips!! They were cultivated to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

The individual tulips and the variety of colours in my garden are what make my heart sing. The seas of colour in the Niagara Parks are just as breathtaking!

 

 

Last week my daughter and I went down to see the displays along the Niagara Parkway. I’ll be spending many hours along Niagara Parks this year. So I’m confident this is just one of many highlighting our beauty! (In fact, this is just my small selection of tulip photos, I have a few more from this walk that I’ll share later.)

These displays of tulips (predominately red and white) are the start of the celebration of our heritage in Canada. (see below)

In a previous post about a garden of tulips, I shared why tulips are part of Canada’s yearly celebrations. (another tie to our rich heritage)

 

 

Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”

The five projects will be:

Rooted in Legacy — 10 interpretive pollinator gardens spaced along the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. They’ll stress the importance of birds, butterflies, and bees.

Rooted in Nature — providing insight into Ontario’s native plant and animal species. It launched February at the butterfly conservatory. In addition, revisions to the Niagara Glen Centre will be unveiled in July.

Rooted in Life — will feature an art exhibition at the Floral Showhouse interpreting life in Ontario over 150 years. Uses vintage pieces from Durham’s former Cullen Miniature Village collection.

Rooted in the Garden — a series of cultural and culinary programs spotlighting the botanical gardens and school of horticulture.

Rooted in Design — an amateur and professional art competition to design two high traffic flower beds at Queen Victoria Park and Queenston Heights Park, as well as the face of the Floral Clock. A commissioned piece of work will be unveiled in the fall.

Late last year, Vesey’s Seeds of Prince Edward Island donated 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to 150 communities across Canada to mark the country’s 150th birthday in 2017. The Canadian Garden Council chose the 150 communities from nearly 500 applicants.

Niagara Parks Commission ended up receiving an additional 29,000 bulbs, planted in October and now in bloom along the parkway.  SOURCE:  niagarafallsreview.ca/2017/05/02/niagara-parks-unveils-canada-150-projects