Mar 21 2013

Peacocks Enjoy the Spring Sun

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Peacocks are tropical birds after all. When sunny Spring days finally arrive, they like to soak up the warmth…preferably in our herb garden where they can peck and preen!

Sunbathing in the warm Spring sunshine

Sunbathing in the warm Spring sunshine

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Mar 14 2013

Officially Spring on Gabriola Island

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There’s always something new to see on my walking circuit. Today it was early cherry blossoms, narcissus and crocuses, but best of all I was able to pick my first bag of nettles — soon to be streamed like spinach. And of course, Mara’s goats are always bleating for attention.

 

 

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Mar 02 2013

Harbinger of Spring #3

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primula

primula

early spring blossoms
early spring blossoms

In Nanaimo, the pink and white heather are already in bloom, as are the early¬†rhododendrons. Last weekend, I spotted these¬†spring blossoms in a friend’s garden in Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, BC.

At this time time of year, I begin to crave spring greens. Ours have been eaten by our flock of pesky feral peacocks, but wild nettles will soon be ready for gathering, very very carefully, with rubber gloves!. See “Stinging What?”

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Mar 01 2013

Harbinger of Spring #2

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spring bulb shoots

The spring bulbs are pushing up.
Daffodils and hyacinth blooms should appear any day now.
One of the joys of West Coast living is an early spring.

 

 

 

daffodil shoots

 

 

 

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Feb 28 2013

Harbinger of Spring #1

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Bees emerging

Bees emerging

It’s heartening to see bees buzzing around after a winter of confinement in their hives. Brenda, Gabriola Island’s bee lady, told me they still have several months in which they could starve to death. There’s still not much for them to eat except pollen from the aspen trees.

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