Friday, October 24, 2008

Natural Cat Repellent

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I made a natural cat repellent with citrus fruit and used this as a deterrent.


I cut up orange peelings and spread them on the flower beds.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Japanese Angelica Tree

A  deciduous tree with 
beautiful foliage. 
 Japanese angelica tree, or Aralia elata.
The foliage will enrich any garden 
 with spiny branches  
is hardy to Canada. 

white flowers

The little white flowers
 in the fall turn into seeds.

The tree in November.

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Lavender is a perennial fragrant plant that can be dried for potpourri and many other uses as well.

Suzanne, my daughter  has lavender growing in the back yard.

We cut it and hung it up to dry to make some sachet bags.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Japanese Maple Tree

Japanese maple 
a beautiful decorative tree 
that stands out in any landscape. 
 Foliage colour changes with the season, 
and many are especially spectacular 
in the autumn. 
Japanese Maples will grow well 
in any soil type, 
and  colours will be darker in higher 
light conditions and grows 
best if protected from windy conditions.

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Pinecone Crafts

My Granddaughter, Sabrina painted these pinecones

Acrylic Craft Paint 
Water based paint makes cleaning up easy 
with soap and water.

My sister Annie made this Christmas Bell.

She painted the pinecones silver and red.
She cut a bell pattern from cardboard
 and glued the pinecones
 to it with a glue gun. 
She added glitter and shiny decorations.

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Nasturtiums are annual flowers. 
They are hardy for my region in Eastern Quebec. 
They were my Mom's favorite, She planted them each year.
Towards the Fall, the flowers turn to seeds.
The seeds can be dried and planted directly in the ground the next Spring after the danger of frost is past.
 Nasturtiums can tolerate poorer soil. 
They can be planted directly in the ground, 
also perfect for edging, hanging baskets, and beautiful when 
grown in containers for a patio or balcony garden.
Nasturtium leaves and petals are edible 
and will add flavour and colour to any salad. 

I like to use Terracotta pots,
A natural, clay pot retains moisture,
keeps plants at their healthiest.

On the plant below the seed pods are visible.
3 or 4 seeds in each pod.

The seeds below, are one day old.

These seeds below, have been dried for a few weeks.
They are ready for planting.

Variegated Leaf Nasturtium before flowering...

Seed packages are sold in many varieties.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Russian Olive Tree

Russian Olive Tree
(Elaeagnus Angustifolia)
This tree stands out in the landscape.
Silver leaves, fragrant yellow flowers and silver berries.
A popular ornamental choice among gardeners.
Birds enjoy the seeds.

This tree grew in an odd shape

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Asters are a daisy like perennial 
from the Asteraceae family.
They bloom in Autumn when all other
 flowers are fading in the garden.

This is at my sister Carol's.

 My favourite all time flower

Very hardy and low maintenance

The striking colour stand out in any garden.

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"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you,
I could walk in my garden forever."
 ~Lord Alfred Tennyson~

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pear Tree

This Pear 
Tree is a Bosc Pear.
These pears have a mild nutty flavour, 
crunchy and very delicious.

An abundant supply of Pears.

this tree is pretty in October

The tree in November

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Chestnut Trees

     The chestnut tree is one of the oldest and 
most renowned ornamental trees,
a stunning shade tree.
It can grow 40-50 ft. high. 
In late Spring it is  laden with very showy 
large cone like flowers. Usually white. 
The pink flower is more rare.
It grows well in sun to partial shade.
Does not do well in dry location.

Pink Flowering Tree

white flowering tree

Large round prickly seedpods add interest and are fascinating for Children.

The seedpods release nuts in the fall.

The nuts are seeds to grow a new tree. I have planted some and have little trees growing.

A pretty tree in Fall

The large dark green leaves are long stalked and palmate, 
five to seven leaflets join to form one leaf, 
like outstretched fingers on a hand.
 Each leaf is up to 9 inches long.

This is an Autumn leaf I dried.

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