- I live in southern Alberta. Have a small gardening business.I'm 46, male and still single.lol
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14 Sep 2017 14:19
Hello Dovefromabove, Busy-Lizzie and GWRS,
Thanks for your comments. Second day of rain, I hope Waterton is getting it as well. Very chilly and had to turn the heater on in the GH, my Tomatoes are ripening fast right now.
13 Sep 2017 13:16
Hello all, after the hottest and smokiest summer on record, we are suppose to get snow tomorrow. Then it will warm up again. Southwestern part of the province is up in flames and prairie fires to the east. Here's a bit of what's going on south of my city.
Today I think I will dig up my Santa Cruz Begonias and bring them into the house for the winter.
The town of Waterton, south west corner of province
A southern Alberta prairie fire two days ago
05 Sep 2017 14:37
Hello Guernsey Donkey2,
Sure, you can name me the bird man, just not the crazy bird man. Oh, actually I have two ladies (sisters) across my street, I named them the crazy cat ladies several years ago. lol And their cats follow me all around my yard, every day, every single day.
05 Sep 2017 14:30
Martin, I really like that seed catcher you have made. I always have a big mess to clean up every spring.
I'm always happy to hear the Nuthatches coming to me. I love listening to them. We have the small red and larger white breasted.
Sparrows were crazy in the backyard yesterday afternoon.
04 Sep 2017 14:28
Wonderful little birds! Yesterday I finished beheading my sunflower plants and perched all the heads along my bird feeding bench and in my Mountain Ash tree. Now the birds can peck away at them.
Along the river I have a group of young ducks that always show up for some seed. For a while I felt sorry for one that was always chased off by the others. One day I patiently waited for it to eat from my hand. So now the little beggar sneaks up behind me and grabs hold of my shoe laces and tugs until I bend down with a hand full of seed.
30 Aug 2017 23:55
Thanks all. Today there was no sun to see, the forest fire smoke has really blanketed the city. Very warm out, above 30C, have to keep the windows of my house closed to lessen the smoke and smell of it.
Hello Nanny Beach. No, I've visited England when I was a kid but I'm half Cree and half French. I take your comment on my garden looking English as high praise indeed. I'm in the habit of chopping my Petunias, in baskets and pots, down when they start looking leggy. A couple weeks later they are putting on another great showing until frost. Am really fighting aphid infestations right now. I really hate those little beggars.
29 Aug 2017 15:57
Will get to 30C today and 32 for Wednesday. Out watering lawn and flower beds this morning.
27 Aug 2017 22:46
This morning I was very pleased to gain the trust of this White Breasted Nuthatch. I have only ever had them land on my hand a couple of times.
And one of my little Chickadees.
22 Aug 2017 20:01
Great bird pictures Angie!
My Chickadees sort of resemble the bird in your first pic.
Managed to get the water changed in my fish tanks and then down to the river to feed birds before it got really hot out there.
The last picture is a Chickadee I have recognized for some time. I call him Scruffy because his feathers are messed up in a particular way. lol
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22 Aug 2017 14:05
Well the 80% solar eclipse here in Calgary was like no eclipse at all. Didn't get noticeably darker, you couldn't see the moon covering the sun unless wearing special spectacles and the birds just carried on as usual. I took this picture at exactly 11:33am, when the moon was covering the sun.
Another hot and dry day here.
21 Aug 2017 15:19
Here in Alberta Canada I have to dig up and store every fall. Looks like you have a lot of baby bulbs attached to the bigger. Perhaps if you are able to overwinter in ground, just leave them and separate the small ones in the spring. The leaves look healthy so I bet you will have good blooms next year.
21 Aug 2017 15:14
Will be warm and sunny. Sunny until the 80% solar eclipse starts at around 10:30am. I'll head down to the river about 10am to feed birds and see if they react to the eclipse.
17 Aug 2017 04:21
It's my pleasure Guernsey Donkey2, and I just found another tribe of Chickadees and Nuthatches to feed, in a remote spot well away from the piggies that come to my table at the fish hatchery. lol
17 Aug 2017 04:15
That is an eye catching colour of sunflower!
You all have beautiful flower gardens!
13 Aug 2017 21:51
Hello Joyce, that's the little stream the fish hatchery uses to release fry into the Bow River. It is my first stop when out feeding birds.
Hello Liriodendron, I thought about a mask but health officials suggest not bothering with over the counter face masks. They won't protect you from particles in wild fire smoke. You would need specially fitted respirators to block the particles and the respirators may make it more difficult to breathe. So we just limit our outdoor activity and keep the windows closed in the house.
13 Aug 2017 20:20
Interesting photo's everyone.
I haven't taken long bike rides this summer. The city has been blanketed most days with smoke from forest fires burning in British Columbia. So to take it easy on my lungs, just down to the river to feed birds and home again.
13 Aug 2017 20:10
Feeding birds along the river this morning. The male Downy Woodpecker.
11 Aug 2017 14:23
Hello daydaisy, no that's a Chickadee, the friendliest of the birds around here. I'll get a picture of Mr. Woodpecker today, I don't know where Mrs. Woodpecker is at, haven't seen her lately.
Biking home yesterday I got stung on my chest, did quite a freak out trying to get the hornet out of my shirt while riding my bike. Chest is pretty sore today but not stinging like last night. That beggar stung me right over my heart! lol
Here's a bit on the Chickadee and you can listen to it's call.
11 Aug 2017 14:13
What beautiful gardens you all have. I'm at the point of attacking aphid infestations and waiting for my Petunias to grow back after their summer hair cuts.
11 Aug 2017 13:38
Hello Joyce, yes but not today. We had a hail storm last night, just checked outside and there is no damage to plants but everything is nice and wet.