You know summer is in full swing when the canola fields are in full bloom!
We are lucky that we have plenty of these fields all around us, which always reminds me of my childhood. Our six weeks of summer holidays in Germany were always accompanied by these bright fields. My uncle, who was a part-time beekeeper, would have his hives near the fields and the honey was just the best.
I always find that the yellow fields are looking there best before or just after a storm (of which we get plenty during the summer).
Only single flowers or buds this week for the Fun Foto Challenge. As I just posted flowers yesterday I have picked a few photos from the past month or so for this challenge.
Our cherry tree
I have no idea what this plant/flower is called, but I love the colours.
This photo was taken last spring in our garden and it makes me realize that Spring is not that far away. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking that it has already arrived, as the temperatures here in Southern Alberta are positively warm for February. We are used to having blizzards, -20C temperatures interspersed with the occasional warm Chinook winds at this time of year. Instead we have no snow on the ground, +8C during the day (and sometimes even double digits!) and the birds are confused (as are some of the plants).
While it is very nice not to have to trudge through 2 feet of snow, shoveling it off the driveway and paths constantly, and driving on the equivalent of an ice rink, it does feel very odd, and somehow wrong, to have Spring-like weather for the past month or so (now watch a blizzard come in and prove me wrong!).
This week it is all about Pink or Magenta Flowers at Cee’s, which also happens to be the last of the flower themed challenges for the Fun Foto Challenge.
Below are four of my favourite pink flowers from our garden; two of these I have already showcased on this blog, but I couldn’t resist putting them up again.
This week the Fun Foto Challenge is all about blue or purple flowers; so here are my favourite two from our garden captured last summer.
This week’s CFFC is all about yellow/orange flowers. My offering is comprised of flowers I mainly found in conservatories with one photo from our garden.
This photo is one of two that I am getting printed on canvas. I have never really printed any of my photos (other than some family photos), let alone on canvas in a large size. This particular photo is going to be around 4 feet x 3 feet in size and will adorn our newly created black & white guest bedroom. I know that some people are of the opinion that selective colouring of photos is so out, but I still like the effect (as long as it suits the photo).
Living in a Zone 3 gardening area means that most of my gardening has been of the “let’s plant it and see if it will survive our winter” variety. Having remodeled our garden last year I pretty much know all the plants I put into our new flower beds, however, for some strange reason I don’t remember planting this specimen last year, but evidently I must have, especially as they are growing in the front and back gardens. So, if any of you happen to know what this is, please put me out of my misery.
The mystery plant
This is the Bleeding Heart plant. Since moving it into our new flower bed it has doubled in size and had far more flowers than any other year. Unfortunately winter arrived at the weekend and it will be some time before I see these beautiful blooms again.
Bleeding Heart plant