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Re: CANADIAN REGION - What are you doing October, November and December 2015

Post  Kelejan on October 6th 2015, 11:59 pm

They are beautiful, TD.  Right this moment I have a paper given out by Veseys Bulbs and that paper tells the story of how Ottawa came to have these wonderful displays.

For those who do not know, it is the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands resulting from the Dutch Royal Family's children  coming to Canada in 1940 because of WW11, and Canadian solders helping to liberate the Netherlands. Their parents remained in the Netherlands during the war.

A gift of 100,000 tulips bulbs was presented to Canada in recognition of the role Canada played during the grim years of the Second World War.  That was the beginning of the wonderful tulip display we see now. One million bulbs are planted every year in Canada's Capital Region.
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Post  Kelejan on October 7th 2015, 12:13 am

A belated glad you\'re here  SunnyB happy hi 

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Tell us a little about yourself.  Very Happy
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Post  Marc Iverson on October 7th 2015, 1:07 am

You sure have a lot of flowers, trolley. Very beautiful.
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Post  sanderson on October 7th 2015, 5:44 am

Td,  Beautiful flowers!
KJ,  Thank you for that wonderful story.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on October 7th 2015, 7:03 am

Beautiful pics and story, thanks!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on October 7th 2015, 8:38 am

TD, those photos are great!  I really like how just the tips of the rose almost glow purple...
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Post  trolleydriver on October 7th 2015, 2:07 pm

Looks like I could be hit with frost very soon. The forecast for this evening is 36F (2C) abd for Friday evening 34F (1C). So much for the 14 day trend which showed nothing lower than about 5C.
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Post  Kelejan on October 10th 2015, 7:00 pm

I haven't been doing much lately except collecting and bagging leaves and today preparing another 4 x 4 to plant daffodils and the small daughter tulip bulbs from my first pink tulips.

Did a little more canning of all the tomatoes I had hanging around and that I  knew I would not eat in time. Made three jars of to add to spaghetti sauce.

All the patty pans are now harvested.  The chard and carrot for winter are looking quite nice. 

Another bed to clear and plant any remaining  daffodils and the bags of leaves to be shredded and to top any bare soil.
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Post  Kelejan on October 10th 2015, 7:08 pm

September I started posting the amount of daylight hours left where I live in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, as follows as I had read that when it reached ten hours then plant life will slow dramatically.

September 6   13 hours 12 minutes
      "         9   13   "       4    "
      "        24   12  "       7    "

today,
October 10      11  "       11    "  Getting towards that ten hour mark. Sad

To all my fellow Canadians
HAPPY thanks  GIVING  carrot carrot carrot
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Post  trolleydriver on October 10th 2015, 7:59 pm

We got the frost here in Ottawa last night.  When I woke up the roofs on the houses were white and the car windshields had frost on them.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on October 10th 2015, 10:31 pm

I hate the shortening days, they make me sad. My plants seem to give up the ghost before it actually frosts. maybe the shorter days...
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Post  Kelejan on October 11th 2015, 1:39 am

We are heading that way too, TD, but I think your winters are longer than ours.

Scorpio, I hate these dark mornings as well,so easy to feel depressed; but come the Winter Solstice, I start feeling happier as I know things will get better.  Meanwhile, of course, things will get worse. Sad
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Post  sanderson on October 11th 2015, 1:53 am

A tonic for the dark winter mornings and evenings - Senseless Banter! It's not a replacement for the sun, but it is better than nothing.

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Post  Kelejan on October 11th 2015, 1:47 pm

@sanderson wrote:A tonic for the dark winter mornings and evenings - Senseless Banter!  It's not a replacement for the sun, but it is better than nothing.

Certainly is better than nothing, Sanderson.  Any Newbie who has not read through it, it is well worth reading, lots of funny stuff and sometimes some very thoughtful comments.

Just do not read it in one sitting, but savor it one page at a time. Very Happy There are 65 pages so far.

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Post  CapeCoddess on October 12th 2015, 4:35 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, O Canada...my native land.
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Any dishes from the garden?

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Post  trolleydriver on October 12th 2015, 7:37 pm

The leaves are changing.  There is a wooded area at the end of my street that looks great dressed in Fall colours.

But then we have the insect pests. At this time of the year when we get a warm day (74F today) after some cool weather (we had frost a couple nights ago) the Asian Lady Beetles come out of the woods in swarms. They are looking for places to hide for the winter and their preference is to look for openings/cracks around windows and siding. I had a couple get inside my shirt! They are most attracted to buildings that have a high contrast. Our house fills the bill perfectly with dark coloured brick on the bottom and white siding on the top plus white windows and doors. So today the outside of the house got an invasion of these bugs. Then in the Spring when we get warm days they make their move. Some of them get confused and instead of making their way to the outside they find a way to get inside. We suck them up with a small vacuum cleaner and dispose of them.












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Post  sanderson on October 12th 2015, 11:35 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:The leaves are changing.  There is a wooded area at the end of my street that looks great dressed in Fall colours.
Lovely colors.

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Post  trolleydriver on October 13th 2015, 12:24 pm

This morning I did some reading in the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning. Now I'm scared and not sure about doing any more canning. The scary part comes from their discussion on botulism. I don't have a pressure cooker so I've been using the boiling-water canner method. I've been using green tomatoes and malt vinegar (5% acid) in the chutney recipes so the level of acidity should be good for preservation. Today I'm going to try making salsa but the warnings about botulism have me a bit worried.
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Post  Kelejan on October 13th 2015, 4:06 pm

I should imagine that following the instructions 100% will keep you out of trouble.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on October 14th 2015, 9:18 am

TD, as long as you are using acidy tomatoes, you should be fine.  Maybe add a little lime or lemon to it...
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Post  Kelejan on October 15th 2015, 11:31 pm

Still collecting leaves.  So far I have not put up that notice that would have read  Wanted
Bagged
Fall Leaves
as I am doing very well so far. Even someone who was going to shred his leaves, bag them and drop them off.  Perfect.
I ws going to shred the ones I have collected so far but the wind was 20kph and chilly, a beautiful day otherwise.  The wind is forecast to calm down tomorrow so hope to get out in the garden.

It was interesting walking along the road amid the swirling leaves.  One could almost visualise the shape of the wind.
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Post  sanderson on October 15th 2015, 11:38 pm

@Kelejan wrote: the wind was 20kph and chilly, a beautiful day otherwise.  The wind is forecast to calm down tomorrow so hope to get out in the garden.

It was interesting walking along the road amid the swirling leaves.  One could almost visualise the shape of the wind.
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Post  trolleydriver on October 16th 2015, 8:42 am

Kelejan ... +1

We don't get many leaves in our garden so I told our neighbour I would gather some off her property. This is the time of year when Mrs TD and I like to get out into wooded areas to tromp through the leaves as we look for hidden geocaches.
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Post  trolleydriver on October 16th 2015, 9:06 am

Weather forecast for Ottawa on Sunday ... "A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. High plus 4C."
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