Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pictures from the garden and a little neighbourhood walk

I love my trusty Powershot SD610, but I really want a camera with manual focus and a decent macro lens. Maybe when I have money ...

I've seen but one bumblebee in the garden this summer; mostly it's been mason bees, wasps and flies gorging themselves, especially on the sunflowers. The fat little guy in the middle picture was so preoccupied with his lunch that he didn't mind being petted at all. The wasps are also surprisingly non-aggressive. The goal next summer is to get more bumblebees and butterflies hanging around.

Wandered around the neighbourhood on a beautiful Monday afternoon and saw plenty of plants showing off plump little seeds and berries. I think the plant below with the striking seeds pods is Belamcanda chinensis or Blackberry Lily, I think. I'm not sure why it's called "blackberry" when the berries are more like little blueberries. Whatever. All I know is that I want some.

Wandering down Chateaubriand, I found more blueberry-like berries, this time on vivid red stems. My web browsing leads me to believe that I'm looking at Pokeweed a poisonous, but sometimes eaten plant. I'm not sure I want a lot of it in my garden since, other than the berries, it's not very attractive, but I brought home some berries to wintersow to see what happens.

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