Trying this out, seeing how it works and who is around! Mostly into #plants + #nature content, but also interested in (vegetarian/vegan) food, world culture, art, film, language, spirituality, socially /geographically relevant and inclusive adaptation of ancient pre-Christian #pagan religious practises (that prob needs lots of explanation..lol). Western Canada, partially #Latvian roots, mostly English speaking, kinda function in French, Spanish... #introduction
Hey! hope everyone is as well as can be, hope you find some moments of beauty in your day!
Here it's a breathtakingly beautiful time-- though rapidly changing-- so much colour everywhere, though every gust of wind strips a few more leaves from the trees..
View from yesterday on the acreage when I was out cutting fallen #trees for firewood.. #nature #Autumn #Alberta #Canada #GetOutside @nature
#AutumnEquinox #TuesdayBlue @nature
Perfect #Alberta #fall days-(crisp nights-light frost) days in high teens, mid 20's early next week) blue skies, lots of colour in grasses, forbs, aspens just starting to turn; oddly, Blasam Poplars (P balsamifera) didn't feel like waiting for cooler nights, and have been turning brown for weeks without ever going gold...
pics in collage, cont-
the Dasiphora will keep flowering until there is serious frost;
bottom- Dianthus nardiformis begins flowering later in summer and goes through moderate frosts; Achillea millefolium (hyb) peak early summer then keep going all season, in this climate
Yoiks-- didn't realise I was so far behind-- hope you all enjoy some #plants #flowers #nature pics!
another #FlowersOnFriday this one from Sept 09 (I've been doing 2 sets of these collages, the others are posted on TW).
Still some hot colours even as days cool ( still some warm afternoons in mid-20's but staying more below 20 as days go by, nights low single digits C)
Top row- Nasturtium and Scarlet Runner Beans; centre huge old Dasiphora (Potentilla) fruticosa cultivar--cont-
pics in collage: top row #Bees on Agastache foeniculum (native, not common locally, I got seed in a trade) + Scabiosa japonica Ritz Blue-- these have flowered for months, small plants in #rockgarden excellent for #pollinators
centre Aralia racemosa ex Ontario seed huge plants-- they flowre and try for seed each year, have never yet ripened berries before freezing-- they melt at modest temps that don't affect other natives.
bottom- Symphyotrichum ciliolatum, abundant local aster; Achillea hybrid
Hope everyone in the fediverse is well/okay/hanging on/getting better!
Finally happened: I'm so late posting that my weekend #s are from a full week ago-wait 2 weeks?? lol
Early #autumn here in West Central #Alberta- first frost last night, I won't see how things look until tomorrow (work day today)-alpines/natives etc won't care- a few veg plants may be unimpressed! Cool to warm days, chilly nights, mostly dry, lately-good for harvest.
#FlowersOnFriday Sept 02 #florespondence
pics in collage: top row L-Dianthus (a species that blooms late summer/autumn);R- Malva species;
centre bumblebee on Symphytum/Comfrey; centre lettuce; R marks? eggs? in person I thought they were just discolourations, but close-up, they look raised- on Sonchus/Sowthistle leaf;
bottom fog over mowed area and Rosa rugosa hybrid
Another #serotinal (#latesummer #PreAutumn) #SevenOnSunday post! mostly dry and warm this week (bordering on hot, some days 26-30C a couple of nights 12-14-high for us) but we've had some cooler days and cool nights after warm days- lots of dew and morning #fog #Alberta #florespondence
details in comments @plants @nature
pics in collage-- top and bottom- views from the car going home from work- pastures and fields maturing, greens slide to gold, #sunset coming earlier as days shorten;
centre row -right and left, #bees on native (but grown from seed, in the garden) Agastache foeniculum; centre jewel-like Syrphid/Flower/Drone Fly on Tanacetum vulgare
photo collage includes close-ups of bees/flower fly
New to me word: #Serotinal meaning late, in the context of seasons refers to #latesummer / #preautumn. This is a distinct time here, I've been wanting a word for it! Beginning around #Maras Day early August, extending to true #Autumn - trees not in colour yet, many #plants still in #flower, but there's a shift! So, a serotinal #SevenOnSunday! I'm late, I have 2 weeks' collages to post! details +2nd post to come @plants #florespondence @nature
@plants top row, centre- Carlina acaulis just hitting full flowering- the 'petals' are not - most Composite have individual ray flowers pretending to be petals, disk flowers in centre- I think these are bracts not flowers, and all the flowers on disk in centre!
right- mystery Aconitum appeared at the edge of a rock garden this spring, just flowering now-- no idea where it came from, I don't grow these elsewhere, and I am not near any other gardens, not a native species!
#Flowers for #SixOnSaturday some things still going, a few just starting! #August #PreAutumn #gardening #GrowFromSeed #weeds #gardensurprises #bee #thistle #Alberta #florespondence @plants
pics in collage-top L-R Gentiana asclepiadea/Willow Gentian- years from seed to flowers, now an annual late summer show! continued--
Dreamt I was singing 'Diamonds are (a Girl's) The Church's Best Friend!' as a bit of a joke about-- oh well, I guess that's obvious 😆 .. but the funny part, I was being silly and stopped right in front of a friend for the last bit of chorus--- and at that point I was something like a cross between a snake and a poplar runner/shoot, going horizontally along the floor, then I went straight up in front of them..--- the dream wasn't about that fact at all...lol #dream #SocialCommentary #pagan #wtf
#SixOnSaturday #birds #berries #mushrooms #fungus #flowers as #summer slides towards #autumn in late #August @plants @nature #florespondence #gardening
top row L-R Prenanthes purpurea; Downy Woodpecker/Dryobates pubescens; Symphytum officinale/Comfrey;
bottom- a couple of mushrooms on the acreage- my knowledge of them is nearly 0! centre- fruit on Disporum (Prosartes) trachycarpum (a).. from seed collected on the farm, from a plant I was never again able to find! Nice patch in the garden now..
A whole weekend of posts from last week's images to catch up on-- starting with #FlowersOnFriday it's continued generally warm (not really hot) with a few cooler days and some rain interspersed.. vegetation heading to autumn, still #flowers and lots of #pollinators #florespondence @plants @nature
top left True Bug/Shield Bug on native aster Canadanthus modestus; #Bumblebee on Symphyotrichum ciliolatum; centre- tiny bee on Tanacetum/Tansy; bottom tiny #bee and syrphid #fly on Potentilla recta
@plants @nature Extending the #weekendvibes (worked all weekend, yesterday town for groceries!) here's my #SevenOnSunday! more from my Mara Day #altar (#latesummer midway btwn #Solstice and #Equinox)+#landscape as we head toward #autumn some warm days, cool nights, a few #thunderstorms #Alberta #florespondence
Now that I'm in *my* weekend, I can catch up on posts from *the* #weekend ...lol
Mara Day/Great Mother Day is a Latvian observance in early-mid August(originally the halfway point between Summer #Solstice and #Autumn #Equinox. I made an altar #offering outside with a range of #garden + #wildflowers, berries, #vegetables etc here's a sampling for #SixOnSaturday
I don't know if this Queen predates the pandemic, but the attempt to arrest police officers is a rather delayed reaction to public health measures for covid (of which there are approximately none, currently..)
old guy struggling toward a new path; artist; painting, writing, photography, gardening; plants, bugs, music, film, books, connection (*not* dating)...
West Central Alberta, Canada
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