Shelf Fungi – Correction – These are Oyster Mushrooms


Hisnibs informs me these are Oyster Mushrooms which are edible.  Sorry for the mistake. Oyster – creamy white with smooth soft texture. Fan shape and mild flavour. Size varies from tiny to large.


Shelf Fungus

shelf fungi – Fungi are made up of masses of tubular filaments called hyphae that penetrate into and absorb nutrients from the substrates on which fungi grow. Some fungi have extensive networks of hyphae that enable the fruiting body of the fungi to grow very large, such as many species of shelf, or bracket, fungi.

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Phlox paniculata  Purple Flame’ (pink) ‘David’ (white)

Planted. Perennial.  Strong upright plants to 22” tall.
Likes full sun to light shade. Feed bonemeal in spring. Water when dry.  Dislike being transplanted.  Improved by pinching out growing tip of the tallest stem close to a leaf joint. Blooms June to September. Fragrant.
Use: Attractive border plant, Fragrant,  Attracts butterflies, nice cut flowers
Means – unanimity

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

A man travels the world over in search for what he needs
But returns home to find it.
~George Moore

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Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Woodpecker ‘Pileated’ dryocopus pileatus

An uncommon year-round resident, requires large breeding territory. One of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow.  A pair stays together on its territory all year round. It will defend the territory in all seasons, but will tolerate new arrivals during the winter.

Food: digs out carpenter ants, wood-boring insects thus speeding up natural decomposition of fallen or standing dead trees, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood.

Nest: tell-tale elliptical nest hole.The nest construction usually takes 3-6 weeks, and nests are rarely reused in later years. Cavity depth can range from 10-24 inches.The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats.

ID: bright red pointed crest and white line below the eye and down the side of the neck. Male has red moustache. yellow eyes.  In flight, it flashes large white wing patches on the undersides of the wings.The bill is long and chisel-like, about the length of the head.  They also drum loudly on dead trees in a deep, slow, rolling pattern, and even the heavy chopping sound of foraging carries well. Their flight undulates like other woodpeckers, which helps separate them from a crow’s straight flight path.

Voice: They are loud birds with whinnying calls, fast, rolling waika-waika-waika-waika. Long seried os kuk notes.

Eggs: 3–5, Incubation Period 15–18 days Nestling Period – 24–28 days

A woodpecker’s bill becomes shorter as the bird ages.

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Montbretia (copper top) Crocosmia

Planted. Iris family. Perennial herbs, that grow from basal underground corms to 72’ tall. The name is derived from the Greek words krokos (saffron) and osme (smell), referring to the saffron-like scent when dried flowers are dipped in water.
Winter-hardy. They can be propagated through division every three years or so, removing offsets from the corm in spring.  Full sunlight or light shade. Good drainage. Feed in summer. Regular watering in dry periods. When the last flowers have finished, cut the entire plant to the ground and tidy up the area removing any weeds that may have encroached.
Flowers  from early summer well into fall. The flowers are sessile, sub-opposite along an arched spike, red or orange funnel like. Leaves:  look like swords
Make ideal border plants.
 A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers and used as a saffron substitute for              colouring foods

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Evolution of Two Shelves (Four photos)

Old cedar board from the mill scrap pile .

Scraping off the dead gnarly parts

A bit of sanding, finishing and voila, two beautiful floating kitchen shelves

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Pessimist or Optimist

An optimist is one who sees a light.
A pessimist is one who blows it out.

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Art Installation

In Eldest Daughter’s Yard, created with drift wood, mosaic tiles, glass and mirror. And it’s two sided so it looks good from both sides.

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More Summer Blues

Lace Cap Hydrangea

Yes, Lizanne, there are blue flowers! Lots of them.

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Not Ready To Increase My Bubble Just Yet

Too soon to risk getting a virus that is still not understood well enough.
I choose to stay in my little bubble until it’s safer out there, for me and for other
seniors who don’t want to get sick.  I’m actually quite enjoying not having to go anywhere.


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Consider The Ant

To the ant, it’s a raised freeway, easier to run along than all the leaf litter across the yard,
to me, it’s a garden hose .

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Happy August

It is finally feeling
like summer days,
sun, heat, lazy haze
in hammocks
reading books,
canning food,
cutting roses,
drying herbs
for gourmet cooks.
It is finally
feeling like summer.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Summer Blues


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Harmonic Connections

You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.
~ Robin Williams

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Be Good

Mimosa tree

Good has no fear;
good is itself,
whatever comes.
It grows, and makes,
and bravely persuades,
beyond all tilt of wrong:
Stronger than anger,
wiser than strategy,
enough to subdue cities and men
If we believe it with a long courage of truth.

~Christoper Fry


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