Follow by Email

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Merry Month of May

As busy as a bee, that's me!

Photobucket

Last weekend was rather nice ~ the weather was quite sunny and warm, so on Sunday, Mother's Day, we went for a walk to the woodland gardens, a place which was fairly bustling with mothers and their offspring. It is quite a magical place, as you can see if you look closely at this picture. I spotted a little sunlit area in the woods, and as you can see, I wasn't the only one who spotted it!

Photobucket

I bet there are many woodland fairies tucked amongst these pink and blue bells ~


Photobucket

Photobucket

Fortunately, the gardens are within easy walking distance from home, and since we have a family pass, we can go whenever we like during the day. The rhodos were out in all their frilly finery ~


Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket


Other sights in the gardens ~

a beautiful magnolia tree with huge flowers ~
Photobucket

an exquisite copper beech tree with burnished leaves ~

Photobucket

a tree that had rotted away showing an intricate pattern of plant cells inside ~

Photobucket

This next one must be a fortune telling plant, because those water droplets on its leaves were just a slight indication of what was to come during the next few days!

Photobucket

As we were leaving, I spotted this creature ~

Photobucket

which turns out to be a Cyanide Millipede (Harpaphe haydeniana)
Description: A millipede is different from a centipede in that it has two pairs of legs per segment and thus has many more legs, they also tend to be larger than centipedes. Millipede does not mean "1000 feet", they always have much less (and a centipede can never have 100 feet, it usually has about 30). This millipede usually measures about 3-5cm long, it has characteristic orange markings on each segment and produces cyanide as a defensive mechanism giving it a slightly almond scent.
Ecology: This millipede is very abundant in southern BC coastal forests; it feeds on plants and detritus (decaying organic matter).
Source

Dogwood trees are also flourishing, and the pink one in my front garden is beautiful.

Photobucket

The blossoms on the fruit trees in the back garden are plentiful ~ here's the delicate pink apple blossom ~
Photobucket


Luckily I had these colourful photos from last weekend, because so far this week it has been wet ~ wet ~ wet ~ which has made the greenery look very lush ~ and there are little green sprouts where I planted the sweat peas and other peas. Once the rain lets up, I'll take a photo.

Back to last Sunday ~ For Mother's Day dinner, my sons invited me to a local seafood restaurant ~ but they discouraged me from taking photos of the food, which was too bad, because it was colourful and scrumptious! Picture, if you will, the choices I made from the Mother's Day menu ~

Starter ~ 1/2 avocado topped with succulent shrimp and prawns
Entree - grilled salmon with caesar salad
Dessert ~ double chocolate mousse cheesecake....yes, and it was huge! (but I shared).

Two more days left of the work week, and then we have a long weekend...Monday is Victoria Day...yay!

Hope your May is merry!

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures... :)

    Why your sons discouraged you from taking the food pictures? Don't we love to see food pictures too? ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lots of lovely colourful pictures to cheer me up on this very dull, but dry, day!
    The exposed tree truck is fascinating, as is the miilipede.
    That meal sounds rather tasty so I'm not surprised that you found it yummy!
    Enjoy your long weekend. xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a nice post. Love the photos of the trees especially and the bee and... The lesson on the Cyanide Millipede was quite interesting!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Selby ~ you're right! I should just have surreptitiously taken the photos without mentioning the idea ~ it was a rather cozy restaurant, so i think my sons might have felt a bit embarrassed about their mother taking photos of food, instead of digging in like they do! Glad you like the photos. :0

    Flighty ~ yes, the innards of the tree were fascinating and I'll take another look at it the next time I go. The millipede was very striking, and I was interested to read about the "cyanide"... It was a delicious meal, whoops...not the millipede...the mother's day dinner :) I've already started to enjoy my long weekend, ahhhhhhhhh...:)

    Hi Roomie ~ Pleased you enjoyed the photos and the millipede info...I hadn't much idea about what they were, or any details until I looked him up...

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lots of lovely pinks and purples.

    The dogwood and magnolias were especially pretty.

    Well done capturing such a close image of the bumblebee - last week at the gardens, J and I spent ages chasing them round the wisteria but they would not stay still enough for a photo!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Liv ~ glad you like my photos ~ I love the idea of you and J chasing bees through the wisteria ;) I thought wisteria was later blooming here, however I notice it is coming into flower :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. How nice to have such a lovely woodland garden within walking distance.
    Love your beautiful pictures.

    ReplyDelete