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Something about Cedars

The cedar trees in Country Woods are one of 30 species, belonging to the pine, cypress and other coniferous cone bearing evergreen families. Thuja Plicata is our native Western Red Cedar and is a member of this group. They are “monoecious”, which means that they...

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Orchids at Watershed Park??!!

Rush Rush Rush!!  We are always in a rush...  In Watershed Park Surrey BC, a perfect place to unwind, to walk with friend or dog.  It`s cool and shady beneath the canopy of maples, firs and cedars. The sounds of birds chattering, wood peckers pecking and calling their...

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Did you know this?

The slowest animal on earth is the three toed sloth, which has an average speed of 0.16 km/h..!   The average lifespan of a dragonfly is 24 hrs!   The butterfly was original called a"flutterby"!   A cockroach can survive a week without it's head!  ...

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What a beauty!!

This morning on my windy walk on the Delta dyke (112th) as a wandered out to the water across the swampy shore I spotted a beautiful  painted caterpillar on a plant, it was the Black Swallowtail caterpillar! It's caterpillar is light brownish and white when young and ...

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salmonberry

Yesterday May 21, 2014, I tasted my first two ripe salmonberries of the season, right here in Joe Brown Park. now the treasure hunt will begin, on the way to and from school or dog walks!!  Salmon berries also come in yellow , orange and red. They are cousins  of the...

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Have you started your seeds yet?

If you are new at this, a good way to use up those plastic salad containers from Costco is to use them for your seeds. Fill one third of the way up with STERILIZED soil (prevents die off), spray to dampen, sprinkle seeds, cover with a thin dry layer of soil and, don...

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Elderberry Flowers

This is a close up of the  edible and aromatic elderberry flower.  The blooms are almost done for Spring! The heavy scent hangs in the air on a still morning.  Elderberries grow almost everywhere, from Joe Brown Park to Mud Bay dyke. In shady areas of the park the...

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Mushrooms

October and November are generally the best months for finding different mushroom species, especially after a rain shower. Some of the local mushrooms that can be observed and eaten are: “the chanterelle, boletes, oysters mushrooms, shaggy manes and puffballs”. More...

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the galls among us…

This morning on Mud Bay Dyke, my nose caught the sweet fragrance of wild roses in bloom , then,  as I am walking along with my four footed hairy partner, my eyes caught some red, small and furry balls on these rose bushes...Camera ready and shoot. The cutest little...

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Welcome the Monarch Butterflies to your garden!!!

While you are buying your bedding plants in the coming days or weeks, make sure to look for Milkweed plants, if you want to attract these gorgeous creatures!! Milkweed is becoming harder and harder to find, because these plants are not welcomed by farmers in their...

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