Appreciation: Out and About

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  1. AlainK

    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    3 different Mahonia (the last one in my garden - a very invasive plant!)

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    Edit : I'm not sure about the first one, but nr. 2 is 'Winter Sun' and nr. 3 is aquifolium.
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Even when the sky is grey, it's so romantic to sit on a bench by the Loire... ;-)

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    The snowdrops are not fully open yet :

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    An artist ?... A patriot for sure :

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    All tennis matches were cancelled due to covid restrictions. Back to nature (or: "invasion of the bryonic squad", or "Jocko's nightmare"...):

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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    The second is Hamamelis x intermedia; third is H. mollis. Right? That's based on what I wrote above. I can't smell your photos either.
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    ... I can't say, there were no labels. But I trust you.

    As for the smell, I didn't smell anything, at say about 0 cm from the flowers. I have a very good sense of smell in spite of my addiction to tobacco, and since I'm trying to kick the habit, I don't bring my cigarettes when I go for a walk now...
     
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    It's looking pretty springy around here. This is not the earliest the Magnolia 'Caerhays Belle' has bloomed, but usually it's two weeks later than this.
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    Forsythia are open now.
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    I don't know what's happening in the rest of the city, but in the West End, the white Prunus cerasifera plums are almost in full bloom. The pink ones are always a few days behind.
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    This rhododendron has the fuzzy leaves of R. cilpinense, but the flowers are so white, I wonder if it's something else. I thought there was a similar species mentioned last year, but I don't know where.
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    These plants are in Barclay Heritage Square. From Barclay Heritage Square | The National Trust for Canada (nationaltrustcanada.ca):
    I only see nine buildings on Google Maps. Maybe the blurb was written before three buildings were found not to be salvageable.
     
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    Enjoyed this Wendy. I love the history of places together with botany.
     
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    Good morning, our neighbours Magnolia opened up in the early sunshine today. Magnolia liliflora
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    This floriferous planting is at the lane behind the Saturday West End Farmers Market, around a 6-block walk away from me. The street-side flowers are mostly Monarda and Buddleia.
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    My neighbour Jeannette told me to look at the Montbretia around here somewhere. That seems to be the common name for Crocosmia, but I had to look it up. Maybe the flowers are commonly called that on the prairies where she's from.
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    Pl@ntNet tells me it's 76% certain that the yellow flowers next to the Crocosmia are Lysimachia ciliata, fringed loosestrife.
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    Jeannette also suggested I visit these Trachelospermum asiaticum, at an apartment building mid-way between the market and our place. Wikipedia lists common names confederate jasmine, southern jasmine, star jasmine, confederate jessamine, and Chinese star jasmine. She said they were not open yesterday, thought I might have to wait a bit, but they're open now and fragrant.
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    Beautiful.

    Checked the weather in Vancouver, and apparently you're going to have some rain tomorrow, and temperatures between 20 and 26 next week. Lucky you ! No wonder the plants look so green, so healthy.
     
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    Yes, @AlainK, we've only had the merest taste of summer so far. I understand it's around 40C degrees over there. I was hoping for 20C here today - there are several festivals on this weekend. Plants are happy, though.
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Ha ! Just got a mail from an old friend of mine who plays the drums and other things. He and his band will accompany "une balade des bords de Loire". Hard to translate : "une balade" means a walk, without any particular aim, just for the pleasure of walking. And "une ballade" is a musical form, like... a ballad. ;°) "Musical strolling along the Loire" ?

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    As I always say, if you happen to be around, do pop in. It will be fun.
     
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