Summer in Nova Scotia

11 06 2010

Summer has arrived once more in Nova Scotia and everything that has been asleep during the minus zero temperatures has come alive again. The first flowers to appear are the very lovely yellow dandelions, but for us they are  more of an infestation or epidemic, as they try to cover every square inch of grass. The month of May was spent, plucking them, digging them out by the roots, trying to kill them with  salt, vinegar and any other sure fired remedies found on the internet. But the dandelions live on. We do get  a respite until the next cycle in September.  Apart from just enjoying their colour, if anyone has any good recipes, then perhaps we should use them as a crop.

The apple blossom has already gone and we can look forward to an abundance of apples in the fall.

It is lupin season right now and each year we are amazed by the banks of lupins that bloom along the highways, walking trails and coves. I am always reminded of Monty Python’s sketch about roast lupins, braised lupins, lupin meringue pie, lupin sorbet……. I wish we could use them too.

The hawthorn blossom is brightening up the old railway trail at Lunenburg,

and the roses are just in bloom.

These dandelion like flowers look much finer that the ones that grow in our garden.

These very white flowers are bunch berry and later have bunches of red berries on them, which are seemingly edible, but perhaps not too fruity.

In the garden, the Gold Finches have their bright yellow summer plumage back.

The Blue Jay looks his usual handsome self.

And the Flicker is useful at eating up the ants.

The heron has always been a favourite of mine and we see  at least 4 a day around Back Harbour at Lunenburg.

This one looks a bit ungainly on top of this pine tree.

The ospreys have returned to the many, many platforms in the area. I will write a special blog just for them.

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Lupins, Lupins Everywhere

25 06 2009

Lupins are not an unusual flower, and we had our share of them on the banking at Glensheee and there was a big corner of yellow lupins on the way to Lunan Bay. But it was just the sheer number of lupins here in Nova Scotia, that amazed us last summer and now again this summer. Ground that lay under snow all winter and then looked pretty dead in spring has burst into colour. Both sides of the highways are lined in lupins and it just seems that there are lupins everywhere.

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The old railway track that runs almost around Nova Scotia and which, in fact goes almost across Canada has been made into a walking/biking track and this too is lined in lupins.

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This photo is a bit out of focus, but it does show the extent of the lupins in places.

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Not only are we enjoying the lupins, but the rowan and hawthorn blossom is fantastic. I don’t think we have ever seen so much hawthorn blossom on one tree as this.

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We  always spot at least one heron on our walk around the old railway at Lunenburg. This old man was completely unfazed by us.

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