Thursday, May 1, 2014

Collage...for May 2014

From Planet Earth Calendar

The Living Limit:  The tree line is a natural border that divides more accommodating climates from harsher ones.  This division typically occurs on mountainsides with lush growth at lower levels and a more barren landscape higher up.  This is a dynamic border  ~ tree lines do not remain in the same spot.  They are constantly advancing and retreating because of the changes in climate.  Warming puts heavy upward pressure on the tree line.  As the temperature rises, trees are able to survive  higher and higher up the mountain.  If the temperature drops, the tree line will retreat.  Fossils of trees have been found well above the tree line of some the Scandese in Sweden, indicating a temperature drop over time.

Did You Know?
(from the Canadian Wildlife Federation Calendar)

The Atlantic Rock Crab measures about 13 centimetres across the back of its shell...and is found near the shores of Canada's eastern coast.  They are commonly found in depths of 5 and 20 metres.

Plants are wildlife too!  Canada is home to thousands of native plants.   If you plant these species in your garden, they will be easier to maintain...and can help birds, butterflies and other wildlife. To see a list of Canada's native plants, 
Caution:  Ontario's Provincial Flower...the Trillium (whether pink or white)...
is NOT to be transplanted from its woodland setting.

Gardening Advice

Kathy Renwald recently wrote in her Gardener’s Journal (published Thursdays in the Spectator) that all homeowners should plant a Redbud Tree.  It is a deciduous shrub or small tree that survives well in our Southern Ontario climate.  Early Spring, the Redbud’s light to dark magenta showy flowers will fully delight you.  (I first saw  Redbud Trees in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas when visiting my son.)

In an earlier issue, Kathy advised, “Pay Attention to what you Plant and your Garden  will be a Habitat for Bees and Butterflies.”  Her large photo illustrated lavender lilacs with a visiting Monarch Butterfly.

Be a Guardian of Earth’s Creatures!

Message from the Canadian Red Cross

May is “Leave a Legacy Month.”  At home and abroad, providing relief to people in crisis is at the very heart of the Canadian Red Cross.  Our work is made possible ~ thanks to the kindness and compassion of people just like you, who remember us in their wills.


Every day in America, another 30 people die...
as a result of drunk driving crashes!

Niagara Falls and Great Gorge
(from Niagara Falls of Canada 2014 Calendar)

To see the Canadian Horseshoe Falls illuminated at night,
is to be awake in the land of colourful dreams.

Visitors to the the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls are thrilled by Journey Behind the Falls, the attraction that goes below and behind the Falls.  Elevators transport visitors down to the spray and mist at the base of the Falls...where they can feel the thunder of the pounding water.

Special Event Days

May 8 (Thursday) ~ World Red Cross Day
May 10 (Saturday) ~ International Migratory Day
May 11 (Sunday) ~ Mother's Day
May 15 (Thursday) ~ National Lifejacket Day
May 19 (Monday) ~ Victoria Day...except NL
National Patriots' Day...QC
May 22 (Thursday) ~ International Day of Biodiversity

May Musings

The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. 
Warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom.
It is said to be a time of love and romance.
It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with many different customs
 that are expressions of joy and hope after a long enduring winter.

The wind is tossing the lilacs
The new leaves laugh at the sun;
And the petals fall on the orchard wall.
But, for me...Spring is done.
(Sara Teasdale ~ May)

Be like a flower...and turn  your face to the sun.
(Kahlil Gibron)

Good things happen every day...we only have to notice.
(Anne Wilson Schaef)

Flower and Garden Philosophy
Remember that children, marriages and flower gardens
reflect the kind of care they get.
(H. Jackson Brown Jr.)

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...May 1, 2014
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  1. Dilu writes: "What a lovely write-up. Great ideas for planting...I will surely get the plant mentioned and put it in my front garden."

  2. Thanks for your comment, Dilu. Referring to the "Red Bud Tree" I'm confident you'll enjoy it and the Tree will appreciate your Tender Loving Care.