Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pansy and Violas ,What is the difference ?

This is a question that I hear and have asked quite often  this time of year. So I decided to find out and share with you. 
I have many varieties in my garden and always looking at more!






Violas (sometimes called Johnny Jump Ups) are simply a miniature version of pansy.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_tricolor
 Viola flowers , however, range between the size of a nickel and a quarter.

 
Pansy flowers typically are about the size of a silver dollar. Both plants grow to the same basic height and width in the foliage. 
Violas, though, tend to have lots more flowers per plant!
So, while their flowers are smaller than a pansy, for color and show the two plants are fairly equivalent. They both are easy to grow ! Just make sure you follow the directions ! 
They love dead heading .  Cut a flower and get 2 a day or two later .
the more you cut the harder they work !
That is one reason they are also one of the most favorites of all Flower pressers like me! 


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 Peace and Happy Gardening

Monday, February 7, 2011

Things that make me smile in the winter

 Thanks for stopping by I have found myself with the winter blahs for a few days so decided to upload some of the 'Things that make me smile in the winter '
 I have no idea what kind of mushroom this is but I am sure it should not be messed with !
          This little weed is turning red , it looks pretty on cards and bookmarks with flowers! 
The Red Bellied Woodpecker keeps me busy chasing after him ,in hope to get 1 shot or 2 before he flies off.



 Ginger on Vole Patrol , one of her favorite jobs

 She is constantly moving those big ears like  radar. If she hears it she pounces like a fox !



She also sounds like the truffle hunting pigs

& dogs , the way she snorts . She will come up sneezing sometimes , it is so amusing.

 This set of  Canadian Geese have decided to stay awhile , thinking about nesting , I hope !They were are curious of me too.

 I was heading into Walmart and had to stop and take these shots with my cell phone ! Wish I could have got it with my good camera .

 The guy in the truck must have thought I liked his truck. I stood there taking pictures right above it.

 I think I may play with this on picasa and see if I can hide the electric lines and use it to print backgrounds for my art?
 The Pansies have graced me with a bloom or two through the worst of weather . I actually got a few dozen to press the other day.


 I found out NC has several woodpeckers  In the state of North Carolina, 469 species of birds have been recorded.
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker has been the focus of conservation efforts even before the passing of the Endangered Species Act in 1970. 
I am going to look back through my pictures of woodpeckers to see if I have one of these around here? We have several varieties , 
I just need to pay attention to what I am shooting!  
article on Red-cockaded Woodpecker 
For info on the Red bellied 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_Woodpecker
Thanks for stopping by , Peace