April is Daffodil Month, which is the Canadian Cancer Society ‘s national fundraising campaign for the fight against cancer.
The daffodil is a symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer.
In my Toronto neighbourhood, there is a patch of daffodils in our local park to remember those who passed because of cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to give courage to those who are fighting cancer at present.
Crocus flowers are a sure sign that spring has sprung. Crocuses are definitely the first flowers to welcome spring. At times, they push themselves out through snow as if saying to Mother Nature “Still winter? What da?”
The lavender crocus picture above with a bee so engrossed in doing what he does best, I call “My Precious” as in a memorable quote from the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings.
This photo of striped single crocus below, I call “The Loner.”
This photo of two lavender crocus looks so romantic, so I called it “The Lovers.
The photo below of purple, yellow and white crocuses represent a group of friends, so I called them “The Group.”
The photo below of yellow crocuses, I called “Yellow Crocus,” for lack of imagination.
And the photo below, I called “Lavender Crocus.” For obvious reasons.
And, the last photo below is a bunch of purple crocus with a bee digging deep. So, what do you think should I call it? Purple crocus with a bee? Ok, cool!
A ladybug caught my eye. It was on a cluster of pretty white flowers, which I didn’t know at the time, were called soapworts.
Fun Facts about Soapworts – Soapworts are sweetly scented flowers, which are also commonly as known as bouncing-bet, crow soap, wild sweet William, and soapweed. The scientific name of this plant is Saponaria, which is derived from the Latin word sapo meaning “soap.” The leaves of this plant were used long ago to make a cleaning lather.
Fun Facts about Ladybugs – Ladybugs are also called lady beetles or, in Europe, ladybird beetles. Ladybugs are farmers’ and gardeners’ best friends because they are voracious eaters of plant-eating insects including aphids.
Ladybugs have three ways to defend themselves against predators. Their distinctive spots and attractive colors are meant to make them unappealing to predators. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. And, in a critical situation, they can play dead. So, who would want to eat a dead foul-tasting bug that could be poisonous (they’re not).
Note to Humans: Ladybugs are not poisonous to humans but, please refrain from eating them.
I saw this beautiful orange rose inside a fenced in neighbor’s garden. I couldn’t get a good shot from the sidewalk. The gate was closed but not locked. How did I know? Well, I tried it, of course. I looked around.. no one seemed to notice me. So, I quickly open the gate. Slowly walked towards the rose.. why slowly? Because I saw something. I took a quick shot then hurriedly got out of there.
Wouldn’t you just hate it when you woke up one morning and your brain was missing? Well, it happened to this planter. He kept asking the passersby, including me, what happened to his brain. Nobody knew. I said, “At least, there are pretty blue flowers growing on your head.” He almost had a heart attack. Good thing he didn’t have a heart, so he was all right.
Poor planter. He looked really perplexed. You would be too if that happened to you.