White Rhino, Toronto Zoo
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
This is the first sugar baby I harvested - the tendril was withered, the bottom spot has turned from white to cream. I didn't know when the tendril had withered - a suggestion I've read was that you should harvest 7 to 10 days after it withers, so I was just testing here. I guess the tendril withers in the wild ancestor of the watermelon to let the ripe fruit fall. The tendril on these plants that you check is the one that grows next to the stem that connects the watermelon to the vine. Now I'll mark the watermelons that have withered tendrils and wait longer to harvest. It also said that it should be harvested before the stem itself starts to wither. The melons don't follow a schedule - the oldest and biggest one still has an unwithered tendril.
6 inches, 15cm, 4.6 pounds, 2 kg
White spot on bottom turned to creamy color
before cutting - the stripes for this type should be about the same color as the rest of the melon
Cut - flesh still white but turning pink, seeds white. Flesh is actually sweet and edible, so not a loss!
Friday, August 8, 2014
Toronto City economic development officer Chris Rickett shows off new 'Green Roof' at City Hall. Green roofs are required for many new structures in the city. They are plant beds that absorb rain water and reduce the amount of runoff going into sewers, reduce heat, and have flowers that help feed insects like butterflies, like the ones seen below at a butterfly garden nearby at Harbourfront:
Monarch Butterfly feeds on Blazing Star plants
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Famous bargain store on Bloor - Ed Mirvish, the late owner, also produced many musicals and other shows and the store has tons of publicity photos and posters on the walls.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Passenger Pigeon, taxidermy, Vistor Centre, Point Pelee National Park - totally extinct now due to industrial scale hunting, these used to darken the sky in North America with a flock of more than 3 billion birds reported in Ontario in 1866.