|"Cypripedium calceolus - Lady's-slipper Orchid", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017 rev.|
From blog posting of November 8, 2015 (revised):
Cypripedium calceolus, commonly known as Lady's-Slipper- Orchid, is a member of the Family, Orchidaceae. Other common names include Lady's Slipper, Slipper Orchid and Venus' Shoes. At one time it had a widespread distribution in Britain, almost every European country, including Russia, and the Far East.
Typically found in open woodlands, its population declined over much of the European part of its range due to the shrinking of its habitat caused, particularly, by human clearance of the woodlands followed by the introduction of sheep.
At present, it is a protected species in a number of countries. For example, in Great Britain, it was formerly widespread across northern England; however, by the late 20th century it had declined to just a single known plant. A reintroduction program for the Lady’s-Slipper-Orchid has led to a population of hundreds of plants in recent years.
The genus name of Cypripedium comes from two Greek words: Kypris (Venus) and podilon (sandal or slipper). The specific name of calceolus is taken from the Latin and means slipper.
|"Rosa blanda - Meadow Rose", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017 rev.|
Rosa blanda, commonly known as the meadow, wild or prairie rose, is a species of rose native to North America. Among roses, it comes closest to being a "thornless" rose, with just a few thorns at the base. The meadow rose occurs as a colony-forming shrub growing to 1 meter or more in height and occurring naturally in prairies and meadows. The roses are quite variable in appearance and can sometimes be confused with Rosa arkansana or Rosa carolina, the two prairie rose species.
The species name comes from the Latin word blandus, meaning "flattering, caressing, alluring, tempting", probably referring to the beauty of the flowers. Blooming in early summer, the flowers are borne singly or in flower clusters from lateral buds. The flowers have five large petals which are roughly heart shaped. These are coloured pink to pinkish-white with a pleasant fragrance. The dark green leaves are compound with coarse teeth. The hips (fruits) are bright red and rich in vitamin C.
Rosa blanda grows naturally in meadows, prairies and fields occurs on dry hillsides, roadsides, fence rows, in either sandy or rocky soil. The range of natural growth is from Quebec to Ontario, south to Kansas, and east to Missouri and Ohio. The “wild rose” of western Canada’s “wild rose country” is related.
|"Tropaeolum majus - Garden Nasturtiums", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017 rev.|
|"Poeticus recurvus -- Pheasant's-Eye Narcissus", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2017 rev.|
Portions of the above text were taken from various Internet sources.
Here are a few new photos of "my boys" having a busy day on a summer weekend...
|Having an "after-breakfast" lie-in watching a children's film|
(this gives mom and dad a chance to get some house and garden work done!)
|Celebrating Canada on a cool and rainy summer weekend|
|"Hey, big brother, I think a storm is coming!"|
|After another busy day, time to watch a TV show about sharks!|
SUKI AND SALLIE
|"I will not go to the vet. I will not go to |
the vet. I will not go to the vet." (The
power of positive thinking.)
How do cats and dogs always learn to recognize the word "vet"? They may not appear to understand a lot, especially the word "no", but when it comes to the word "vet", they cannot hide the fact that they understand as they immediately begin to take evasive action!
So, if you receive an email with a petition attached asking for your signature, please read it carefully -- especially if it is from my email address and the subject heading is "People Against Taking Suki to the Vet".
I mean, I wouldn't put it past her to do something like that now that she has heard me talking on the telephone to the vet -- making an appointment for more blood to be taken from a vein in her leg on August 24th! Poor kitty -- somehow, I don't think her petition or her positive thinking will work. She will be going to the dreaded vet this coming Thursday.
We have got to see if this new food regimen has finally done the trick and lowered her calcium levels. If we can't find some way to accomplish this, then poor Suki will be at great risk of developing kidney stones and/or kidney disease.
Any of you who have been long-time followers will know that the cat who lived with me for many year prior to Suki's arrival (miz k.d.) died from kidney disease and I really don't want to go through that again. So, hopefully, this new regimen will have done the trick and I will be able to stop worrying.
Suki, by the way, appears to be feeling just fine these days, but you really can't go by that as cats are very good at hiding pain -- especially when the word "vet" is mentioned. Of course, if the current treatment is working, she would, quite naturally, be feeling a lot better. This next blood test should reveal the facts and I hope, whatever the test reveals, it will news that both Suki and I want to hear!
As for me, I continue to struggle with my ongoing issues. Sadly, however, every time I think things have gotten stable, something new crops up or something old gets worse. I suppose it is all part of getting old which, as you have probably heard, ain't for the faint of heart.
Actually, even though I continue to try to be positive about my various issues, it is becoming more difficult of late. I think my eyes have a lot to do with it as they seem to be getting worse in spite of all the drops I am now using. I suppose this means that I had better make another appointment with the ophthalmologist so that she can try to determine what is happening. Hopefully, it will be something easily fixed.
My next posting will be on the Sunday before Labour Day Monday, September 4th. At the moment, here in Ontario, we are in the midst of our annual, end-of-summer celebration known as the Canadian National Exhibition. This event, known locally as "The Ex", has been occurring here since 1879 when it was opened as a venue for displaying the latest in agriculture and technology. Last year, over 1.5 million visitors attended the CNE. I used to attend regularly back when I was able to walk with ease. However, once I was required to use either a walker or a wheelchair, it all became too difficult so now I just enjoy seeing bits and pieces of the various events on the local news.
|Say "Goodbye to Summer" at the Canadian National Exhibition! [Main entrance to the|
CNE, the Princes' Gate, as the staff prepare for the arrival of the crowds who will suddenly appear on opening day.]
Hope you are all able to enjoy these final days of summer. Whatever the case may be, I wish you the very best in the days ahead.