Cornwall ON – I have begun the plastic-film-less food shopping journey. I said in the last Earth Matters column that I would begin mid-May…well I started early. I was concerned about being able to find a nutritious whole grain bread without plastic to replace a wonderful product that we currently purchase off the shelf in a plastic bag…my concerns were quickly put to rest on my first visit to a local grocery store who said that I could phone ahead my bread order and the bakery would be happy to bag the bread and package in paper. That was easy. Next stop the deli counter for some sandwich meat…I made a stop at the meat counter for some butcher paper before going to the deli for the sandwich meat. They happily wrapped my order in the paper I gave them. I contently left the grocery store with only packaging that I could deposit in my recycle bins or that would at least degrade within my life time. THAT WAS EASY! I will keep you posted on how things proceed.
It is absolutely amazing how quickly things are growing, changing and blossoming. We have enjoyed fresh asparagus, parsley and chives from our flower beds. The rhubarb is calling to be harvested for some fresh pie or cake. The tulips are bright and beautiful and the scent of lilacs and bleeding hearts are perfuming our backyards and fields.
The Apple trees are in full blossom and judging by the blossoms on the Nan-king Cherry bush and the Cherry tree a bumper crop of red delicious morsels will be enjoyed by us and the various birds which share our yard for the spring and summer season. We do not use pesticides so we do have tent caterpillars nesting and growing in our apple trees. I know that these caterpillars are a wonderful food source for various insects and birds. I trust that a healthy environment is best and nature is capable of looking after the checks and balances and does not require our interference.
Speaking of nature I had always thought that the Peony required ants to blossom. This is incorrect. Although the Peony attracts black ants because of the plants sweet secretions, according to www.plantingflowerbulbs.com ‘The ants are not absolutely necessary to helping the peonies bloom, but they are helpful and do not harm anything. Most gardening experts advise against trying to kill the ants.”
On a brief visit to the Lionel Chevrier Building on Water St. this morning it was impossible not to notice the aromatic delight upon entering the atrium. They have a yellow rose bush which has just begun to bloom. The intense wonderful aroma is heaven. Do stop by and smell the yellow roses. Absolutely scrumptious. This is a public government building…it is yours. They have benches; bring a boxed lunch and just enjoy the surroundings. It’s free!
The South Nation Conservation Authority, (38 Victoria St., Finch, ON) will be hosting an Open House June 17th from 1 – 5 pm. The afternoon will feature tours of their office building, environmental displays and will feature the artwork of local environmental artists. I will be participating with my environmental art. Do stop by and say hello. This is a family friendly event. Everyone is welcome! For more information about this organization and the important work that they do, visit www.nation.on.ca
Last but not least, many trees and brush areas have been cut and cleared in the area over the last year to make way for cash crops, new construction and hydro poles. Please consider lending a helping hand by planting a tree or two. Spring is the perfect time for planting.