Magnolias

Our backyard neighbour’s magnolia tree (I think it’s a Japanese Star Magnolia?) kick off spring every year with an incredible floral blossom display. I’ve always loved magnolia trees but the pollen really throws my allergies for a loop, so I’ve had to learn to love them from afar. 🙂

Hoping to get down to the Arboretum this weekend to see if any of the apple blossoms are starting! (It’s snowing today, though – fingers crossed we get the good weather that’s forecasted for Saturday)

Fruiting Ficus

Today I learned that the neglected ficus that I’ve barely kept alive for … nearly 15 years, is a member of the fig tree family, and apparently it can fruit? It’s been acting weird this year, I think because our preschooler loves watering it. 😃 I saw a tiny flower on it earlier in the spring and then suddenly there are a couple of bunches of these tiny green figs growing on it.

Are they edible? How big do the grow? Do they contain viable seeds? So many questions!

Wiggly Pigglies

I already really liked our local Ottawa museums, but they’re experiencing something of a renaissance in our household now that we have a toddler. We’ve been to the Agriculture museum a few times this summer and every time they seem to have a fresh batch of pink wiggly piglets to fall in love with.

Ludic Fields

Another neat Artengine project – a few spots around town now sport “Ludic Fields” sculptures that break the world down into twisted funhouse-mirror shards and light up at night. 🙂 I was lucky to catch the installation of the one next to the Rideau, but there’s also a set to explore at Baseline and Blair stations. The three sculptures are connected to eachother – when you activate the lights in one location the other locations all respond with their own lightshows. I like the twisty reflections!