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Here is a red squirrel who showed upat my back door. I am sure he is looking for an easy free meal from the cat dishs but with 7 or 8 cats around he had better be alert and swift of foot or he could end up as a free meal for a feline.
We do not have the large grey or black squirrels I enjoyed in my youth in southern Ontario. I have heard they are migrating North. This little squirrel is about twice the size of a chipmunk.
On my wanderings I find this woody plant (bush) It is a sheep laurel. I don't think I ever appreciated the lovely colour and velvet texture of these bloom. They are worthy of a domesticated garden. Paying attention to the flora and fauna around us is full of delights we might just casually pass by unappreciated.
This lovley plant is often missed. it is Columbine. It flowers are lovely and delicate. It is an interesting medicinal plant (potentially poisonous). Seeds rubbed in the hair can control lice. A tea made from the root can settle your stomach, control diarrhea. It is a diruretic and astingent.
Small amounts of crushed seed can be used to stop a headache, "a love charm" (I guess even the Native Americans used that "I have a headache tonight, dear", excuse cliche.) I am happy to just enjoy the flowers. I am more interested in edible plants than in medicinal ones.