November Roses

In public school, we memorized Thomas Hood’s poem, November, which ends: “No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, / No comfortable feel in any member– / No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, / November!” It has been decidedly grey this month. Yesterday was one […]

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The times of sand

Toronto gardeners have a few consistent problems. Among them: gardening on sand or gardening on clay. Clay presents the problem of poor drainage. Yet, clay is loaded with plant nutrients that merely need to be unlocked to nourish plant roots. Sand, however, is inert – without nutritional value. It does provide excellent drainage. In fact, […]

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Not everyone has your passion for dead leaves

Not everyone has your passion for dead leaves. – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility What is it about Canadians and dead leaves? The spurning of them, I mean. To my utter horror, I’ve just discovered that my new downstairs neighbour has carefully raked and stuffed into plastic garbage bags every single decaying leaf in the […]

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