Auggh!!! I’ve killed it!!!

It’s Charlie Brown’s cry of guilty anguish as he puts the last ornament on his Christmas tree, promptly causing it to keel over. It is not a happy moment. And it’s precisely how I feel when I kill a plant. There are many ways to kill plants. A lot of them have to do with […]

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I am compelled to brag about my tomatoes

I have tomatoes growing on two plants on my deck. Now. In October. They are actually growing leaves and forming tomatoes and flowers and it is October 21st. Both plants are the cherry variety. One of these plants, ‘Gardener’s Delight‘, I grew from seed, sown in April. The other plant was a rescued tomato plant. […]

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Love/Hate those morning glories!

I’m looking out my back window now at the morning glories on the fence. These are the old fashioned kind (possibly a heritage variety: ‘Grandpa Ott’), mostly in deep blue but with the occasional pink and white, all barred or starred in a deeper shade with a bright white throat. How pretty, you say. And […]

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Tough As Old Boots

This is a phrase that my dad used to say a lot, as in: “Don’t worry about me, I’m as tough as old boots.” And this descriptor popped into my head while walking through my fall garden this morning. I realized I have a few plants that should be placed in this new category. Plants […]

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Toronto Island Girl

When was the last time you went out to the Island? This weekend, I was there for the Terry Fox walk and found it such a spiritual holiday that I made a pact with a friend to do it again; at least once a season. The open-topped ride to Ward’s Island is the skooter version […]

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Off you Deadheads! Best Garden Pruners: Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruners

Deadheading can be strangely satisfying. Unlike indoor chores, dishwashing, for instance, where you do the same thing over and over and get the same result—clean dishes—deadheading has a double reward. One, the wonderful cleanup effect Ugly seedheads are off so your garden looks less forlorn and…dead. There’s nothing that perks up a garden like deadheading. […]

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My first tomato of 2007

I am growing tomatoes this year, after many years of no vegetables. I had a community garden plot in 2001 which was very successful. Tomatoes galore. Luckily, I was working close by to the plot, and could get out to it in my lunch hour. I’d come back from lunch with bunches of sweet peas, […]

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Raccoons!!!!!!!!!!!!

I seem to have perfected a raccoon-scaring hiss. It sounds like something Linda Blair woud say on one of her better days when under the influence of you know who. Two of the fiends this morning were mucking about on my deck, and causing general havoc. They’d broken a pot yesterday and uprooted my freshly […]

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The Flutter-bying of Monarch Butterflies

Just popped out to get some fresh air and a break from the computer and was thrilled to see a Monarch butterfly on my milkweed. [Ed: Of course, the flowers in these shots are goldenrod or Solidago, not milkweed – but when the camera is missing, the blogger improvises.] It fluttered away when I came near, […]

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