The best laid (garden) schemes…

…of mice and mums are certainly ganging agley this month. Remind me, if I try this again, not to take two university courses and attempt to work full-time – at the same time – again. In the pie of my life, blogging is getting a very narrow slice… more like crumbs.

I have assignments every week in the garden drafting course, and a very challenging ongoing garden design project in the planting design course. Part 1 was submitted last night, so I have about 30 seconds breathing space to write this. With luck and good planning, I’ll be able to report on some of the things I’ve learned so far. Sarah and I also owe you a post on the entertaining and informative Matthew Wilson.

In the meantime, please enjoy this little close-up of a rare Toronto 2010 snowfall on an arrangement at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Snow made a reappearance in the city last night, but its stay will be all too brief.


  1. I think of you often, there in your accredited university garden design course, as I stand out in my beds and contemplate wildly winging it yet another year and moving the X to "that other bed" on the off chance that it'll work better there. Some class notes would be grand when you get a chance.

  2. Ms. S — it has been a challenging, humbling and enlightening way to spend a winter. Kind of wonderful and scary at the same time.

    Kelly — Wildly winging is my mode de vie! One of the biggest things I've learned in these courses is that I have a lot of bad habits to break, and as any nail-biter knows, changing bad habits can be the work of a lifetime. So, never fear: no magic wands are being waved… over me, nor over my garden.

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