Grand Simplification: Know thyself

Gardeners spend hours pouring over seed and nursery catalogues, looking at books, thinking about colours, bloom times, soil conditions. They might even consider plant succession through the seasons, foliage shapes and textures, winter interest. One thing they often don’t consider: the gardener. When I first stuck my spade into the soil in this garden, I […]

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Grand Simplification: Taking stock of the mess

The unvarnished truth: My front garden, complete with hose and bald patches, doing its best to pose for its “before” picture at right. That headline almost said “Taking stock of the carnage.” After summer’s heat and drought, my garden – especially the front garden – usually does look like a battlefield by September. (To my […]

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Garden Daytrips: Virginia’s Garden

Another garden gem in the Bruce Peninsula, at the northern tip of Dyers Bay, is Virginia’s Garden. It’s nestled in a slightly sloping pocket between the road and the towering limestone cliffs behind – a unparalleled backdrop of rock cliffs and towering trees. Gravel paths guide you through the garden, Virginia Dolliver’s labour of love […]

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OOTS: Big ideas for small gardens

British garden blogger VP of Veg Plotting invites other GBs to get OOTS: Out on the streets to report on gardens close to home. Her inspiration, I think, is to look for ideas in public gardens. However, there are great ideas to be stolen, I mean had, from commercial gardens, too. At top and left […]

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Bloomsday in the Country

My second garden is two hours outside of Toronto, where I exult in tons of space, sun and sandy soil with lots of rocks. Not to mention hummingbirds and clear night skies full of stars. It’s not a designed garden, rather it’s a bit of a chaotic and impromptu mess. But it’s a pretty mess. […]

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City mice visit Country Gardener

On Wednesday, Sarah and I were thrilled to enjoy a Tweetup in the Ancaster garden of Country Gardener blogger and garden author Yvonne Cunnington, joined by Hamilton Tweeter Tricia of @ycswid. It was just a few days after Yvonne hosted a garden tour, so every inch was pristine. However, my sense is that “pristine” is […]

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Our little 0.0018 acre

We have been lucky enough to gain the use of two unclaimed 4×10′ allotment plots in a local community garden. My husband and I haven’t planted veggies on any scale since we foolishly gave up our Leslie Street Allotment plot when we bought our first house 25 years ago. I don’t count an occasional cherry […]

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Toronto garden on the newsstands

A lustworthy Toronto garden I’ve seen twice on the Riverdale garden tour – and still dream about – is the cover story on the Summer 2009 issue of Canadian Gardening magazine. If Sarah were here, I’d get her to Tweet about it. Wish I had pictures to post, but I do suggest you have a […]

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Discovery: Cornell Campbell Farm

Edit: The pink peony we found on site is probably Cora Stubbs, an old variety, highly scented. A while back, we wrote about discovering the recently installed Scarborough Community Garden on Kingston Road. The space provided for the garden came from the grounds of the historic Cornell Campbell Farm next door. William Cornell settled here […]

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