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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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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‘Tis better to give

Plantaholism has a positive side effect. When it leads to a superfluity of plants (as we know it does), it can make one seem very generous. Take the wonderful ‘William Baffin’ Explorer rose seen here. Please. No, actually, you’re too late. After languishing for years with sporadic blooms (mostly on my neighbour’s side of the […]

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Behold the mighty redwood

Who could not love a tree with the multi-barrelled name Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the dawn redwood? It’s among the marvels of the tree world, a deciduous conifer. People typically think of conifers as being evergreens – the kind you put tinsel on. But conifer just means “cone maker.” The redwood makes cones, but it also sheds […]

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It’s all my fault

“That’s man for you; blaming on his shoes the faults of his feet ” – Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot) Okay, I admit to a certain culpability. I complain about the Norway maples, but many of my problems are of my own making. The hours I spent de-mapleifying my garden today might have something to […]

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A beautiful day in the neighbourhood

 In “picture is worth thousand words” mode, here are a few plants of note in the garden today. The most impressive is at left, this little-seen (at least, by me) native wildflower with the charming name of merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora). Great for a moist shady garden. Not mine, needless to say. Over the garden fence, […]

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Love/Hate, maple-flavoured

Meet the bane of my existence right now: a forest of Norway maple seedlings. The conditions must have been so right for maple seed germination this year. In all my years gardening under Norway maples (Acer platanoides), I’ve never seen such an abundance. A veritable pro-leaferation! If they were worth money, I’d be a gazillionaire. […]

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Coxwell Avenue, I

Sarah & I started this blog because we were interested in real gardens by real people – not in adventures in hardscaping. Though, frankly, if either of us had a few hundred thou to spare for hardscaping, we wouldn’t quibble, Sybil. Hardscaping, of course, is the expensive part of the garden, usually requiring tonnes of […]

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