The gift that keeps growing

To the person who gifted us this lovely pot of pink tulips, a particular thank you on this day of mixed snow and rain – with its possible wet, white accumulations of 25 cm north of the city. (Listening to the weather report, my daughter comments that squalls is a funny word. I guess it’s […]

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April showers bring… more April showers?

There’s a definite spike in Toronto precipitation during March and April 2009. We’ve been feeling it, literally and figuratively, over the past few days. Oh well, mustn’t grumble. It’s good for the garden. Instead, it gives us something to look forward to. Because, statistically, the rainiest months in downtown Toronto are August and September.

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A Bit of a Chat with a Squirrel at my Bird Feeder

Me: Oh, it’s you again. Squirrel: Oh, hey, hi! If it isn’t Lady Bountiful! Thanks for putting out this amaaazing spread! I LOVE what you’re doing here! (Nom nom nom-like scarfing noises) Me: Yeah. Really, um, about that. The spread. I actually….hmm, how do I put this….the spread, It’s really meant for…you know…the birds. Like […]

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When the world hands you rain, make lemonade

It’s good to get out with a camera, even on a record-setting rainy day in February. Even under the raindrops, it’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. I think the covergirl picture is bridalwreath spirea (Spirea vanhouttii) making with the pearldrops. Definitely privet (Ligustrum) berries. People don’t think of privet as ornamental, but they can […]

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Gardening on the bookshelves

It seems we’ll get a brief reprieve from winter over the next two days. Mind you, we’ll have to put up with a lake of freezing rain in the meantime. A perfect time to stay indoors with a good book. I’ve spoken briefly before about my book addiction. Two books, however, I can proudly tout […]

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Warning: There be watermelons!

On Sunday, I picked up a little seedless watermelon from my local No Frills and gave it what I thought was an authoritative tap to test for ripeness. Little did I know that what I purchased, after the thunk, was not a watermelon. It was a festering cesspool. Until late last evening, without warning, it […]

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Growing in the wrong place

Everybody has one of these. Not a Nectaroscordum, though I wish. No, I mean a plant growing in exactly the wrong spot. Too close to something, too far away to be seen. Or, in the case of this pretty cousin of the Alliums, too buried under an ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea … and mired in too impenetrable […]

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