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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Rai-ai-ai-ain, I don’t mind

The rain is pelting down on the crocuses in my neighbour G.’s garden; the crocuses that stopped me in my tracks the other day — before I’d realized spring had really sprung. A small patch of organic sunshine at the corner of the street, these little guys have boisterously multiplied in the two or three […]

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A feast of snow

Will it never end, Doctor? This compulsive diet of snow and ice and icy snow. And ice. I must confess, I’ve had my fill of it. Come on, winter, smarten up! There are snowdrops under there! Somewhere. I think. There should be snowdrops. There must be snowdrops. The snowdrops that usually tell me and the […]

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Desk accessory addendum

My eyes were opened this morning by this article in the Toronto Star on earth-friendly flowers. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to ask where our cut flowers come from before, but it’s a question we should be asking. The issue is a big one, involving both ecological and human rights. The […]

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Love/Hate: Helen’s sense of snow

It isn’t every year that Toronto is blessed, yes blessed, with such an agglomeration of snow. With the storms of the last week, I know it feels like the snow has been here forever. But think about it. As recently as January 8th, the Toronto Star had this to say about our typical post-New-Year weather: […]

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Winter desk accessories

What’s on your desk? Computer? Check. Hi-lighters? Check. Fresh flowers? Ummmmmm. Valentine’s Day is coming up. But why wait for cupid, stoopid! Get yourself some flowers! Every day can be Valentine’s Day with something petally at your side. Roses are rosy, but most of the ones you can buy at your local corner shop lack […]

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