If you notice a white-haired gal walking down the street with a bouquet of leaves… that’s me. Leaves, from large to small: tulip tree (Liriodendron), Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii), and even that danged alien Norway maple (Acer platanoides).
Coneflowers, photographed outside East of Eliza and filtered through the Waterlogue photo app. It’s almost shameful what technology can do – like turning a photo into a “watercolour,” as I’ve written before. To try this yourself, compose your shot well first. Enjoy my field of coneflowers!
Some kinds of clouds are welcome in blue skies We’re still here; just a bit overwhelmed with this and that. Meanwhile, enjoy this long-awaited spring!
Double Early Tulip “Monsella” You know that feeling where you’re a kid and there are thrills running up and down your body and you can’t sit still because you can’t stop thinking about the good thing to come? That thing that also seems like it will never come? Martin Short’s Saturday Night Live character Ed Grimley […]
Toronto’s Dufferin Waste Management Facility Now I’m gonna talk garbage – more precisely, the stuff we Torontonians put in our Green Bins, and what happens to it. Ever wonder about that? Earlier this month, three other Master Gardeners and I were invited by the Compost Council of Canada to join a day-long tour of organic […]
Leaving your mind blank can give you space for other things. Like admiring this use of chives as an ornamental. I’ve been quiet for a few weeks on the blog and Twitter. You might call it Unsocial Media. Or, in garden terms, The Silence of the Lamb’s Ears. The quiet surface belies the currents beneath. […]
Would we think they were beautiful if we didn’t know they were weeds? weeding by Helen Battersby A gardener must not love a dandelion. Its rays must not hook a gardener’s heart or show themselves as stars upon the hills, gold on the imperative of green. A gardener must not love the silken spheres […]
Spring, bring it on! St. James Park, Toronto – April 30, 2010
From my 1948 edition of Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Gardening by Norman Taylor Listen up, class. It’s garden catalog season. Time to review a few garden terms. These ones are sneaky words and phrases (aka weasel words) with a hidden agenda – seeming to mean one thing, but really meaning something else entirely. You’ve seen […]
Because it’s Saturday night, and because I’m suffering from mild hippopotomontrosesquipedaliophobia (fear of long words), I thought I’d simply share one of the more unusual water features seen this year, from an Indianapolis garden.
Designed by elusive artist James Sutherland, the TTC’s Dupont Station murals were unveiled in 1978 I hadn’t intended to continue our TTC Garden Tour so quickly. But there I was at Spadina Station with my camera. It was just a long tunnel trek and a one-stop hop over to Dupont. And no TTC Garden Tour […]