Garden colour: Cooling down the reds, Part 2

Naughty Berberis ‘Rose Glow’ in its brazen autumn garb, with a leaf in just the right place While there’s no denying its scarlet beauty in fall, purple Berberis thunbergii or Japanese barberry is a shrub I can’t in conscience recommend due to the tendency of barberries to install themselves, uninvited, in wild spaces. Darn it. However, this post […]

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Faves: Tricolour Beech Tree

Who says front yard trees have to be boring. Look at this specimen of the Tricolour European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Roseomarginata’) growing on the south side of Mortimer Avenue. I love all beeches for their smooth, grey, elephant-leg bark and regal stance. I love the way the juveniles of our native beeches hold their buff-coloured […]

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November Roses

In public school, we memorized Thomas Hood’s poem, November, which ends: “No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, / No comfortable feel in any member– / No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, / November!” It has been decidedly grey this month. Yesterday was one […]

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