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A Canadian Spring

A Canadian spring

Words fail me… Christmas anyone? Fall, winter and spring all in one Arnold’s Promise hazel…promise is right! What I see from my kitchen window…sigh Crocuses in the snow…brrrr My unflappable Jelena hazel…always pulls through Next week could be warm…pray for us poor souls up north 🙂 Happy gardening!

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Remembrance Day - poppy field

Remembrance Day

Memories fade as time passes into the future and soldiers of the two great wars pass into the mist. But war does not fade and new battles take their place.  Let us not forget.

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Butterfly on a beautiful red flower

Fall garden chores

Hello everyone! I sent this out as an email but for my clients and followers whose email I don’t have, here  is a short blog on fall garden chores. Although the gorgeous weather may be lulling us into a wishful summer mode, even the butterflies are still here, fall is upon us and there are

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Table with gourds

Quick container makeover

For all you fellow Canadians, if your red geraniums still look good but white petunias have faded, add some white mums and white pumpkins to your planters for an easy patriotic fall arrangement. Happy Thanksgiving to all in Canada!! 🙂

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Butterfly on a flower

Fertilizing 101. part 3: fertilizers for the fall

Here we are in the third day of fall in southern Ontario and it’s a steamy 31 deg celsius (88 F).  I have watered more in the last week than all of the summer!  Annuals are blooming madly and the butterflies are still hanging about. A swallowtail on my lantana However, it is fall and

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A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

A quick look in photos at the life of a monarch butterfly: Eggs on a leaf.  There’s safety in numbers!   After hatching a caterpillar’s life is spent eating…   Hanging out with friends eating…   And more eating!   After about two weeks, the journey begins…   To find a suitable spot…   To

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Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils

Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils

I started to write this blog and quickly realized it would be waaay too long if I write about both soil and fertilizer. So this one will be an introduction to soils and what makes a good soil. The backbone of a healthy and productive garden is the soil.  It both supports and feeds the

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Life in the Garden - eastern black swallowtail larva on a dill plant A cicada

Life in the Garden

As usual I am still mulling over the second part of fertilizing 101 but here is a quick snapshot of the life you can find in your garden no matter how small it may be. A monarch fueling up on a lantana bush An eastern black swallowtail larva on a dill plant A cicada When

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