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Every Christmas season, people worry about poisonous plants, pets and toddlers and rightly so. A popular myth is that poinsettias are poisonous, probably due to their bright red colour. In reality, they are not really toxic; the milky sap in the leaves can cause skin irritation, drooling and sometimes vomiting if your babies decide to chew
I walked out into my garden today and discovered my witchhazel in full bloom! Hamamelis virginiana or the common witchhazel is a lovely North American native shrub hardy to zone 3. Yellow fragrant flowers appear in the fall, often as late as December as mine has done happily. Normally the flowers are obscured by the
Look, I have a cat in my cupboard. What she seeks in there I know not. I peer in and she stares back, Eyes glint copper and emerald. The soft thud of wooden doors Tells me she crept into the Dark recesses of her secret lair. Oft she slips out again silently, But on occasion-
Now that Halloween is over I finally started my fall garden cleanup, even a professional gardener has lapses and time seems to fly ever faster…sigh. Fall cleanup can be daunting if you are doing it alone like me…I often wish I had an extra set of arms and a prehensile tail or a garden robot!
The early frosts here in Southern Ontario have caught most of us by surprise and sadly we now have to clean up the mushy remains of summer’s blooms. It is also time to clean up the garden in general. There are two camps to garden cleaning, one is to cut down and tidy up everything
This past summer we have seen a number of red and black bugs flying about but recently there’s been a downright invasion! They are swarming any sunny wall and window and trying to get into our homes… What are they these buggy beasties? Well, they are known as boxelder bugs, quite natty looking with their red and