Category: Animals

Fall

Dispelling the Myth

Fall has peeked in here in southern Ontario for the moment. Hay fever is in full swing and people still think the lovely and garden worthy goldenrod is to blame. It’s no wonder, goldenrod is flamboyant with its rich golden spikes of pollen rich blooms and the first thing people see and blame for their

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Small Wonders

Life finds a hold everywhere, no matter how small 🙂 When you wander through your garden, keep your camera close, you never know what may show up! Happy gardening!

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Flowers

Pollinator Week

This past week was pollinator week across North America pollinatorpartnership.ca and the emphasis was on raising awareness on the importance of pollinators and how to attract and protect them. We should all know about the effects of pesticides like neonicotinoids on bees and gardening more responsibly. After all, whats a few holes in leaves and

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Flowers

Spring bloomers in my garden

Well spring is slow to come here in Ontario, what with flooding, then snow and frost! However the bulbs are starting to pop out and bring the thought if not the temperatures 🙂 The early crocuses and snowdrops are gone but the next set of bloomers are coming on centre stage. My favourites are the

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A snapshot in the life of a butterfly
Animals

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

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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Bees in pink flowers
Gardening

Bee Not Afraid

With the ongoing concern about declining bee populations, I am still surprised by the number of clients who don’t want “flowers” that attract bees.  They are afraid of being stung and lump any flying buzzing insect under bees.  In reality it is more often wasps that sting, not bees, so todays blog is how to

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cats

Merry Christmas

May you all  have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!! Happy gardening, poetry writing and following whatever your heart’s passion may be! www.gardengraces.ca

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cats

Cat in my cupboard

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-

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cats

Cats and Gardens

Cats and gardens go together, like cats and artists, cats and writers, cats and pretty much anything as far as I’m concerned. This is Moses, my beautiful one eyed Arabian Mau who came from the streets of Dubai as a tiny kitten.  He loves the garden and peruses his territory, nibbling on grasses and catmint like

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