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Flowers

In the Garden this Week

Well this has been a strange spring. We are in the last day of June and I still have paeonies blooming together with roses, a first for me! Normally the paeonies come first with their ephemeral but glorious blooms then I get to enjoy the first wave of roses before the japanese beetles hit! Now

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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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Gardening

Urban Landscapes

Back in mid April (how time flies…) I went to England to see the glorious woodland bluebells and a sample of the stunning gardens that dot the fair isle. The first few days I spent in London in the up and coming area of Southwark. As I wandered the streets, I noticed the sheer number

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Flowers

In the Garden Centre this week

In spite of our slow spring and chilly wet weather and everyone having a lousy spring cold, the plants are coming in. I’m as dribbly as the rain! A few highlight you may find in your local garden center… First off, my all time favourite, a magnolia 🙂 This one is Centennial Blush, a star

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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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Flowers

Canadian Spring 2019

The end of March and the coming of spring….April Fools! New shoots pushing their way up through the thawing ground… Snowdrops glistening in the spring rain Snowdrops drooping in the snow! The first dew dropped blossoms to… Christmas anyone!? Mother Nature’s idea of April Fools LOL! Oh well, there’s always tomorrow 🙂 Happy Gardening

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Versailles
Gardening

Garden of Versailles

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the palace and gardens of Versailles.  The palace itself is a baroque wonder but sadly jammed with people most of the time now.  The gardens are another matter, built on a grand scale by André Le Notre to showcase the Sun King’s power and

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Remembrance Day - poppy field
Gardening

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
Gardening

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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