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Gardening

Get Ready…

Gardeners, time to wash your gloves, clean your tools and get ready for a new season of hope, heartache and hard work!

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Gardening

Alas Cruel Spring

From this To this In a single night of frost.  We eagerly wait all year for the glories of spring:  daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms and the glorious magnolia blooms.  Sadly spring shows us just how ephemeral life and beauty can be.  One moment beautiful pink flowers, next a sodden mess of wilted petals.  Good thing

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Gardening

Break out the shovel!

And not the gardening shovel 🙁   I’m on my fourth coffee of the morning and nearly a days’s calorie worth of chocolate covered almonds.  If this keeps up, it will be colder in April than it was in January for southern Ontario.  Its going to be colder in Toronto than Whitehorse this weekend!!  Did Hades

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Gardening

Winter Blues

Just when I thought spring had arrived…sprayed my shrubs with dormant oil, planted my bulbs and seeds…and wham! Winter is back with a vengeance.  My little flower house is empty and cold, and my bulbs, seedlings and spring pots are languishing in the dimness of my house.  Another 5 days of miserable coldness before I can

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Gardening

Small Miracles

What a beautiful Easter Sunday we’ve had.  A glorious 14 deg C, sunshine and the honeybees found my hyacinths already!  It amazes me how they found the flowers so fast and so early, a tiny miracle indeed! We must endeavour to save these marvels of nature for who will pollinate the flowers when they are gone?  Make sure to

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Gardening

The Vagaries of Winter

Well winter came in like a lion and is determined to leave like a lion.  My poor hazel is encased in ice, fortunately not like the ice storm of 2013.  It looks quite like a fairyland outside. Nature’s jewelry

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Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’
Flowers

Early Spring Blooms

Almost everyone is familiar with snowdrops, those wonderful little bulbs that pop up as soon as they can, but there is another early spring bloomer, Hamamelis or witchhazel.  A shrub not commonly found in nurseries, grab it if you can find it.  It has clusters of yellow to bronzy red flowers with strap shaped petals

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Gardening

A shrub for now

A wonderful large shrub or small tree for now is Heptacodium miconioides or seven-son flower.  It flowers from August to October, bearing clusters of tiny fragrant white flowers.  The bark shreds, giving winter interest and the shrub forms an open slightly tiered effect.  Fall colour can be muted but the calyces, the bits left over after the

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Late summer glories

Welcome to a late summer heat wave here in Southern Ontario!  Starting to feel a bit like my days in Dubai.  I managed to snap a photo of an all too rare sight this year, a monarch butterfly on my tall purple aster.  This is only the second I saw this summer.  Remember to plant

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