Category: Seasons

End of another season
Seasons

End of another Season

It is a bright sunny -8deg celsius here in southwestern Ontario, or 17deg fahrenheit for you Americans enjoying your Thanksgiving today.  May your day be warmer than mine! My hectic landscaping season came to an abrupt end with a snowstorm and plummeting temperatures but such are the vagaries of weather in our times of climate

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A Canadian Spring
Seasons

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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A New Year
Seasons

New Year

A new year has sprung With promises yet to come The Garden slumbers

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Table with gourds
Fall

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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Easter

Easter Baskets

I was out looking for some easter picks to dress up my spring pots and couldn’t find any.  So off I went to my trusty dollar store and came up with these.  A dozen styrofoam easter eggs, two curly ribbon swirls for presents (all ready cut and when I pulled out the staples, one had 12 pieces

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Valentine's

The Language of Flowers

Flowers have been associated with mankind since ancient times.  The earliest evidence of flowers and rituals was found in a grave, over 13,000 years old, in Israel.  Aromatic plants and flowers lined the grave in which two skeletons were found.  Earlier controversial evidence of pollen found in Neanderthal graves is still being debated on whether

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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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Christmas

Are Poinsettias Poisonous?

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

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Christmas

Surprise Christmas Blooms

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

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