My Extended Family…

  By the beginning of June, we can be fairly confident if a plant or shrub in the garden hasn't started to push out greenery, it probably didn't survive the winter.  This is always a sad reality, knowing that plants, too, have a life cycle.  I was reminiscing with my daughter about the loss of… Continue reading My Extended Family…

Lily of the Valley…a lucky charm

    This photo (left) and quote are found in Carolyne Roehm's book, Flowers, where she has dedicated a chapter to Lily of the Valley. Like her, I have an affection for this simple, delicate, fragrant, hardy woodland flower that grows so effortlessly in our Northern Hemisphere gardens.     On May 1, France celebrates, La… Continue reading Lily of the Valley…a lucky charm

Baseless Pots…

    As part of my garden transformation, I decided to "experiment" with baseless pots. After watching the "Bunny Guinness YouTube" channel, I couldn't wait for the opportunity to implement this idea into some of my garden beds.     Bunny Guinness (see April 22 blog post for more information on her) has used baseless… Continue reading Baseless Pots…

An Uplifting Mother’s Day…

The past year has been hard for many of us...so much loss, sacrifice and suffering.  For me, it meant losing both my mom and my precious little dog, Chloe.  Although time eases the sadness, when special occasions or holidays come along, the heartstrings are tugged on once again...   Not only is it Mother's Day… Continue reading An Uplifting Mother’s Day…

More boxwood…

The retailer in me is always hopeful that local businesses are doing well.  Last summer, I'd ask employees at my favourite garden centres how business was, and at first, I was surprised at how well they were doing, in light of what the media reported daily about how devastating the impact of the pandemic had… Continue reading More boxwood…

Another reason to drink wine by the box…

The Rose House opened at my favourite greenhouse last weekend, where roses of every colour and variety are lined up on benches tempting any rose lover to buy everything in sight.  So many roses, so little space!   This is a photo of Bunny Guinness.  I am hooked on her YouTube channel...my only regret is… Continue reading Another reason to drink wine by the box…

Impatience is NOT a virtue…

    Should we know better by now?  YES! Just when we get excited about Spring, a freak winter storm blows in and reminds us (once again) that we are not in charge! Photo left: when the storm was at an almost white-out stage, April 10 Photos below:  the morning after...     I had… Continue reading Impatience is NOT a virtue…

Hemingway…

  Ernest Miller Hemingway was a "rock star" before rock and roll!  Handsome and charismatic, a gifted storyteller, he dominated any room he entered. Whether you admire his talent or object to the way he lived his life, you will agree it was a colourful life...lived to the fullest.       My fascination with… Continue reading Hemingway…