Forcing Beauty… with seasonal bulbs

Forcing bulbs (by tricking to bloom out of season) marks the beginning of the holiday season at my house...Paperwhites (Narcissus Tazetta) being my favourite.  I know many of you dislike the scent of Paperwhites, but to me, it is the sweet smell of Christmas!  I also love the way they look en masse...the more, the… Continue reading Forcing Beauty… with seasonal bulbs

Wine Wednesdays

Last March we all found ourselves living a new reality...our lives were about to change drastically.  Many of us were shut indoors during a mandatory lockdown only venturing out for the essentials.  I remember having such "cabin fever" that I would get in the car and start driving around the city amazed at how little… Continue reading Wine Wednesdays

Protecting Boxwood…

I'm grateful for the warmer temperatures we've enjoyed this week.  It's given me that extra bit of time to check off the last-minute chores in the garden.  Most important is wrapping the boxwood hedges with burlap to protect them against the north-west winds.   Getting the supplies together takes more time than actually covering the… Continue reading Protecting Boxwood…

The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

  About 10 years ago, I started selling beeswax candles in my store.  A friend, who ran the general store in Colinton, (a small town in northern Alberta), would stop by for a visit and shop at CC when she came to the city to pick up supplies.  She supported the farmers in her community… Continue reading The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

The Fall Cleanup…

October has been a glorious month allowing me to spend my time enjoying two of my favourite things...the fall season and gardening. Although many of my shrubs and hedges haven't started to turn the warm shades of autumn, the elm tree shimmers a spectacular golden hue against the blue, blue skies we've enjoyed this month.… Continue reading The Fall Cleanup…

Tulips…

  It's photos like this one taken by Lynn Karlin (found on Pinterest) that entice us to grow tulips in our own gardens. I planted over 200 tulips last fall in my front garden, and happily, they did not disappoint.  Not all of them came up, but the ones that did were beautiful...the first blooms of spring.… Continue reading Tulips…

Hydrangea

  This has to be the "year of the hydrangea" in my garden.  The blooms on the Annabelles are enormous.  This particular hydrangea hedge grows along the east-facing side of the garage.  It seems to be the ideal location for them...every year is better than the last.       I changed up things a… Continue reading Hydrangea

Peonies…

  In the spring of 2019, I decided to take out the raspberry bushes in my side garden and plant peonies in that spot.  On the opposite side of the walkway was a row of already well-established peonies...this small garden is now called the "Jardin de Pivoine".     The peonies this summer were abundant… Continue reading Peonies…