Planning for Spring…

Last weekend while many of you were busy in the kitchen prepping for your Thanksgiving dinner, I was in my front garden planting tulip and allium bulbs.  It was a warm, bright sunny day...not like in past years when my fingers were frozen to the bone! Relative to a serious gardener (like Martha!), I'm just… Continue reading Planning for Spring…

Garden performers and failures…

  At times I felt like this summer would never end...the heat was often unbearable, the smoke kept many of us indoors, and the drought has left many plants struggling or under performing.  My garden did not look its best this summer...it may be time to make some adjustments considering the current extreme weather conditions… Continue reading Garden performers and failures…

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…

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…