Fall Gardening…

  Last week's snow was a cruel joke and an abrupt reminder that summer is definitely over.  It's time to prepare and protect the garden for the windy and cold winter months ahead. I wish I had thought ahead this summer and planned to do up my front planters to look as inviting as these… Continue reading Fall Gardening…


As you all probably know by now, my cooking skills are limited, and I can safely say the kitchen is not my favourite room.  I do, however,  love to garden.  A couple years ago I had two raised vegetable beds made.  Since then I've been growing vegetables and herbs.  My favourite way of eating these… Continue reading Bountiful…


Anyone who knows me will agree that I love gardening.  Now that I have the time,  I especially like to spend my summer days outdoors.  I have to admit, though, that I have created a very high maintenance garden and this spring has brought some challenging days in the garden. Part of the problem was… Continue reading Gardening…101


Peonies have been sharing their beauty with the planet since 1000 B.C. It's believed they were first grown in China eventually finding their way to Japan, Europe and North America.  In ancient times peony roots were used medicinally for epilepsy, headaches, asthma, nervous disorders and childbirth.  Today scientists are researching the healing properties of the… Continue reading Peonies…

Maison des Fleurs

. I don't remember when I first became consumed with gardening,  but it's been for some time now.  Another thing I don't recall is why I'm so obsessed with the formal garden style. One of the considerations about moving into my older neighbourhood was all the mature trees on the property.  It was in the… Continue reading Maison des Fleurs

Orangeries, Conservatories, and Glasshouses

    During the summer of 2016,  I was able to realize one of my dreams...to have my own greenhouse.  There was a perfect spot at the back of my garden and with the efforts of many,  "Maison des Fleurs",  became a reality. There were many "dreamers" long before me who wanted to extend the… Continue reading Orangeries, Conservatories, and Glasshouses


    The calendar may say that Spring is days away but looking out my back window I'm not so sure.  The squirrels are busy though, scampering up and down the trees chattering away and driving Chloe, my dog, crazy.   Sparrows are darting about in and out of the hedges.  Do they have more faith… Continue reading Spring…almost?

Winter Wonderland!

        As I peer out my windows I believe my garden is more beautiful in the winter than in the summer.  There's something about the way snow sits atop of the hedges and on the statuary.  It accentuates details that I have missed during the other seasons.  Mother Nature has dropped a… Continue reading Winter Wonderland!

Forcing Bulbs

The Christmas spirit has arrived early at my house.  This will be the third Christmas since my store has closed.  The first year after we were away over the holidays so I didn't even set up the tree.   Even last year I was still missing all the hustle (stress??) of being an independent retailer… Continue reading Forcing Bulbs

Decorating 101…Part 3 “Making a House a Home”

      Now that you have found your decorating style and have decided on your basics,  you can make your house a home by adding your own flair.  This is where your personality shines through.  You may be an artist, a collector, a traveller, a writer (or avid reader), a crafter, a photographer, a gardener, a sports enthusiast… Continue reading Decorating 101…Part 3 “Making a House a Home”