24 04, 2018

Sanguinaria

2018-04-24T11:32:15+00:00 Tuesday, April 24, 2018|

Sanguinaria canadensis The unexpected short spell (it's going to rain tomorrow) of warm sunny days has brought forth the first shoots of Bloodroot (Sangunaria canadensis) which is always a delight to see shooting up at the back of the garden. We will be away for a while from tomorrow so won't see the full [...]

21 04, 2018

Season turning time in the Garden

2018-04-21T16:55:12+00:00 Saturday, April 21, 2018|

The seasons are now finally turning in reality and just as written in stone on the calendar. Pretty cold start of the week and a day of quite heavy freezing rain (latest FR in Montreal for 70 years apparently) but things started to warm up by Friday and better still as this is written [...]

19 04, 2018

The return of flowing water

2018-04-19T09:36:03+00:00 Thursday, April 19, 2018|

The ice is gone Very rapidly over less than a couple of days, the ice went from the St-Lawrence and we are back to flowing water again. However, if you look at the foot of the tall tree you will see a few remnant, trapped plates of ice caught there temporarily. I am looking [...]

11 04, 2018

Iris, Crocuses and a Rabbit (video)

2018-04-14T14:41:14+00:00 Wednesday, April 11, 2018|

Iris reticulata Emphatically not a native flower -actually it is native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, but cultivated widely in temperate regions. Earns its keep here as one of the first flowers to emerge when the snows leave. Very hard to photograph - in reality it is really a deep purple but auto [...]

7 04, 2018

First Week of April

2018-04-08T11:24:03+00:00 Saturday, April 7, 2018|

This week the garden is hanging onto the cusp between late winter and (very) early spring - the sun, when it appears, is quite warm but the air is not at all warm and when the wind blows, especially off the river which is still frozen, it is decidedly cold. Last week we wrote [...]

7 04, 2018

Magnolia avancé

2018-04-07T18:03:50+00:00 Saturday, April 7, 2018|

Trying to hasten the spring ... The squirrels did some late winter pruning and nipped off the tip off a branch on our front garden Magnolia tree ... carefully trimmed and posed in a vase on the kitchen window we hoped, but didn't really expect, that it would flower. It came indoors as a [...]

4 04, 2018

April Showers

2018-04-05T14:14:19+00:00 Wednesday, April 4, 2018|

April Showers ... Not so much showers as a day of blatter mixed, early in the morning, with slushy snow. The garden soil has exceeded its carrying capacity for water and small lakes abound. Eventually the sun came out, but not enough to make these just arrived crocuses open their petals - which is [...]

31 03, 2018

Galanthophilia, crocuses, birds … and some other signs of spring

2018-04-01T07:26:28+00:00 Saturday, March 31, 2018|

There have been "signs" of hopefully approaching spring for a couple of weeks but now as March ends there are genuine signs which nobody can ignore. For a start, there is considerable melting of the snow and free water in the garden pond, the sun has genuine warmth in it even if the air [...]