The Weekly Views (11-17 February 2018)

The Weekly Views ...  a selection of our favourite photographs from the past seven days Constant Readers will have seen plenty of references - and quite a few photographs - relating to the nearby arboretum. As the snow prevents us doing anything especially interesting in the garden this week I am taking the opportunity [...]

2018-02-18T12:08:23+00:00 Wednesday, February 14, 2018|

Birch Trees

This photograph of a group of paper birch trees in the deep snow - in the arboretum, of course, also appears in a separate blog post along with others taken on the same occasion. However, the more I look at it, the more pleased I am by the image that appeared at the end [...]

2018-02-12T14:12:38+00:00 Monday, February 12, 2018|

Cool Summers Grow Wonderful Gardens

At the beginning of the week we became aware of the first of this summer’s Cicadas, all “sawing” away in the trees. Very much the sound of summer for us. We are being visited by juvenile Purple Finches coming to the feeder quite regularly with their parents and by themselves. We had to move [...]

2017-07-15T13:20:20+00:00 Saturday, July 15, 2017|

Katsura gold

In the early years of our Canadian gardening adventure we purchased a Katsura tree from the arboretum and planted it next to the pond. We were advised that this was a small tree, maybe 15ft tall when mature ... that was wrong, it is a good bit past that height now and going strong. Should [...]

2014-10-05T17:21:24+00:00 Sunday, October 5, 2014|

The Great St Valentine’s Day Storm

Which is to say, the huge and deadly storm that paralysed the US but which was just another day in paradise up here where we fit winter tires to our vehicles ... A nice dump of snow made everything look shiny and new again so we did some photography up at the arboretum. Winter has [...]

2014-02-14T17:10:41+00:00 Friday, February 14, 2014|

Chickadee Wrangling Workshop

Every December the "Friends of the Morgan Arboretum" hold what is loosely known as a Winter Solstice celebration, mostly intended for short people and their parents. There are games, seasonal films, craft workshops, hot chocolate and cookies and a guided walk (led by the good folk from the Sparroworks) to see if the Chickadees will [...]

2013-12-15T16:34:36+00:00 Sunday, December 15, 2013|

Cold again … and the Ice-maiden

After a few "warmer days" with rain on top of the snow we are back this morning to a hard cold and a bright blue sky - just the weather for a walk in the arboretum, in fact. Along the way we met the Ice-Maiden- there has been a film crew in the arbo the [...]

2013-12-07T15:47:55+00:00 Saturday, December 7, 2013|

A good birding morning

A gorgeous, sunny spring day today made better by a morning walk in the arboretum. Chris (the naturalist there) was leading it and I was along to wave the BPQ flag and carry the heavy spotting scope. Plenty of activity but the leaves are out and we had to spend lots of time listening and [...]

2013-05-18T12:00:24+00:00 Saturday, May 18, 2013|

A cooler weekend

After two weeks of abnormally hot and sunny weather (for the time of year) and a garden full of stressed out plants things returned to normal today and we got cooler temperatures, some decent rain and excellent diffuse light for photography. The hot weather and the blocking weather fronts etc have held back the [...]

2017-11-21T15:30:33+00:00 Saturday, May 11, 2013|

Trilliums and Owls

This is a bizarre week - outdoors the sunshine and the temperatures are more like late June than the first week of May and we are already watering less than drought tolerant plants in the garden.  Right on time though, the Devil's spawn dandelions are springing up all over the lawn and claiming hours [...]

2017-11-21T15:31:58+00:00 Saturday, May 4, 2013|