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Not a Productive Gardening Week

Really this has been a dreadful week for the gardening-inclined. On Monday we had beautiful deep and fluffy snow and temperatures down in the minus-twenties. Nice to look at and the sky was blue but not gardening weather beyond getting out the shovel and digging paths through the snow to clear access to the [...]

2018-01-13T15:00:34+00:00 Saturday, January 13, 2018|

Starting the year – thoughts on bird feeding

(1) The value of wildlife gardens And so we come to a new gardening year and more opportunities for making our own small or large home patches welcoming to wildlife. We will get to what has been happening in this garden shortly (snow mostly ) but it’s an opportune time for us to pause [...]

2018-01-06T12:44:37+00:00 Saturday, January 6, 2018|

2017 – A Year in the Wildlife Garden

A Good Year Thus we come to the end of another year of wildlife gardening in our small suburban "nature reserve". We have enjoyed telling you, week by week, what we have done and seen and enjoyed and we know from comments received that many readers of the journal have found something to interest [...]

2017-12-30T17:09:55+00:00 Saturday, December 30, 2017|

Merry Christmas … from the Garden People to the Garden People

You will be receiving this on Christmas Eve … whether you pause to read it immediately is another matter but whether you do or not Jean and I wish you all, gardeners, wildlife gardeners or just occasional visitors, all the best for Christmas and the days and months that follow. Apart from one faithful [...]

2017-12-24T13:14:07+00:00 Saturday, December 23, 2017|

A Brown Week and some Planning Ahead

Rather a short journal entry this week, we fear. Quiet, getting colder, lots of shades of brown and still leaves hanging on determinedly to some of the trees. The only stand-out colour comes from the red berries on the Viburnum and the new plantings of Ilex verticiliata- featured image above -  at the back of [...]

2017-12-09T14:35:24+00:00 Saturday, December 9, 2017|

Strange happenings with trees this winter

Early in the week the garden we enjoyed a light snowfall - didn’t last long - that prettied-up the leaves and branches for a while. Our Northern Cardinals were still moving around in their small same-sex groups and all six House Finches spent time squabbling over the food we provide alongside a couple of [...]

2017-12-03T09:31:03+00:00 Saturday, December 2, 2017|

December Comes to Town

It's the first day of December and the seasonal lights are starting to be switched on in Baie-D'Urfé ... only another 20 days to the Winter Solstice. This is our town hall ... a very impressive show for 2017. Aperture: ƒ/2.8 Camera: Sony alpha 7m2 Focal length: 35mm ISO: 1600 Shutter speed: 1/10s (handheld [...]

2017-12-08T15:03:02+00:00 Friday, December 1, 2017|