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Sanguinaria

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 [...]

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

Season turning time in the Garden

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 [...]

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

The return of flowing water

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 [...]

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

Iris, Crocuses and a Rabbit (video)

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 [...]

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

First Week of April

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 [...]

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

April Showers

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Spring … sort of

Spring arrived this week around 12:30pm on the 20th, to be exact. The vernal equinox. It was also -8C that day and plenty of snow, albeit thinning snow, on the ground. The current weather forecast predicts several centimetres more snow in a week or so and a generally cold April to come. On the [...]

2018-03-25T11:13:48+00:00 Saturday, March 24, 2018|

Spring Bunny

Spring arrived with the vernal equinox just a few days ago and the Spring Bunny has been in evidence ... practicing for his annual obligatory Easter appearance no doubt. This year, thank goodness, he does not appear to ring-barked any of our choicer trees like he did last winter. [...]

2018-03-24T14:58:40+00:00 Saturday, March 24, 2018|

“Springtime in Paradise”

It's been snowing ... Mid-March in Montreal we wouldn't expect anything else - other than that friends from milder climates are sharing pictures of green grass and spring flowers while our brave clump of snowdrops that was standing tall yesterday is once again (third time) buried from site. Nevertheless, it's been a beautiful morning [...]

2018-03-14T13:10:04+00:00 Wednesday, March 14, 2018|