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|

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|

Magnolia avancé

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 [...]

2018-04-07T18:03:50+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|

First Snowdrop

This deserves a post all to itself ... In the the final days of February 2017 the first SNOWDROP appeared in the garden. This year, despite careful looking, we didn't see any signs of snowdrop growth until Monday 5 March but as soon as the partial thaw had reduced the snow under the Katsura [...]

2018-03-09T13:11:35+00:00 Monday, March 5, 2018|

The Garden Rabbit Rests plus “Thoughts on Toads”

A couple of spring-approaching items this week. We start with a tale of a rabbit and we end with the (short) text of an essay written in 1946 by George Orwell and entitled "Thoughts on the Common Toad" which is actually a very pleasant discussion on the coming of spring and the pleasures of [...]

2018-03-03T18:03:39+00:00 Saturday, March 3, 2018|

Winter – not dead, but perhaps fading

It's been a few weeks since we had a proper blog post here about matters gardenish ... still way too much snow on the ground to change that much but starting writing this a couple of hours after last week's update has been distributed it's interesting to note that our weather forecast promises that [...]

2018-02-25T12:58:39+00:00 Saturday, February 24, 2018|