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Journal Design “Improvements”

We have made a small change to the home page of the Journal (http://sparroworks.ca/journal/) to bring the look more in-line with modern design styles ... and, let's be honest, to see if we could manage the techie stuff. Three randomly presented full-screen banner images and parallax page scrolling (not on mobiles) are what it [...]

2018-01-27T17:10:26+00:00 Saturday, January 27, 2018|

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|

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|

The Slowing of the Year (and new ideas)

Last Sunday overnight rain turned to snow by Monday morning. Not much, but the first of the winter and well distributed with the remaining leaves carrying small loads of snowflakes … the leaves were still on the Acer japonica (now almost gone at the end of the week) and the white snow on red [...]

2017-11-25T14:17:29+00:00 Saturday, November 25, 2017|

Birds and Berries

At the start of the week we noticed that despite temperatures barely rising above freezing for several days and, in fact, achieving a record low temperature for the date in this area, the Japanese Acer still has most of its leaves, although they do look somewhat crumpled. The regenerated Euonymus disappointingly has shown no [...]

2017-11-18T16:34:28+00:00 Saturday, November 18, 2017|

Almost too busy for gardening

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot” … all that and the municipal elections mean that not much has been achieved in the garden this week that is worthy of mention. There are still leaves on the trees, though thankfully they are finally starting to turn yellow and drop to the [...]

2017-11-04T15:07:13+00:00 Saturday, November 4, 2017|

A Welcome Change in Temperature

The week started with a continuation of the abnormal heat and dry conditions we have (not) enjoyed for the past three weeks - nevertheless we have started to see small flocks of Canada Geese overhead. Most of those will be moving around the locality in search of grass to graze on and won’t really [...]

2017-09-30T14:23:43+00:00 Saturday, September 30, 2017|