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Anemone canadensis

Anemone canadensis From a small garden group of this delightful native flowering plant Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and [...]

2018-05-31T14:38:35+00:00 Thursday, May 31, 2018|

Garden Birds in May

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak first seen the week before stuck around for several days, coming several times to the feeders and to take a bath in the pond. Mammals were active with a baby rabbit appearing (nibble those dandelions young rabbit, earn your keep) and a skunk wombled through one evening, moving just fast enough [...]

2018-05-20T10:31:37+00:00 Saturday, May 19, 2018|

Suddenly Spring is Springing

We returned earlier in the week from a couple of weeks in very-springy England to find that there were few leaves on the trees here but that garden buds were swelling. Now, four days later you can almost watch the leaves pinging open, change is happening so fast. The grass is visibly growing and [...]

2018-06-14T17:40:05+00:00 Saturday, May 12, 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|

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|

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|