This photograph of a group of paper birch trees in the deep snow - in the arboretum, of course, also appears in a separate blog post along with others taken on the same occasion. However, the more I look at it, the more pleased I am by the image that appeared at the end [...]
The leaves are falling everywhere now and the flashy bright oranges and reds that this part of the world is famous for are over and gone ... which leaves us with some really attractive but more subtle shades. A quiet corner of the Sparroworks garden at the start of November. A collection of [...]
In the early years of our Canadian gardening adventure we purchased a Katsura tree from the arboretum and planted it next to the pond. We were advised that this was a small tree, maybe 15ft tall when mature ... that was wrong, it is a good bit past that height now and going strong. Should [...]
It's amazing just how fast "summer" comes to Quebec. Temperatures in the high 20s and more than somewhat humid is causing plants to go mad everywhere. J is planting out dahlias in the back garden at the moment while at the front of the house this gorgeous iris just unfurled. On the downside, our planted [...]
Which is to say, the huge and deadly storm that paralysed the US but which was just another day in paradise up here where we fit winter tires to our vehicles ... A nice dump of snow made everything look shiny and new again so we did some photography up at the arboretum. Winter has [...]
We have such a plethora of fall colour in this part of thr world with the famous maple trees and so on that sometimes the more subtle colours are overlooked. In one corner of the garden we have a huge, tall larch tree (European larch, not the tamarack) which is a deciduous conifer - yes, [...]
A beautiful hot and sunny day in the garden, mid-August with plenty of colour and insect activity - some birds too. Here is a short gallery of what we have been enjoying ... as usual, click on a thumbnail to open the gallery and then browse.
In search of gainful occupation on this sunny, cool morning and having set the week’s bread to rise, my thoughts turned to birds and landscapes. When we first arrived in Montreal we used to regularly visit the Parc-du-moulin in the tip of Ile-Perrot. This was where I saw my first close-up flock of Cedar Waxwings [...]