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14 08, 2020

Fungal Bonanza

2020-08-14T12:17:36-04:00Friday, August 14, 2020|

That time of year again A couple of days ago we took our exercise in the arboretum (again) and found the trail we were exploring to be leading us past one after another after another "mushroom" which were popping up and spore shedding everywhere we looked. There will be more in the coming [...]

8 08, 2020

Afternoon Snack

2020-08-14T11:34:12-04:00Saturday, August 8, 2020|

Common Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) About this time of year we start to enjoy the big webs and bright yellow bodies of the Yellow Garden Spider. Today we found one busily wrapping up a snack she had caught in her web ... hard to tell, but just possibly a Japanese Beetle. [...]

4 08, 2020

Embed – Imbed – (In Bed?)

2020-08-04T12:41:45-04:00Tuesday, August 4, 2020|

Being susceptible one morning this week to a little pedantry I happened across the word IMbed in a leaflet from Birkenstock about the tiny-bubble infested poly-substance they make they wonderful gardening clogs from. IMbed, the little man at the back of my brain squealed!! Philistines, the word is Embed. Harrumph. Well it [...]

19 07, 2020

Mr Macgregor’s Vegetable Garden

2020-07-19T10:28:44-04:00Sunday, July 19, 2020|

We are now a couple of months into our learning experience with high density successive vegetable growing. Quite a success so far and perhaps this is a good time to publish an update for those who have been asking questions. In May we started with the installation of three raised vegetable beds [...]

12 07, 2020

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

2020-07-12T13:58:36-04:00Sunday, July 12, 2020|

Following a long and very heavy spell of high heat days with health warnings to stay indoors etc there was rain today and afterwards this wonderful moth was working the flowers on the milkweed plants. About the size of a thumb and an absolute gem of an insect - we have seen [...]

12 07, 2020

Communication – Missing the Postman

2020-07-12T08:09:06-04:00Sunday, July 12, 2020|

I happened, thanks to the internet, upon this article from the London Review of Books that I felt was worth sharing with my friends, many of whom will understand. I am a huge user and fan of all that the internet has brought us, I don't yearn to go back to blotchy pens [...]

12 07, 2020

Sunny Day with Birds and Deer (*Video)

2020-07-07T14:48:06-04:00Sunday, July 12, 2020|

Not that we have any urge to escape from the garden - this lockdown business is not causing any mental disturbance at all - but occasionally we like to check up on what the wild world is up to and so we take ourselves five minutes down the road to walk the trails [...]

28 06, 2020

Let it Grow

2020-06-27T17:20:31-04:00Sunday, June 28, 2020|

Mid-summer Progress Report We are now in our second full year of letting what was once a scrappy lawn have the freedom to just grow while we wait to see what's there and what has arrived. Mid June is a good half-way stage in the process of creating a "mead" and to pause [...]

21 06, 2020

Virtual Mid-Summer Birding

2020-06-21T16:08:46-04:00Sunday, June 21, 2020|

Bird Protection Quebec regularly has guided birding field trips each weekend but, with social distancing and groups being forbidden for the past ten weeks they have organised "virtual field trips" restricted to the birds in our gardens. These have been surprisingly popular with many more people taking part than ever come out [...]

21 06, 2020

Mid-Summer Sunset

2020-06-20T16:01:10-04:00Sunday, June 21, 2020|

Golden Light Three years ago a group of Arboretum volunteers created the "Canada 150 Trail" to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Canada.Quite by chance it was found this year that the Birch Alley that forms part of the trail is directly oriented towards the setting sun for the few [...]

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