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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 [...]

15 06, 2020

Back to the Arboretum

2020-06-15T15:46:51-04:00Monday, June 15, 2020|

Chalet Pruche from Birch Alley After three months being officially closed the arboretum is gradually opening up again, starting with members only. This morning we made our first visit for three moths or so under bright blue skies and pretty well had the place to ourselves. It was glorious. Of [...]

14 06, 2020

New Summer Resident

2020-06-14T15:53:24-04:00Sunday, June 14, 2020|

Great Crested Flycatcher A garden resident this summer where we have several tall trees from which it can sally forth any after passing flying food. It's been around and calling for a couple of weeks but only now did it pose for its portrait. Great Crested Flycatchers are sit-and-wait predators, sallying from high [...]

14 06, 2020

Weekly Photographs

2020-06-11T12:10:10-04:00Sunday, June 14, 2020|

A while ago I started experimenting with a website (blipfoto.com) that encourages people to post a single daily photo as a sort of visual journal. I found that I could manage the discipline of doing this ... but I think it's better to share the daily pictures somewhere that I can fully control [...]

7 06, 2020

A Tiny Gem

2020-06-04T17:40:16-04:00Sunday, June 7, 2020|

Thyme-leaved Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia) Working in the Fritz Garden (where the community grows vegetables for food banks) a few days ago, and preparing to plant tomato seedlings I was caught by this tiny gem of a wildflower looking appealingly at me and pleading not to be “weeded”. What could I do but [...]

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