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Let it Grow

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 [...]

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

Virtual Mid-Summer Birding

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 [...]

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

New Summer Resident

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 [...]

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

A Tiny Gem

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 [...]

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

Socially Distant Gardening – update 24 May

There is a famous phrase from a chidrens’ poem written in the 1760s by Isaac Watts that asks: “How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour?” ... and the answer in our case is by industrious labouring in our Socially Distant Garden. What, you will be wondering, loyal reader, has [...]

2020-05-23T14:08:33-04:00Sunday, May 24, 2020|

Not a Bluebell Wood

In the town where I live there is a small wooded copse adjacent to the Fritz Farm Community Centre that for most of the year is nothing very special but just now is carpeted by a rather glorious collection of blue flowers. A few days ago, seeking interesting mosses (I do stuff like [...]

2020-04-21T11:31:27-04:00Tuesday, April 21, 2020|

An occasional report from a self-distancing garden (Part 2)

Mourning Cloak butterfly, appeared in the garden last week after overwintering in a sheltering crack somewhere We spend a lot of our lives doing gardening things and watching the wildlife regardless of whether the virus and the government allow us to wander further afield. Despite that, however, there is a [...]

2020-05-17T17:20:26-04:00Sunday, April 12, 2020|

Lunchtime Acrobatics (video)

As faithful followers of this journal will have gathered, there are a lot of squirrels around here. Although most of our gardening is designed to provide food and shelter to birds and insects it is a given that squirrels will take advantage ... as do raccoons and skunks and mice and all sorts [...]

2020-02-02T08:22:13-05:00Sunday, February 2, 2020|

… and Juncoes

The garden bird interest continues - after yesterday's unbeatable visit of a group of Eastern Bluebirds. Dark-eyed Juncoes. hardly uncommon at this time of year, we see them daily. However small, dark birds silhouetted against bright white snow are far from the easiest things to get decent photographs of. Well, no longer. [...]

2020-01-18T12:58:51-05:00Sunday, January 19, 2020|

Just Letting the Grass Grow

Year One of the LoMow Lawn Project Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.(Allan M. Armitage - professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia) After five decades or more of mowing the lawns around each of the houses [...]

2019-11-04T10:56:48-05:00Sunday, November 3, 2019|
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