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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|

Artistic endeavours

As luck would have it ... This Thanksgiving Monday it was cool and showery looking out of the window, as one does, I was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it's leaves and thereby [...]

2019-10-14T18:03:07-04:00Sunday, October 20, 2019|

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving Sunday 2019 A lot of summer is too hot while winters, delightfully cold as they are, are too long (they'd be fine if we could just skip the month of March). Meanwhile this part of the world is famed for its glorious autumn/fall colours which are just beginning to reach their peak [...]

2019-10-13T18:25:55-04:00Sunday, October 13, 2019|

Planting an Orchard

This has been a busy couple of weeks, culminating today with the planting of a new community orchard in our little town of Baie-D'Urfé. This is NOT me ... Those of you who knew our garden in England 21+ years ago will remember that we had lots of fruit trees, bees [...]

2019-09-29T08:19:16-04:00Sunday, September 29, 2019|

Action on the Golden Rod

The Golden Rod was alive with insects Tuesday morning in the warm sun - here are four that posed for their portraits. There were also a number of Hover Flies which never paused long enough to be immortalised. Clearly a Bumble Bee and I think most likely Bombus impatiens (Common Eastern Bumble Bee) [...]

2019-08-27T13:28:44-04:00Sunday, September 1, 2019|