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Winter in Quebec can be rather cold and tough but it has its compensations given a warm coat and boots. Sitting here this morning as the snow falls and the temperature falls faster we have been warmly enjoying the glorious flowers of three Amaryllis bulbs* while watching the indomitable Dark-eyed Juncos outside [...]

2023-01-29T12:37:14-05:00Sunday, January 29, 2023|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, flowers|

The All Hallows Flower Count

The All Hallows Flower Count A quarter century ago when we still lived in England we used to record how many plants were still in flower at Christmas. In Quebec that’s always going to be zero but in recent years J has taken to making an annual list of the flowers still [...]

2022-11-02T08:05:43-04:00Tuesday, November 1, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening, Uncategorized|

There are still flowers in the garden

It is quite normal here at this time of the year for pictures to be exclusively focussed on the glorious fall colours of gold and brown and red but a gentle stroll in the garden this morning before coffee reminded me that provided the gardener does not indulge in the practice of [...]

2022-10-22T23:03:07-04:00Friday, October 21, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Traffic Jam

There are two groups of plants that are always spoken of as "THE" obligatory species to grow in a wildlife garden - Asters and Golden Rod. Very hot and sunny this afternoon in the garden and ten minutes baking in front of a single Golden Rod produced these eight species. There were more [...]

2022-09-03T15:46:55-04:00Saturday, September 3, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Insects|

Jack and the Beanstalk ??

Most of the plants in the garden have shot up this summer, but especially this group growing in the mead where we no longer mow. The yellow ones are Rudbeckia laciniata, and the purple ones are New England Aster while the "model provided for scale" is standing right next to the asters [...]

2022-08-16T11:38:40-04:00Tuesday, August 16, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Welcome to Our Garden

Welcome to our Garden ... On the eve of what may be the hottest and most humid weekend of the summer we thought to invite our friends to a "virtual open day". Welcome all ... Five years ago this was a suburban garden with a lawn. Plenty of shrubs and native plants [...]

2022-08-05T15:58:29-04:00Friday, August 5, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Morning in the Mead

The garden is about to suffer under a many-day heatwave starting tomorrow, but this morning with the light diffused by thin cloud it was pleasant to wander through the head high native flowers and enjoy their colours and varied forms. This is not quite the peak summer flower-show yet but that's not [...]

2022-07-14T10:58:38-04:00Thursday, July 14, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Weedy Flower Display

Our garden has no lawn - it has native flowers and is never mown ... J put together the illustrated vase of flowers. Some would call these weeds but they would be wrong. Not flashy, just nice. From a photography point of view I think I need to dispose of that railing on [...]

2022-07-08T17:31:28-04:00Thursday, July 7, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|
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