Text here Amelanchier canadensis A delayed spring that is cooler and wetter than normal is producing spectacular tree blossom everywhere. Text here Magnolia sp. We planted this tree twenty years ago in the "hope" that is would establish itself. As you can see, it had [...]

2019-05-19T10:42:53-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Flowers in the Garden – 16 May

Finally, things are growing Back from a couple off weeks in England we returned this week to find the garden had suddenly started to "move" despite the weather having been cooler than normal for the time of year. Thursday 16 was sunny though and a bit warmer so a wander around the garden [...]

2019-05-16T15:58:21-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Ephemeral Flower Walk

In Search of Spring Flowers in the Arboretum It's the time of year when the trees are in blossom and forest ephemerals are flowering and making the most of the available light before the tree leaves cast the forest floor into shade. Mid-week the Arboretum suggested a walking route that would take visitors [...]

2019-06-04T10:37:57-04:00Saturday, May 18, 2019|

Spring begins with Bloodroot and Birds

Sanguinaria and sparrows ... After the snowdrops managed to appear as the snow and ice reluctantly faded away we saw the appearance of the first crocuses in the garden round about the 15th of the month. Their appearance coincided with the sighting of a pair of Sapsuckers in the cedar tree by the [...]

2019-04-28T08:49:39-04:00Sunday, April 28, 2019|

House Hunting (and other pictures)

Song Sparrow There are a couple of pairs of Song Sparrows in the garden at the moment starting the process of looking for a nesting site and generally settling in. After Christmas we had put the ex-Xmas tree out on the deck near to the heated waterbath in order to provide shelter [...]

2019-04-20T17:41:34-04:00Sunday, April 14, 2019|

Sparse Rations

Busy week ... This has been an exceptionally busy week for an unemployed chap (doing the tax returns for example) and so I have little on the gardening or wildlife front with which to regale you this Sunday noontime. That is not to say there have not been achievements, for example the annual [...]

2019-04-06T16:54:00-04:00Sunday, April 7, 2019|

Spring is coming … eventually

We have buds ... As temperatures dive and the depth of snow and ice increases it's good to know that our two thriving magnolia trees are covered in buds that will open to glorious flowers when spring finally arrives. Metadata Copyright © All images are made available under [...]

2018-11-30T14:28:07-05:00Friday, November 30, 2018|

Early Winter Flowers

November 1 - what's still in flower? Long ago (long, long ago) we used to walk around our various gardens back in England making a note of the flowers in bloom on Christmas Day. Not a lot of point in doing that in Montreal but we did go for 1st November walk today and [...]

2018-11-01T16:55:21-04:00Thursday, November 1, 2018|

Solomon’s Seal

Autumn colour ... Makes a change from all the golden tree leaves ;) Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of [...]

2018-09-29T14:00:42-04:00Saturday, September 29, 2018|

Sparroworks Reviews #1 – Orchids

Books you might enjoy People who read this journal have an interest in gardens and wildlife and things that grow and make the world a better place. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and whether or not you want to be powerful there is a fair chance you will find some of the [...]

2018-09-07T14:25:36-04:00Friday, September 7, 2018|