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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|

Progressive Bee Fly … unusual

Something a little unusual in this morning's garden. This is a "Bee Fly" and possibly Exoprosopa decora ... the Progressive Bee Fly. To quote from the internet - a member of the Bombyliidae which is a family of flies (diptera) comprising hundreds of genera, but the life cycles of most species are [...]

2022-08-05T12:53:50-04:00Friday, August 5, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Insects|

Cannibal Pirate Spider

Washing some fresh kale brought in from the garden last night, J came face to face with a spider. As one does. Being a naturalist of stout mien she put it in one of the insect pots that are strategically placed around our house for just such encounters and asked me if this [...]

2022-07-21T14:12:22-04:00Thursday, July 21, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|

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|

Come for a Walk in the Garden

We thought you might like to come with us for a short walk in the evening garden at the end of June. Turn up the sound for the birdsong and pour yourself a G&T. This is what you can have to enjoy once you stop mowing your lawn. In a very few [...]

2022-06-30T20:00:13-04:00Thursday, June 30, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening|

The Mead in June

About a month on from the last virtual visit to the no-mow garden. Everything is growing really well and in great profusion. Here are a few images from a walk-round this afternoon. So much more interest than a mown patch of alien grasses. The next stage, starting in June, will be the [...]

2022-06-15T17:04:50-04:00Wednesday, June 15, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Campanulae

Our front garden does not get the attention it perhaps should, given that it it what people see as they pass by. When we came here 24 years ago it was fairly open with one large paper birch tree at the northern edge (that tree was what attracted me to buy the house [...]

2022-06-11T14:53:35-04:00Saturday, June 11, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

First Visitors

After a couple of hot days around and in the newly refurbished garden pond with its up-sized waterfall we were wondering which birds would be the first to make use of their four-star facilities. It was going to be improbable that it would be a warbler or anything rare and interesting as the [...]

2022-06-09T15:01:50-04:00Tuesday, June 7, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden, pond|

Rejuvenating the Wildlife Pond

Over twenty years ago, faced with a large garden and looking for an interesting challenge we decided to install a garden pond. Edited anonymous quotation: I built my first backyard pond about twenty years ago. After seeing a massive pond on a rural garden tour, I was hooked. The sound of [...]

2022-06-03T21:43:19-04:00Friday, June 3, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening, pond, wildlife|
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