The Skip Garden

The Skip Garden - A very different sort of garden We were in England for a couple of weeks recently - hence the curious absence of regular Sunday posts on this Journal. While there we spent a day with an old friend of J’s wandering around a part of London that until recently [...]

2019-05-17T17:58:44-04:00Sunday, May 19, 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|

Garden Portraits

Garden Portraits - a new venture I like gardening and I enjoy taking pictures of gardens. Recently I composed a couple of “Garden Portraits” of friends’ gardens and it occurred to me (and to the owners of the gardens) that others might like to have their own gardens celebrated in similar fashion. Maybe [...]

2019-03-21T13:15:16-04:00Sunday, March 17, 2019|

Fundamentals of Bird Gardening

This is the time of year, with spring approaching, that I get asked questions about what to do in the garden to attract birds and other wildlife. It happened earlier this morning. So I have put together a short page with some of the fundamental things you want to be doing. Happy to [...]

2019-03-09T19:00:31-05:00Sunday, March 10, 2019|

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|

On Gardening …

The Glory of the Garden Thanks to a good gardener friend in England, Penny, for drawing our attention to this excellent piece of Kiplingiana ... the plaque in the featured image is to be found at Gunby Hall, a National Trust property in Lincolnshire. OUR England is a garden that is full of stately views, [...]

2018-10-05T18:00:37-04:00Friday, October 5, 2018|

Upgrading the (Famous) Bird Pond

Making the pond more attractive ... to birds as well as ourselves Almost as long as J and I have been gardening here, say 20 years, we have had a pond. My back still remembers digging the hole one very hot and dry summer at a rate of about ten shovels-full a day after [...]

2018-09-30T13:21:58-04:00Thursday, September 27, 2018|

Garden Splendours

Time for a short update to the wildlife garden notes … some recent observations: Firstly, after 20 years in the garden we have finally recorded the visit of a chipmunk that was, what else, investigating the ground under the bird feeders. Interestingly, a recent discussion on a town residents' Facebook group was about recent [...]

2018-08-09T14:46:59-04:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

Catalpa Tree Flowers

"A tree full of orchids" The Catapla tree is such showy thing when in bloom that is is hard to believe that it is not a native species - this sort of thing is usually imported horticultural folly. Nevertheless, we need have no qualms about having one in our wildlife garden - though it [...]

2018-07-08T11:05:21-04:00Tuesday, July 3, 2018|


Asclepis syriaca The common milkweed plants that we raised from seed over the past couple of years have really established themselves now - one clump in front of the hose and one at the back. In the past few days the flowers have started to open and we are hoping for the arrival of [...]

2018-06-25T13:54:09-04:00Monday, June 25, 2018|