The Garden in June

Living with Wildlife Not infrequently after looking at a plant or bird picture that we have shared here or on Facebook people ask if they can see our "wildlife" garden ... not everyone lives close enough to book one of our guided tours so this is what (part of) it looks like on [...]

2019-06-16T11:32:57-04:00Sunday, June 16, 2019|

Not Cutting the Grass

A better sort of lawn A corner of the garden, with cherry and Amelanchier blossom, in the warm evening light. You will observe that the "lawn" is not a striped green sward cut to within an inch its life but has been left to do what it wants to do. It is [...]

2019-05-26T21:17:27-04:00Sunday, May 26, 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|

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|