Young Birds and Changing Seasons

The Gardeners are back from a superb week’s birding on Grand Manan (if that sort of thing interests you there is a short series of posts with photographs of birds and the like at Anyway - here we are in the garden again and in the short time we were away things have [...]

2017-08-20T09:13:23-04:00Friday, August 18, 2017|

Seasonal changes

This week we were very much aware of seasonal plant succession as early summer blooms begin to give way to our mid-summer flowers. The dark pink lilies have now finished blooming and their place has been taken by rather splendid orange and yellow varieties with the addition of a smaller number of dark reds [...]

2017-07-29T16:18:58-04:00Saturday, July 29, 2017|

A Big Black Bee (and too many Japanese Beetles)

A mostly warm, on occasion too warm, week saw the first arrival in the garden this summer of Japanese Beetles in the usual pale pink rose they always home in on. By the end of the first day J had caught and killed 17 of them and every day since has seen similar numbers. [...]

2017-07-11T11:54:49-04:00Saturday, July 8, 2017|

Fireflies, Fleabane and Birds learning to be Birds

Things have slowed down a little in the garden this week on the plant front. No especially new appearances but lots of things growing rapidly and strongly with the first of the berry fruits ripening - much to the joy of the juvenile birds we are hosting. It’s amusing watching young birds learning to [...]

2017-06-24T13:56:29-04:00Saturday, June 24, 2017|

Bursting Blooms

We are very much getting into the mid-June season of spectacular flowers which, in their turn, are attracting some pretty interesting insects. We think you will enjoy this week's photographs … The week started with a few horrendously hot and humid days … of course, that all depends on what your metabolism is attuned [...]

2017-06-23T14:28:58-04:00Saturday, June 17, 2017|

Activity everywhere – and “Bee Flies”

STOP PRESS First Garden Warbler of 2017 Just half an hour before going to blog auto-distribution ... the Warbler Magnet garden waterfall has brought in its first warbler of the year. A beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler. ***************** Phew, got that in here by the skin of our teeth White-throated Sparrow [...]

2017-04-30T10:32:51-04:00Friday, April 28, 2017|

Territorial activity and help with identification

“They can cut all the flowers, but they can't stop the spring...”   -   Pablo Neruda. It’s been a messy week in the garden weather-wise. Not terribly cold but a promised snow dump turned out to be a bit of snow with a healthy dose of ice pellets and then rain. We are starting [...]

2017-01-28T14:26:11-05:00Friday, January 27, 2017|

Raccoons, Robins and Fireflies

When we first came to Canada in 1998 people would constantly tell us in winter that "you should have been here ten years ago - the snow was this high etc etc". We thought it quite cold and white enough, thank you very much, but now we would be making the same observations to newcomers [...]

2017-01-21T15:59:55-05:00Friday, January 20, 2017|

Encouraging News for Gardeners

The Head Gardener recently posted the happy news on Facebook that the kill-rate for Japanese Beetles in this garden had passed 700, mostly found on one large rose bush in recent weeks. Each beetle lovingly and individually drowned in soapy saline solution. The tally has now passed 800 and will soon, we hope, reach 1000. [...]

2016-08-01T13:26:42-04:00Monday, August 1, 2016|

Death in the Afternoon

  The Lord High Executioner (J) is closing in rapidly on her 500th Japanese Beetle kill and has found other garden residents to help her in her task ... this crab spider was found on an Oenothera plant busily working to turn a Japanese Beetle into a healthy meal. That's what we like to see. [...]

2016-12-07T19:40:16-05:00Saturday, July 23, 2016|
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