Planting an Orchard

This has been a busy couple of weeks, culminating today with the planting of a new community orchard in our little town of Baie-D'Urfé. This is NOT me ... Those of you who knew our garden in England 21+ years ago will remember that we had lots of fruit trees, bees [...]

2019-09-29T08:19:16-04:00Sunday, September 29, 2019|

The Copse – Two Years On

Two years ago as part of the creation of the Canada 150 Trail in the Morgan Arboretum a subset of volunteers from the friends of the Morgan Arboretum created "The Copse". As I have said in earlier posts, this is a small collection of trees and shrubs, all native species, selected for their [...]

2019-06-19T13:59:24-04:00Wednesday, June 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|

After two years gestation …

A Walk in the Forest ... a Self-guided Exploration in the Morgan Arboretum Following the success of the Guide to Birding in the Arboretum that was released a couple of years ago, the final touches are now complete  on the arboretum trail guide that we have been developing for the past two [...]

2019-03-29T17:58:09-04:00Sunday, March 31, 2019|

Late Autumn Colour in the Arboretum

Still some wonderful colour Spent a couple of hours in the arboretum this morning, just poking around on the trails. I had deliberately not taken a camera with me as to be honest I expected the best of the colour would now be behind us and I wanted to concentrate on the birds.  Well, [...]

2018-10-30T13:23:58-04:00Tuesday, October 30, 2018|

Tree glows in the dark

Katsura tree The garden Katsura tree always seems to glow in low light at this time of year once the leaves turn to golden yellow. This evening I tried to capture some of the effect. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative [...]

2018-10-21T18:02:51-04:00Sunday, October 21, 2018|

Woodpecker eviction 

Nest-hole Renovations In the front garden there is a large, old and rather magnificent paper birch tree. In fact so magnificent it was a reason we chose to buy this house 20 years ago. The tree has three trunks, one of which has shown signs of rot for a while now and the top [...]

2018-09-16T11:52:50-04:00Friday, September 14, 2018|

Birch Trees

This photograph of a group of paper birch trees in the deep snow - in the arboretum, of course, also appears in a separate blog post along with others taken on the same occasion. However, the more I look at it, the more pleased I am by the image that appeared at the end [...]

2018-02-12T14:12:38-04:00Monday, February 12, 2018|

Subtle colours

The leaves are falling everywhere now and the flashy bright oranges and reds that this part of the world is famous for are over and gone ... which leaves us with some really attractive but more subtle shades. A quiet corner of the Sparroworks garden at the start of November. A collection of [...]

2016-12-07T17:47:36-04:00Wednesday, November 2, 2016|

Katsura gold

In the early years of our Canadian gardening adventure we purchased a Katsura tree from the arboretum and planted it next to the pond. We were advised that this was a small tree, maybe 15ft tall when mature ... that was wrong, it is a good bit past that height now and going strong. Should [...]

2014-10-05T17:21:24-04:00Sunday, October 5, 2014|