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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+00:00Thursday, November 1, 2018|

Solomon’s Seal

Autumn colour ... Makes a change from all the golden tree leaves ;) Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of [...]

2018-09-29T14:00:42+00:00Saturday, September 29, 2018|

Sparroworks Reviews #1 – Orchids

Books you might enjoy People who read this journal have an interest in gardens and wildlife and things that grow and make the world a better place. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and whether or not you want to be powerful there is a fair chance you will find some of the [...]

2018-09-07T14:25:36+00:00Friday, September 7, 2018|

Corpse Plant

Monotropa uniflora Also called the ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is a perennial wildflower named from its shape and its pure, pale white colour. Unlike most other plants, this species does not produce chlorophyll, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. As a result, it is completely white (including its stem and scale-like [...]

2018-08-28T13:10:06+00:00Thursday, August 16, 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+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

Summer Flowers

Sooner or later this exceptionally hot and humid weather will come to an end (please) and things can return to seasonal norms ... until then here are a few flowers that seem to be able to cope with the current conditions rather better than the gardening folk can manage. ___________________________ ___________________ Subscribe [...]

2018-07-24T14:41:51+00:00Tuesday, July 24, 2018|

American Goldfinch on Cosmos

Looking out from the shade at the garden and deciding that, yes, is was too hot to go out into the sun this lovely American Goldfinch (aka: Sherbet Lemon Bird) homes in on these Cosmos flowers that were previously standing tall and upright. A summer delight. EXIF data [...]

2018-07-21T19:31:28+00:00Saturday, July 21, 2018|

European Common Blue – Again!

Polyomattus icarus Although there are a dozen or more native hairstreak butterflies in southern Quebec, the one we seem to get most regularly in the garden is the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) that arrived in Canada not many years ago in the vicinity of Mirabel airport to the north of city and has [...]

2018-07-19T14:21:45+00:00Thursday, July 19, 2018|

Monarch Butterfly Larva

Monarch caterpillar on common milkweed (with video) Surprisingly active larva working it's way through the flowers of a common milkweed (Asclepis syriaca) in the garden We are seeing quite a number of monarch butterflies this year on the milkweed patches in our garden as well as on the town milkweed garden and in the [...]

2018-07-14T16:11:20+00:00Saturday, July 14, 2018|

Native Meadow Flowers

A corner of the town's milkweed meadow has started showing a nice collection of other flowering native plants that are looking especially fine in thie period of hot and dry sun. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC [...]

2018-07-10T14:48:21+00:00Tuesday, July 10, 2018|