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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, [...]

2018-10-30T13:23:58-05:00Tuesday, 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 [...]

2018-10-21T18:02:51-05:00Sunday, 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 [...]

2018-09-16T11:52:50-05:00Friday, 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 [...]

2018-02-12T14:12:38-05:00Monday, 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 [...]

2016-12-07T17:47:36-05:00Wednesday, 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 [...]

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

Full steam ahead on the garden front

It's amazing just how fast "summer" comes to Quebec. Temperatures in the high 20s and more than somewhat humid is causing plants to go mad everywhere. J is planting out dahlias in the back garden at the moment while at the front of the house this gorgeous iris just unfurled. On the downside, our planted [...]

2014-06-02T17:35:58-05:00Monday, June 2, 2014|

The Great St Valentine’s Day Storm

Which is to say, the huge and deadly storm that paralysed the US but which was just another day in paradise up here where we fit winter tires to our vehicles ... A nice dump of snow made everything look shiny and new again so we did some photography up at the arboretum. Winter has [...]

2014-02-14T17:10:41-05:00Friday, February 14, 2014|

The larch tree in fall

We have such a plethora of fall colour in this part of thr world with the famous maple trees and so on that sometimes the more subtle colours are overlooked. In one corner of the garden we have a huge, tall larch tree (European larch, not the tamarack) which is a deciduous conifer - yes, [...]

2013-11-08T09:58:59-05:00Friday, November 8, 2013|

An August day in the garden

A beautiful hot and sunny day in the garden, mid-August with plenty of colour and insect activity - some birds too.  Here is a short gallery of  what we have been enjoying ... as usual, click on a thumbnail to open the gallery and then browse.

2013-08-18T13:45:56-05:00Sunday, August 18, 2013|