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Finally – June in the Garden

All months are nice in the garden, but June has to be one of the best for sheer variety. Here are a few flowers we are enjoying as the month begins. Anemone canadensis Viburnum trilobum Spirea (Bridal Wreath flower) Molly's Dell Reliable Iris ... [...]

2018-06-03T11:20:58+00:00Saturday, June 2, 2018|

“Cranbuck” Bread … Modified

A quite delicious “new” bread for eating with cheese and toasted for breakfast with honey and fruit jams. Also excellent with plenty of butter for tea. A couple of months ago I posted some notes on an excellent bread recipe I had worked out that tastes very nice and complex, is easy to make [...]

2018-03-29T15:26:39+00:00Thursday, March 29, 2018|

Really Good Bread

We are in the depths of winter hereabouts so we are wandering off on a parallel path this week to talk about bread instead of gardens. The garden is under a couple of feet of snow and ice and there’s only so much you can say about feeder-birds to engage one’s audience. When I [...]

2018-02-04T09:28:11+00:00Saturday, February 3, 2018|

Falling into a Warbling Week

As the weather cools down (thank goodness) the first tints of autumn are beginning to appear and many leaves are starting to look tired. We have a large bank of mixed dogwoods on the southern edge of the garden and it is full of juvenile Song Sparrows, Purple Finches, House Finches all searching for [...]

2017-09-04T07:31:57+00:00Sunday, September 3, 2017|

The Gardeners are on Vacation

The garden is looking after itself, as are the creatures that live in it. We have gone away for a few days to enjoy the southern migration of shorebirds in the Bay of Fundy. Our weekly accounts from the garden will resume on 20 August ... if you have any questions in the meantime [...]

2017-08-01T13:56:11+00:00Tuesday, August 1, 2017|

Beetles and Butterflies

The invasion of the Japanese Beetles continues in full flow this week and the cumulative totals already exceed those for the same date from last year - and last year we ended up with a final tally of well over 2000 of the shiny little fellows. Hard to think what might happen this summer [...]

2017-07-22T14:29:02+00:00Saturday, July 22, 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+00:00Saturday, July 8, 2017|

Fat Berries and Birds

Another week of muggy days, heavy rain and some sunshine with swelling and ripening berries attracting juvenile birds learning their avian skills. The Amelanchier berries are always early ripeners and have attracted the attentions of both American Robins and Cedar Waxwings this week  … as you can see from the featured images on the [...]

2017-07-01T11:31:51+00:00Saturday, July 1, 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+00:00Saturday, June 17, 2017|

Snow, snow, more snow and birds

Last week we had a good area of snow-free ground and were getting excited about possibilities for the next few days despite some bone-breaking night temperatures, a distinctly colder than usual for the date -20C to start the week off … but now we have to say there is almost no gardening at all [...]

2017-03-17T16:46:19+00:00Friday, March 17, 2017|