Autumn Gold

Autumnal tree colour in Quebec is always spectacular but everything is late this year. Realizing that November is almost upon us, last night was the first frost and the weekend will be blattering rain we took a walk in the Arboretum this morning to catch what will probably be the last of the [...]

2021-10-29T15:37:26-04:00Friday, October 29, 2021|arboretum, autumn|

Golden Colours

One year ago we had planned to spend a weekend away to celebrate our 50th anniversary but covid meant it all had to be cancelled at the last minute - quite a disappointment. A couple of golden oldies Good things come to he/she who waits however and we have just celebrated [...]

2021-10-15T18:57:29-04:00Monday, October 11, 2021|birds, canada, environment, trees|

Forest Walking

The End of Autumn We had thought that our last visit to the forest a couple of weeks ago would be the high spot of the tree colour this year but somehow the leaves have hung on and this morning's exercise found us walking under some more glorious golden trees. That and [...]

2020-12-06T14:25:18-05:00Friday, October 23, 2020|arboretum|

Golden Morning in the Arboretum

This is Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada and yesterday was our Golden Wedding - what better way to celebrate both than a walk in the golden light of the Arboretum. After 50 years our feet know the paths to follow rather well. [...]

2020-10-11T07:15:00-04:00Sunday, October 11, 2020|arboretum, trees|

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving Sunday 2019 A lot of summer is too hot while winters, delightfully cold as they are, are too long (they'd be fine if we could just skip the month of March). Meanwhile this part of the world is famed for its glorious autumn/fall colours which are just beginning to reach their peak [...]

2019-10-13T18:25:55-04:00Sunday, October 13, 2019|autumn, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|

The Crepuscular Garden

Glowing at Twilight One of the pleasures of a garden like ours is that, especially at this time year when summer is sliding into autumn/fall, is sitting with a restorative drink and watching the seasonal flowers begin to positively "glow" as twilight takes over. It would be an unwanted cliché to suggest this [...]

2019-09-17T12:32:03-04:00Tuesday, September 17, 2019|autumn, flowers, Garden|

Autumn is Coming

Signs of the Season Turning Our first visit to North America was in 1987 at about this time of the year. A friend we were staying with mentioned that seeing Egrets on a lake in Minnesota was his marker that summer is nearly over while ours has become seeing Golden Rod in flower. [...]

2019-08-11T12:22:05-04:00Sunday, August 11, 2019|autumn, Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

Saturday lunchtime in the garden

Walking about ... Spent several hours this morning working in the town park just down the road to help with the planting of 224 new trees from some 33 different native species to enhance and extend the wooded area already there. Feeling rather stiff this afternoon I took the camera for a walk around [...]

2018-10-13T13:18:43-04:00Saturday, October 13, 2018|Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Cold at Last

The week began with warnings that “winter is coming” and ended with it being here in spades. At least we had a warning and were able to spend time doing final garden winterizing. An early frost had finally killed the pansies in pots as well as a beautiful heliotrope and so the last of [...]

2017-11-11T16:56:54-05:00Saturday, November 11, 2017|autumn, Baie-D'Urfe, birds, Garden|

Almost too busy for gardening

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot” … all that and the municipal elections mean that not much has been achieved in the garden this week that is worthy of mention. There are still leaves on the trees, though thankfully they are finally starting to turn yellow and drop to the [...]

2017-11-04T15:07:13-04:00Saturday, November 4, 2017|baie d'urfe, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening|
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