Our No-Mow July Garden – Update

A garden for children of all ages. Since, some three or four years ago we decided to stop mowing our lawn but create a native flower “mead” in its place, we have been fascinated by how much more interesting our garden has become - and also by the fascination this style of [...]

2021-07-31T11:31:45-04:00Saturday, July 31, 2021|

500 … and a change of pace

500 days ago I set myself the daily challenge of identifying and then sharing at least one different species of bird, insect, plant etc that I could find locally. Yesterday the number reached the 500 mark. My intention is to double that and reach at least 1000 species but no longer will I [...]

2021-07-18T11:09:17-04:00Sunday, July 18, 2021|

Take a Walk Around the Garden

An afternoon in July The experiment with "no-mow" gardening continues and now we are in the first half of July and three years along the road to creating a "mead" where once there were boring, monoculture grasses. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words so here is a small [...]

2021-07-11T12:34:08-04:00Wednesday, July 7, 2021|

“Wot, no Oranges?”

Baltimore Oriole As most people know, to attract a Baltimore Oriole to your garden you are supposed to put out fresh fruit - a half orange being a classic meal for them or maybe some grapes. This immature male arrived and obviously had not yet reached that page in the How to [...]

2021-07-04T17:16:53-04:00Sunday, July 4, 2021|

Sunshine Garden

Today is the Fête nationale in Quebec, St-Jean Baptiste, and the sun is shining. Not many words to go with this, just a sunny corner of the garden to share with anyone who likes gardens. So much greenery here with fat flower buds starting to form ... it won't be long now until [...]

2021-06-24T17:24:26-04:00Thursday, June 24, 2021|

Teenagers …

It's that time of the year again when the young birds leave the nest and the berries on the trees begin to ripen. This morning a recently fledged American Robin (note spotty breast) was flopping about in an Amelanchier canadensis tree in the garden and learning to take fruit without falling out [...]

2021-06-13T10:50:10-04:00Sunday, June 13, 2021|

Taxonomic Fun with Roses

Why taxonomy is fun and confusing ... on the naming of roses. For years we have grown a truly splendid red-leaved species rose that is hardy to zone 2 (that's really hardy). When we first knew it, it was named Rosa rubrifolia but in recent years it has been renamed Rosa glauca. [...]

2021-06-06T12:47:17-04:00Sunday, June 6, 2021|

Carolina Wren Nest and Young

At last - it can be shared (** Warning - what follows was only observed and recorded because it was possible to do so without the birds being aware that they were being watched. We are only sharing it now that the birds have fledged and departed and there is no risk to [...]

2021-05-25T17:37:21-04:00Tuesday, May 25, 2021|

Bird Battles

Showdown at the OK Bathhouse … Although many people equate birds with calm and peaceful lifestyles spent twittering about amongst the rose and blossoms, in reality birds are feisty creatures. None more so than Wrens who have serious dominance issues. This afternoon at the “bird magnet” pool atop our waterfall the male and [...]

2021-05-14T18:24:14-04:00Friday, May 14, 2021|

Wild Garden Record

We get a number of requests from interested gardeners wishing to see our developing "Lo-Mow" ex-lawn. Accordingly this year, as visiting and seeing in person is still not wise under present circumstances, we are creating a page on this website devoted to seasonal changes. In essence, every week or two we will add [...]

2021-05-06T17:22:26-04:00Thursday, May 6, 2021|
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