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Indoors and Out

Winter in Quebec can be rather cold and tough but it has its compensations given a warm coat and boots. Sitting here this morning as the snow falls and the temperature falls faster we have been warmly enjoying the glorious flowers of three Amaryllis bulbs* while watching the indomitable Dark-eyed Juncos outside [...]

2023-01-29T12:37:14-05:00Sunday, January 29, 2023|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, flowers|

2022 – Birds of the Year

2022 - Another Year of Birding As a new year starts I like to make a note of the birding “ticks” from the year just coming to an end. Here goes for 2022 … a couple of days early but I don't expect anything new between now and the weekend. First, it's important [...]

2022-12-30T16:36:18-05:00Wednesday, December 28, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Montreal, Quebec|

The All Hallows Flower Count

The All Hallows Flower Count A quarter century ago when we still lived in England we used to record how many plants were still in flower at Christmas. In Quebec that’s always going to be zero but in recent years J has taken to making an annual list of the flowers still [...]

2022-11-02T08:05:43-04:00Tuesday, November 1, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening, Uncategorized|

There are still flowers in the garden

It is quite normal here at this time of the year for pictures to be exclusively focussed on the glorious fall colours of gold and brown and red but a gentle stroll in the garden this morning before coffee reminded me that provided the gardener does not indulge in the practice of [...]

2022-10-22T23:03:07-04:00Friday, October 21, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Now in PRINT !!

Earlier this year, just in time for spring, I completed an early version of my book 1001 Species: A Natural History of a Small Town and offered it to the public as free PDF download. It enjoyed moderate success in the very small and rather niche market it was offered to and [...]

2022-09-16T18:21:51-04:00Friday, September 16, 2022|1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Book, wildflowers, wildlife|

Obedience

Obedience (Physostegia virginiana) Back-lit in the morning light. A native flower that gets its name from the fact that you can, apparently, twist and turn the flower stems and they stay where you put them.

2022-08-21T10:26:15-04:00Sunday, August 21, 2022|Uncategorized|

Jack and the Beanstalk ??

Most of the plants in the garden have shot up this summer, but especially this group growing in the mead where we no longer mow. The yellow ones are Rudbeckia laciniata, and the purple ones are New England Aster while the "model provided for scale" is standing right next to the asters [...]

2022-08-16T11:38:40-04:00Tuesday, August 16, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|
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