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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|

Welcome to Our Garden

Welcome to our Garden ... On the eve of what may be the hottest and most humid weekend of the summer we thought to invite our friends to a "virtual open day". Welcome all ... Five years ago this was a suburban garden with a lawn. Plenty of shrubs and native plants [...]

2022-08-05T15:58:29-04:00Friday, August 5, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

We (almost) won Canada !!

The five day Nature Conservancy Canada Bioblitz ended last night and we came in eighth out of 1788 participants (8/1788). That's two spots down the league table from last year but at 249 species we increased our total by 32 ... eighth place out of all of Canada. Must say we are [...]

2022-08-03T09:20:07-04:00Tuesday, August 2, 2022|1000 Species, wildlife|

Morning in the Mead

The garden is about to suffer under a many-day heatwave starting tomorrow, but this morning with the light diffused by thin cloud it was pleasant to wander through the head high native flowers and enjoy their colours and varied forms. This is not quite the peak summer flower-show yet but that's not [...]

2022-07-14T10:58:38-04:00Thursday, July 14, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Weedy Flower Display

Our garden has no lawn - it has native flowers and is never mown ... J put together the illustrated vase of flowers. Some would call these weeds but they would be wrong. Not flashy, just nice. From a photography point of view I think I need to dispose of that railing on [...]

2022-07-08T17:31:28-04:00Thursday, July 7, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Come for a Walk in the Garden

We thought you might like to come with us for a short walk in the evening garden at the end of June. Turn up the sound for the birdsong and pour yourself a G&T. This is what you can have to enjoy once you stop mowing your lawn. In a very few [...]

2022-06-30T20:00:13-04:00Thursday, June 30, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, Garden, Gardening|

The Kingdom of the Savannah Sparrow

Iles-de-la-Madeleine 2022 There is a small archipelago of beautiful islands a couple of hours flight north-east of Montreal in the middle of the Gulf of St-Lawrence where we have just passed a splendid week watching birds, discovering wild flowers and eating marvellously fresh seafood. This post is simply a brief record of the [...]

2022-06-29T14:33:07-04:00Wednesday, June 29, 2022|Accounts, animals, flowers, Quebec, sparrows, wildlife|

The Mead in June

About a month on from the last virtual visit to the no-mow garden. Everything is growing really well and in great profusion. Here are a few images from a walk-round this afternoon. So much more interest than a mown patch of alien grasses. The next stage, starting in June, will be the [...]

2022-06-15T17:04:50-04:00Wednesday, June 15, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|

Campanulae

Our front garden does not get the attention it perhaps should, given that it it what people see as they pass by. When we came here 24 years ago it was fairly open with one large paper birch tree at the northern edge (that tree was what attracted me to buy the house [...]

2022-06-11T14:53:35-04:00Saturday, June 11, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden|

Never-Mow Update … 25 May

No-mow May has taken off it seems judging by the dandelions seen on lawns as we walk around town - there have even been areas of parks that so far have remained longer than tradition dictates and at the council meeting earlier this year two councillors extolled the virtues of not mowing [...]

2022-05-26T17:10:23-04:00Thursday, May 26, 2022|Baie-D'Urfe, environment, Garden, Gardening|
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