The Garden in June

Living with Wildlife Not infrequently after looking at a plant or bird picture that we have shared here or on Facebook people ask if they can see our "wildlife" garden ... not everyone lives close enough to book one of our guided tours so this is what (part of) it looks like on [...]

2019-06-16T11:32:57-04:00Sunday, June 16, 2019|

Not Cutting the Grass

A better sort of lawn A corner of the garden, with cherry and Amelanchier blossom, in the warm evening light. You will observe that the "lawn" is not a striped green sward cut to within an inch its life but has been left to do what it wants to do. It is [...]

2019-05-26T21:17:27-04:00Sunday, May 26, 2019|

Blossom

Text here Amelanchier canadensis A delayed spring that is cooler and wetter than normal is producing spectacular tree blossom everywhere. Text here Magnolia sp. We planted this tree twenty years ago in the "hope" that is would establish itself. As you can see, it had [...]

2019-05-19T10:42:53-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Flowers in the Garden – 16 May

Finally, things are growing Back from a couple off weeks in England we returned this week to find the garden had suddenly started to "move" despite the weather having been cooler than normal for the time of year. Thursday 16 was sunny though and a bit warmer so a wander around the garden [...]

2019-05-16T15:58:21-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|

Spring is coming … eventually

We have buds ... As temperatures dive and the depth of snow and ice increases it's good to know that our two thriving magnolia trees are covered in buds that will open to glorious flowers when spring finally arrives. Metadata Copyright © All images are made available under [...]

2018-11-30T14:28:07-05:00Friday, November 30, 2018|

Early Winter Flowers

November 1 - what's still in flower? Long ago (long, long ago) we used to walk around our various gardens back in England making a note of the flowers in bloom on Christmas Day. Not a lot of point in doing that in Montreal but we did go for 1st November walk today and [...]

2018-11-01T16:55:21-04:00Thursday, November 1, 2018|

Sparroworks Reviews #1 – Orchids

Books you might enjoy People who read this journal have an interest in gardens and wildlife and things that grow and make the world a better place. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and whether or not you want to be powerful there is a fair chance you will find some of the [...]

2018-09-07T14:25:36-04:00Friday, September 7, 2018|

Summer Flowers

Sooner or later this exceptionally hot and humid weather will come to an end (please) and things can return to seasonal norms ... until then here are a few flowers that seem to be able to cope with the current conditions rather better than the gardening folk can manage. ___________________________ ___________________ Subscribe [...]

2018-07-24T14:41:51-04:00Tuesday, July 24, 2018|

American Goldfinch on Cosmos

Looking out from the shade at the garden and deciding that, yes, is was too hot to go out into the sun this lovely American Goldfinch (aka: Sherbet Lemon Bird) homes in on these Cosmos flowers that were previously standing tall and upright. A summer delight. EXIF data [...]

2018-07-21T19:31:28-04:00Saturday, July 21, 2018|

European Common Blue – Again!

Polyomattus icarus Although there are a dozen or more native hairstreak butterflies in southern Quebec, the one we seem to get most regularly in the garden is the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) that arrived in Canada not many years ago in the vicinity of Mirabel airport to the north of city and has [...]

2018-07-19T14:21:45-04:00Thursday, July 19, 2018|
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