Artistic endeavours

As luck would have it ... This Thanksgiving Monday it was cool and showery looking out of the window, as one does, I was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it's leaves and thereby [...]

2019-10-14T18:03:07-04:00Sunday, October 20, 2019|

Planting an Orchard

This has been a busy couple of weeks, culminating today with the planting of a new community orchard in our little town of Baie-D'Urfé. This is NOT me ... Those of you who knew our garden in England 21+ years ago will remember that we had lots of fruit trees, bees [...]

2019-09-29T08:19:16-04:00Sunday, September 29, 2019|

Is it Poisonous?

Another error of common naming A common tree/shrub in North America is the Sumac, around here mostly the Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina), athough there are several other species in the genus. A good row of them grow along the boundary of the Garden at Fritz where I volunteer every summer and shelter [...]

2019-07-28T06:04:26-04:00Sunday, July 28, 2019|

Why Parks Matter to Us

I have had a city park near to me pretty well all my life and because they have always been there I have rather taken it for granted that they always would be. Some parks have been wide open with trees and grass and sometimes a lake. While others have been more formal [...]

2019-07-05T21:02:46-04:00Friday, July 5, 2019|

The Copse – Two Years On

Two years ago as part of the creation of the Canada 150 Trail in the Morgan Arboretum a subset of volunteers from the friends of the Morgan Arboretum created "The Copse". As I have said in earlier posts, this is a small collection of trees and shrubs, all native species, selected for their [...]

2019-06-19T13:59:24-04:00Wednesday, June 19, 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|

Going a bit “Middle Earthish”

Elves or Gnomes? Looking south from the path beside the "Bobolink Field" in the arboretum. Always a bird-rich and interesting part of the trail system. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which [...]

2018-11-06T14:31:59-05:00Tuesday, October 30, 2018|

Tree glows in the dark

Katsura tree The garden Katsura tree always seems to glow in low light at this time of year once the leaves turn to golden yellow. This evening I tried to capture some of the effect. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative [...]

2018-10-21T18:02:51-04:00Sunday, October 21, 2018|

Woodpecker eviction 

Nest-hole Renovations In the front garden there is a large, old and rather magnificent paper birch tree. In fact so magnificent it was a reason we chose to buy this house 20 years ago. The tree has three trunks, one of which has shown signs of rot for a while now and the top [...]

2018-09-16T11:52:50-04:00Friday, September 14, 2018|

A wall against the mist

Early morning at Kenauk A picture from the archives ... Several years ago while staying in the cabin at Kenauk I took my camera and a mug of coffee for a short walk. To the left of the trees is a large lake that was dense with early mist while to the right is [...]

2018-08-28T14:57:41-04:00Tuesday, August 28, 2018|