Catching up on the Garden News

Snow and some very good birds Apart from a few photographs of birds and flowers there hasn’t been much keeping up to date here with notes about the garden and its wildlife but now we have fully entered winter with a couple of decent snowfalls and a minus -18C night forecast before the end [...]

2018-11-25T16:09:46-05:00Wednesday, November 21, 2018|

“Berries – Red Berries!”

Snack time The red berries on the Viburnum bushes are being eaten early this winter ... with some of the outside staff putting in excess energy to reach them. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 [...]

2018-11-17T12:46:57-05:00Saturday, November 17, 2018|

“Springtime in Paradise”

It's been snowing ... Mid-March in Montreal we wouldn't expect anything else - other than that friends from milder climates are sharing pictures of green grass and spring flowers while our brave clump of snowdrops that was standing tall yesterday is once again (third time) buried from site. Nevertheless, it's been a beautiful morning [...]

2018-03-14T13:10:04-04:00Wednesday, March 14, 2018|

Starting the year – thoughts on bird feeding

(1) The value of wildlife gardens And so we come to a new gardening year and more opportunities for making our own small or large home patches welcoming to wildlife. We will get to what has been happening in this garden shortly (snow mostly ) but it’s an opportune time for us to pause [...]

2018-01-06T12:44:37-05:00Saturday, January 6, 2018|

The Weekly Views (1-6 January 2018)

Some interesting photographs from the period 1-6 January 2018 (click any thumbnail to see the images at full size) This weeks views ... Snow cushioned in the divided trunk of a paper birch tree Cat-tails backlit by a winter sun This and image #4 are two pictures of the [...]

2018-01-04T12:34:01-05:00Saturday, January 6, 2018|

Boxing Day – Have a Rest

Christmas Day brought with it a rather splendid snow fall (just as it is supposed to) ... time now to put your feet up with a good book and a cup of coffee/tea

2017-12-26T10:24:52-05:00Tuesday, December 26, 2017|

Merry Christmas … from the Garden People to the Garden People

You will be receiving this on Christmas Eve … whether you pause to read it immediately is another matter but whether you do or not Jean and I wish you all, gardeners, wildlife gardeners or just occasional visitors, all the best for Christmas and the days and months that follow. Apart from one faithful [...]

2017-12-24T13:14:07-05:00Saturday, December 23, 2017|

Now the Days get Longer

11:28 am Thursday 21 December is the exact time of the Winter Solstice after which the daylight hours gradually increase day by day until suddenly it will be spring. Something to celebrate. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a [...]

2017-12-20T14:19:36-05:00Thursday, December 21, 2017|

A Brown Week and some Planning Ahead

Rather a short journal entry this week, we fear. Quiet, getting colder, lots of shades of brown and still leaves hanging on determinedly to some of the trees. The only stand-out colour comes from the red berries on the Viburnum and the new plantings of Ilex verticiliata- featured image above -  at the back of [...]

2017-12-09T14:35:24-05:00Saturday, December 9, 2017|

High Water (still)

Back in May there were bad floods around the island - waters are still high over six months later due to summer long attempts to lower levels back in the Great Lakes, in fact they have been rising again in the past week or two. Sony RX10m3 camera lens 80mm ISO 100 1/500s [...]

2017-12-09T18:02:12-05:00Wednesday, December 6, 2017|