Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's not too late...

As long as the ground remains unfrozen,
plant spring bulbs. 
A couple of snowflakes can't get you down... 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Delayed Gratification

Great pleasure dividends is one compelling reason 
to plant spring bulbs now.
A lush spring garden is proof positive that life marches on 
even after a long dreary winter.
 The abundance in the variety of bulbs is generous, 
there is so much to choose from.

This is Sicilian Honey Garlic ( Allium siculum Ucria) of the Allium family.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Thorny Issue-Pride

One reason to celebrate this Easy Elegance rose today 
is that it has been going strong since June-incredible really.
And, it has been free of disease during its entire bloom period.

 This rose-Macy's Pride was selected to mark
the department store retailer's centennial.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Raise Hell-eborus

Today, the helleborus (Christmas Rose) is pushing out new foliage
when all the other players are preparing for a deep sleep.
She blooms from December to April, 
often before any bulbs join the garden party.
Raise a little hell-eborus.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sponge Bath

The indoor plants
languish outside all  summer.
The seasonal "risk of frost warning"
means it's time 
to give them a gentle sponge bath
and bring them inside.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Lake-the Ultimate Water Feature

On a cloudy cool autumn day, 
two hundred small rainbow trout join their cousins in the lake.
It's a happy event!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Here's a snapshot of great things happening in the community garden.  
Nestled between condos and train tracks, 
kale and cherry tomatoes are ready to harvest!
Marvelous locally grown food.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Great White North

Last long weekend of the summer 
and this is the place that renews inspiration
-a forest of spruce, pine, birch, cedars and a lake.

Monday, August 26, 2013


This is Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum).
The definition of a weed is a wild plant that is growing unwanted
and is in competition with cultivated plants. 

But in fact this weed has many qualities.
This weed is an edible herb that attracts butterflies and birds.
This weed is a hardy native perennial, a vigorous spreader and
it blooms late summer to early fall when other plants have packed it in for the year.
Measuring up to 3 feet tall, the ornamental mauve pink flowers won me over.

You decide-what's in a name?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

oooh Glory!

Morning Glories are prolific self-seeding annuals.
 The flower blooms on a vine and flourishes in sunny, sheltered sites 
from early summer to first frost.
The vertical aspect of the garden gets a great colour bump-bonus!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


shows up in the most 
surprising ways. 

New adoption in The Garden.

Mountain Fire Japonica Pieris 
...more than a one trick pony.

Monday, July 29, 2013

ohhh Savannah!

Revisiting Savannah, Georgia today for samples of 
exceptional formal gardens.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Famous Fig Leaf

Standing tall and erect and reaching towards the sun,
the glossy leaves capture the rays.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


The wind, torrential rain, lightening and thunder 
did little to disturb this 

Thank you.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

a rose is a ROSE and so much more...

You cannot fully experience a rose without savouring its perfume...
a feature not lost on the birds and the bees.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

it's a GIRL!

Holly (Ilex)
Hard to know a boy from a girl, until you get the berries.
The proof. A two year old mystery is put to rest.
The suspense was unprecedented.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

outgoing...and INcoming

Successive bloom in a small perennial garden is a small victory. 
Love the contrast of the giant allium's globular architecture
 with the baby hydrangea blossoms.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Moments before the SP-Roing!

Two years of patience pays off.
These luscious peonies made their way to my garden
thanks to my generous friends, Annabelle and Christine.
The gnarly rhizomes were happily adopted into the fold.
Sharing is good.
The garden is a living patchwork.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jungle in a Square Foot

 Fleshy mukdenia rossi pushes up against 
lysimachia clethroides (gooseneck loosestrife)
and aromatic mint make up this bouquet.
Shake things up:
Dig, Divide and Share the Abundance.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Poetry in a Tree

Dwarf Weeping Serbian Spruce (Picea Omorika Nana Pendula)
If you possess even the slightest penchant for drama,
consider this weeping spruce.
A breathtaking contorted beauty.
Two tone foliage green and silver
and the cones....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mixed Greens

Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum)
Windflower (Anemone Canadensis)


Blink for a second and WHAM! 
The garden exploded over the weekend.
Everything doubled in size and juicy buds are promising 
great things to come. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Looks like a BRAIN....

 Not your usual mushroom...
Not shiitake, white button, enoki, portobello, crimini, or oyster.

An unidentified life form.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Fothergilla Mount Airy

Her perfume is reminiscent of licorice and 
 she boasts flamboyant bottlebrush blooms.
She is cherished for being low maintenance, 
possesses an upright habit and 
flourishes in sun to part shade.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Newcomer

Ozark Sundrops (oenothera macrocarpa/Missouriensis
It is a real challenge to identify 
who is what 
at this time of the year.
Long before awe-inspiring blooms 
arrive to the garden party...
gumshoe sleuthing.

To view:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Red Tulips Signal Spring

Last month, the tips of spring bulbs 
and snowdrops pushed through the frozen soil.
Today, red tulips signal Spring.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Euphorbia Martinii Ascot-A Stellar Performance

Euphorbia Martinii Ascot Rainbow

Rhododendron Fantastica

My regard and awe for this botanical specimen has doubled.
Stands up to frigid temperatures and its colour goes from 
bright to brilliant.  

This perennial first caught my attention last summer...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Botanical Fireworks!

Diane Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Diane')
Diane is causing a stir in the neighbourhood-
A winter blooming shrub.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013