Friday, December 30, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pantone's 2017 Colour of the Year 'Greenery'

Wellness Trend 'Forest Bathing' Influenced Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year 'Greenery'
"This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature," 

Read the entire article here

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Trees have Feelings

They can feel pain, but can also have emotions, such as fear.
Trees like to stand close together and cuddle.
There is in fact friendship among trees.
Read the entire article from Treehugger

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Roses no More

These blossoms are from a mural at
San Cosme in Kensington Market - sigh...

Monday, November 14, 2016

oh dahhh-lia!

Everyone else is going to sleep 
but you are still putting on a great show!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thinking ahead...

A little bit of time planting now promises a
most splendid spring.

Delft blue hyacinths

Monday, October 17, 2016

Late Season Blooms

Happiness is...
the monkshood standing tall
after the light sprinkle yesterday.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pink Flesh

Nausea, vomiting and cramps 
are common symptoms of mushroom poisoning.
So this wild fungi remained untouched and undisturbed on the forest floor.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Queen Anne's Lace

Seeing this pretty flower (some call it a weed) 
is just another sign that 
 summer is coming to an end.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Forest Bathing in your own Backyard

"Taking in the forest atmosphere" or  "forest bathing"
refers to the process of soaking in the sights, smells and sounds of a 
natural setting for improved health.

The Washington Post

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Weary Fence


Worn down by a profusion of yellow blooms
year after year after year...

Seen in Kensington Market.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cerise Queen

A bee and butterfly magnet.
And with a name like cerise queen-
how could I resist?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LAY-mee-um gal-ee-OB-doe-lon vair-ee-eh-GAY-tum

That is the pronunciation in Latin-or you can refer to this as 
Hermann's Pride, deadnettle or yellow archangel.
Currently sitting pretty under 
the shade canopy of a  holly shrub.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Held my breath and watched.
Second year this little beauty is in the laboratory.

Cornus kousa Venus

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tender Tips

New growth, close up from my Acrocona Norway Spruce.
This character, as wide as it is tall, is totally endearing.

Monday, May 16, 2016

White Trillium

May showers?  NO-oohhhh...
SNOW and HAIL yesterday!!!

A carpet of white trilliums at magical Idlewild...
Thank you Country Mice.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Purple for Scent

Every fall, I plant spring bulbs.
And the hardest part is the waiting and waiting and waiting.
But when the hyacinths showed up to 
the garden party this week,
the fragrance alone was worth it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Above Sea Level

This little treasure surfaced during low tide 
at the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Bluffs

A beach? Secluded waterfront and naturalized areas ?
This is the Scarborough Bluffs.
Discovering a gem in the city I call home, 

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Planted these onions in my urban garden two days ago.

Grown in Beeton, Ontario originally- 
roughly 100km northwest from downtown Toronto.

I bought the 10lb bag from the neighbourhood green grocer. 
This is the start of a new experiment inspired by a 
dear friend who loves to grow food on 
her kitchen counter.