At this time of year when so many colourful, showy flowers are bursting forth, it’s easy to miss some of the beautiful but much more subtle floral displays, or simply to mistake them for leaves. Of these, maple is my favourite! Blooming, as many plants do, before the leaves bud and grow, th...
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Forsythia - let it free!
The warm spell in March brought on the forsythia early this year, and the cooler temperatures since have kept it blooming much longer than usual. The frothy yellow fronds have been brightening up so many gardens, whether it’s just a few feathery branches or a whole hedge, almost naturalized...
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A host of daffodils
Not quite Wordsworthy, and not quite the array of naturalized daffodils I remember seeing on our visit to Britain in March one year, but I am so delighted (narcissistically?) with my daffodils this year. There were a few clumps of daffodils on the property when we moved here 12 years ago, and eac...
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Another reason to garden
My dislike of high school gym has lasted a lifetime. It’s not that I don’t like to exercise, it’s just that there has to be another reason for it. And gardening is a perfect reason. My springtime resolution was to garden (and therefore exercise) more regularly. The early start t...
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May in mid-April
Still marvelling at this early spring! The forsythia is still in full bloom, the hyacinths and daffodils are amazing and the early tulips are coming on. I have so much pulmonaria popping up it’s like a weed – but blooming beautifully. All the trees are breaking bud except the butternu...
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Seeds and Cuttings garden
Finally got around to transplanting Coleus cuttings and planting seeds to grow under lights and on windowsills and decided it would be a good time to find out more about how to use Folia. I’ve always been bad at keeping track of plantings – in the past I would have written it on the c...
My fingers nearly froze hanging out the laundry this morning, but the sun is shining brightly so I’m going to venture out to do some more raking. While the weather is more seasonal than it was a few weeks ago, that warm spell left the garden weeks ahead of where it usually is. The crocuses ...
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Woke up to snow this morning. Good thing I finished my blackberry pruning yesterday. Forecast is for sun all week so I hope to get all the backyard raking done.
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