Monthly Archives: June 2011

Epic battle: the vine vs. the lilac

For several years I tried to kill the huge green vine at the side of the house. I hacked at it every spring as it sprang to life with its long, green tentacles, cutting branch after branch with an enthusiasm usually reserved for quackgrass in the vegetable … Continue reading

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Time to stop and eat the flowers

Eating food fresh from the garden is a wonderful treat. It’s not just that the food tastes better when you grow it yourself–although it’s true–it’s the fact that the food is fresher than anything you will ever find in a … Continue reading

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Everyone needs a watering can

Last week, the gardens got very dry. It seems to be the one down side to my raised beds out front: they drain very quickly. Since I now have three rain barrels, however, I managed to water them every few days by … Continue reading

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Meeting celebrities

At Canada Blooms, I was delighted to meet Alexander Reford of Reford Gardens in Quebec. I couldn’t believe my luck, not only getting to say hello but having a few moments of his time to hear about what he does and … Continue reading

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I have a new clothesline. Yippee!

Project Laundry List, an organization “that leads the air drying and cold water washing revolution”, says that there are a huge number of reasons to put up a clothes line. Among them: It saves money. Clothes last longer (Where do you … Continue reading

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Are professionally designed gardens better?

Last Saturday a friend and I went on the Toronto Botanical Garden’s fundraising garden tour, “Through the Garden Gate” in Swansea. The weather was perfect, the company engaging and the gardens absolutely stunning. I was quite taken aback, however, by how … Continue reading

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I found a good reason to cut my peony blooms

The congregation where I serve is a happy place. It is casual and very down to earth, full of people who are genuine and joyful. Monica was one of those people. Helping and giving were Monica’s favourite things to do. She … Continue reading

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