Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Garden Update

It has been a couple of months since I put in the new front yard vegetable beds and I have begun to relax and enjoy them since the bylaw officer didn’t come back. They are coming along quite nicely and … Continue reading

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Iris from generation to generation

My grandfather, Sydney Nicholls, came to Canada from England when he was 17 and worked in the Collingwood shipyards until he could open his own florist business. He built large greenhouses behind his home on St. Marie Street and grew all manner of flowers in … Continue reading

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A Sabbatical martini

Growing up, my parents had wine with dinner most days. We always sat down together as a family, and just a glass of red or white wine seemed to make the meal a little more substantial, and a little less … Continue reading

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Montreal Botanical Gardens

Pat and I visited the Montreal Botanical Gardens last Saturday. It was a glorious day, sunny and warm. Getting there by metro was easy and all we had to do was follow the crowds–they were all going there, too! We … Continue reading

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Dinner in the dark

It is an exciting thing to be in a new city and looking for somewhere to have dinner. And what a place we found! I made a reservation at O.Noir for Friday evening at 8:30. We dressed for supper having no idea … Continue reading

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Big City, Quiet Garden

One of my sabbatical destinations was the Quiet Garden at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Montreal. Last weekend, Pat and I included that in what was a spectacular horticultural weekend. The Quiet Garden Movement began with Philip Roderick, an … Continue reading

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Forget me not

Forget-me-nots are a funny flower. Gardeners are always trying to add blue to their gardens (I am not sure why, I just know that there are a ton of magazine articles about it, and in May the entire Horticultural Society … Continue reading

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