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Explosive eggs: why my Easter bombed

On my Easter weekend, I created homemade bombs. Yes, right there in my kitchen, with some ingredients I had on hand, I concocted small packets meant to be thrown at a target. Upon impact, they will explode, sending their contents far and wide. … Continue reading

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Parents, let my shrubs give you some child-rearing advice

The recent warm spell has coaxed local forsythia bushes into blooming, even though it is only March. I have always loved their bright, cheery arrival while the grass is still brown and the weather is still cool, especially when there are nearby … Continue reading

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A plant with guts

Coming home from church last week my daughter said, “Mom, do you know those purple flowers outside the window in your office? They’re blooming!”  I thought that it was a sign of mild weather. The large carpet of vinca minor (also called periwinkle or … Continue reading

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On being married to a funeral director

There are some things about being married to a funeral director that are not so fun. Like when they go to school to learn their trade, for instance. I spent two years listening to my husband say, “You won’t believe it. … Continue reading

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When I am old…

I have always been bothered by purple asters. Every year about this time they come into bloom with their fine mauve petals and tiny yellow centres. I see them everywhere growing on roadsides, in ditches and along the wooded trails by … Continue reading

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The Pimm’s Cup

The first time I had a Pimm’s was with my husband’s high school teacher, Mr. B. We had stopped by for a visit on the way to Nova Scotia one year and sat out on his back deck overlooking the … Continue reading

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The sunny side of the street

The sunflowers in the backyard are blooming! They are such happy flowers, with their round faces that almost seem to smile. And I am so amazed that I actually managed to grow them. Sunflowers are easy to grow, of course. They … Continue reading

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Gorgeous blue poppies

The Reford Gardens in Quebec are famous for the blue Himalayan poppy which has grown there since the early 1900’s. This summer I saw it for myself as I wandered through the Blue Poppy Glade. Although the plant itself is rather insipid, … Continue reading

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The tale of two pots

This year in Ontario is hot and dry. In between feeding the kids cold watermelon and closing the blinds to keep out the sun, I spend a great deal of time filling and carrying both of my watering cans. I go from the rain … Continue reading

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What’s the buzz?

Pollinators are important in any garden, but they are essential in a vegetable garden. Squash blooms, for instance, stay open for only one day. If no pollinators happen by on that particular day, that potential fruit is lost. Over the long … Continue reading

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