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What, me worry?

As we prepare to move out of our old house, we are faced with the huge task of removing the front yard vegetable beds. There are nine wooden boxes, each 4 X 8 feet, filled with nine yards (or more!) of rich … 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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Strange seasons

So far, this winter has been a dud. I pity the kids who got skiis and toboggans for Christmas. With no snow here, there is a definite lack of fun in our neighbourhood. Gardens, lawns and parking lots everywhere are bare. There … Continue reading

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Our backyard caterpillar

The kids came rushing into the kitchen one day this summer saying, “Mom, you have to come and see the caterpiller!” This is not music to a gardener’s ears. Caterpillars are known to chew through leaves and can even demolish … 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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Catnip memories and slow-cooked stevia

When my husband and I were first married, he was working at the family pet store. Along with many other pet products (they didn’t sell actual pets) they sold dried catnip that they prepared and packaged themselves. I remember going out … 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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