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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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‘Tis a gift to be simple

I have visited all kinds of gardens during my sabbatical. I have noticed gardens everywhere I’ve been, too–resaurants, people’s homes, rest stops, public parks. Some of them have been extraordinarily complex, offering a riot of colour or acres of blooms. … Continue reading

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A tragedy of zucchini proportions

Yes, disaster has come to my garden. And it is not pretty. Our family has been away for ten days, and we are indebted to G. who came every single day to water the garden. Having come through a hot, … Continue reading

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The sweetest smelling farm you’ll ever visit

When my husband and I were in the Niagara region in June, we stopped by a lavender farm. I like lavender alot, and thought that given its peaceful and relaxing aroma, it would be the perfect place to visit on my sabbatical. The web site made it … 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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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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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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