Gardening

Winter in the garden is at first glance not as exciting as the other seasons. Most herbaceous perennials are all tucked-in and hibernating for the season, flamboyant annuals are but a distant memory, and even the spectacular fall leaves have been added to the compost. A winter garden doesn’t scream “look at me” like the […]

Let’s face it, winter in the garden can be a bit, well…blah. So, thank goodness for Christmas, it’s the perfect excuse to go a little crazy and “zhuzh” up your tired and now empty planters. It’s time to make a winter accent planter and all you need is a pot of soil, some evergreens, a […]

In the darkest days of winter there is nothing more wonderful than having something fresh and floral to make your cozy indoor space a bit brighter. What could be better than the promise of spring without having to wait for well… spring. I am of course talking about growing bulbs indoors, also called forcing bulbs. […]

It’s time to put the garden to bed for another season Summer is done for another year and we are well into autumn. It’s great to enjoy all things pumpkin and the glorious colour of the fall leaves but before you can say Jack Frost it will be nipping at the garden. To clean or […]

Plant now to enjoy a bountiful harvest next summer The present global pandemic cloud we are living under has, for me at least, had a few silver linings and one such is the increase in people wanting to try their hand at growing their own food. Veggie gardening has exploded and to me that is […]

Perfect Time to Plant a Tree… or Shrub  There is an old saying that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, but the second-best time to plant a tree is today. I would go one step further and say the best time to plant a tree is in the fall, and for that […]

A Chill in the Air  Now that the weather has turned, there is a chill in the air and everyone is heading indoors. Personally I am getting reacquainted with my sweaters and trying to remember to put on socks each morning. It’s official, fall is coming.  The joy of spring planting seems like such a distance memory and the idea of planting and enjoying fresh colourful […]

Worth the Wait  I read recently that patience is a dying virtue. In our modern world everything is available almost instantaneously at the push of a button, from movies to music to toilet paper delivered to your door. According to expert sources we need to incorporate ways to foster patience into our daily life, we […]

Early Fall Colour, For the Love of Red, Yellow and Orange  Colour is such a personal thing. I think of myself as a very blue/green person, but my son loves everything red and orange. The only time we can agree over colour is in the Fall. I throw out my preconceived notions of colour preference and bask in the glory of […]

The New Cozier, Healthier Normal  I have a friend, who I probably shouldn’t name, because… well, she has a new man in her life. But the good news is her husband doesn’t seem to mind. It’s my fault because I was the one who introduced her, his name is Frank and he’s a fiddle-leaf fig. […]