Monthly Archives: July 2012

Name That Tree…PLEASE!

My daughter who lives in Alberta sent me a request for a tree to plant.  A couple of weeks ago a huge storm took down half of their backyard willow along with a clematis arbor. Her husband cautiously removed the … Continue reading

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Reflections

Reflections on this summer in the gardens. Admittedly I watered. A lot. We have a well. We have several rain barrels. We have two water outlets for hoses. We have 4 hoses which need re-configuring all the time to reach … Continue reading

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Clematis: The Little Ones

I have a row in my vegetable garden where I keep maturing clematis seedlings, clematis gifts and various small clematis that would get lost if planted in other spots around the farm. I give some away to friends, dispose of … Continue reading

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July 25, 2012: A date to remember

While weeding this morning, for the very first time I spied the DREADED red lily beetle which arrived seemingly overnight at our farm. I learned so much so quickly: that vibrant shade of red, the color of their eggs, their … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the weather…

This article is quite long, but it is really important to read it. If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about … Continue reading

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Lily Beetle Concoction

I do not (YET!) have lily beetles but have squashed many for friends with my shoes or plunked them in a bucket. UGH. A friend of mine lives next to a large lily farm and visited there recently with friends. … Continue reading

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Around the Block

Back in the old days we lived in downtown Toronto on a lot that was about 25 feet wide. We  lived in a three storey house, took public transit and rented a car when we wanted to get away from … Continue reading

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