Video still of Tertill, a robotic weeder.

Do we need robot weeders?

Massachusetts-based Franklin Robotics, developers of the infamous Roomba Robot Vacuum [Editor’s note: In case you don’t know what a Roomba looks like, check out this video: Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba] is seeking financial aid on Kickstarter for their latest invention–a solar-powered weeding robot dubbed Tertill. The small,…

A daffodil is lit up by a sunbeam.

Plants Of The Year and then some

In the calm of late winter, just before interest in seed-buying and plant-planning gets truly serious, gardening aficianados and various plant brands herald their choices for Plants Of The Year. Sure, we know that these accolades almost always coincide with various public relations and marketing campaigns but what’s the harm? If the Vancouver Courier can…

An illustration depicting symbolism associated with the Highway of Heroes.

Native trees living tribute along Highway of Heroes

Imagine driving along the Highway of Heroes (a portion of southwestern Ontario’s Hwy. 401) knowing that the trees lining this multi-lane corridor were planted in tribute to every fallen Canadian soldier since Confederation. Thousands of trees for thousands of soldiers. In fact, one hundred and seventeen thousand of them. The Highway of Heroes Tribute project…

Stainless steel garden sculpture

Gardening forecast: Hello, tech-nature!

As trend predicting goes, you’d think proclamations about gardeners and gardening would be a snooze fest. I mean, what’s there to say? Pink roses are in, yellow daffs are out? Now’s the time to rock that shorter handled spade you’ve had your eye on? Surprisingly, the Garden Media Group‘s annual trends report has consistently dished up…

Red roses

The beauty in, of and from plants

Yesterday, I partially devoured the latest issue of Allure, a glossy magazine devoted to glorious exposés of all things glamorous and how to achieve an approximation of such. I had only thumbed through a couple of pages when I came across an ad for getting “ridiculously glowy skin”. It seems that the miraculous benefits of…

Colourful twigs

New year, new name, new look

This is the last posting for RhymesWithLinnaeus.com. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to give this blog a makeover, starting with a new name: The Ministry Of The Fence. When you see this name pop up in your media feeds, I hope you take a second to check it out. I’ll still be covering…

Clematis arch

‘Tis the season to snoop

I love crashing strangers’ backyards and having a good, long snoop around. There’s so much to see and, when you’re with a like-minded chum, so much fun to be had pointing out what strikes your eye and sharing your opinion. Lots of opinions. Ah, yes. It’s garden tour time. Garden tours are like all-you-can-eat buffets…

Tree in spring

Have you hugged your tree today?

The Bruce Peninsula in Southern Ontario, surrounded by Lake Huron, is home to the world renowned Bruce Trail, two national parks (one is underwater), and the unique Oliphant fen. It’s been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and happens to be a very favourite place of mine. [Full disclosure: this is where my guy has a cottage…

Blue Butterfly

Spring’s on the wing

This Sunday, we jump ahead by an hour (except in parts of Saskatchewan), collectively acknowledging that Spring isn’t coming quickly enough. Funny how we can take matters into our own hands and get more daylight in our days–or at least the perception of it. To mark the occasion, I thought it would be fun to…

Demeter fragrances

Making scents of winter

I just sprayed eau de Dirt on my wrist and got a lovely memory rush of digging in my garden. Such is my longing for spring on this cold and grey winter’s day. I’ll admit that I’m also hooked on Demeter Fragrance Library scents, as much for their uncanny encapsulations of time travel as for the…