Riverbend setting

Hosta heaven

This is the first in a series of postings for a new blog category I’m calling Garden Nurseries Worth The Drive. Here in Southern Ontario, we’re lucky to have so many independent, creative, specialized and personal garden nurseries and–bonus–they’re often in a funky part of town or off-the-beaten track in the countryside. I’m looking forward…

Blooms in garden

Late summer’s standing ovation

Spring’s got a reputation for being the apex of a garden’s beauty. The idea is that once those darling buds have popped, it’s downhill from then on. I blame it partly on Wordsworth who wrote about stumbling upon ten thousand yellow daffodils thus sealing the fates of a generation who, as schoolchildren, were programmed to…

Lilies

The scent of a lily

Roses always get the credit for having fabulous fragrances. You can’t deny that perfumers have been laughing all the way to the bank on the popularity of their scent. Even when Coco wanted to reinvent women’s perfume, she still held on to a sumptuous rose note in Chanel No. 5. But yesterday morning, the heat…

Two types of Echinacea

Echinacea: The garden on fire

For searing colour that grows even hotter in the setting sun, you’ve gotta try Echinacea–yup, the plant that’s used for a variety of herbal remedies. It’s actually one of over 4000 herbs, used for medicinal purposes, that are grown either in the wild or cultivated in Canada. But I figure this dependable, easy-to-grow perennial earns its…

Garden tchotchkes

Money pit detours

I just got tipped off by the folks at Garden Rant that they’d been asked by Time Inc.’s Money.com for some “brutally honest” advice about where to spend big moola on your garden and when to keep your cash in your pocket. From an online collective with a website subtitled “Uprooting the gardening world” that…

Ant sculptures

Here comes summer 7 ways

The longest day of the year officially began at about ten to seven this morning. Realizing that this means tomorrow marks the inexorable decline of daylight hours into another long, slow winter, I figure celebrating heat and happiness is in order. After snooping in a lot of people’s gardens, I’m loving these  ways to get the…