Category Archive for: ‘Gardening’

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Autumn at the ByWard Market

Woolly mittens, potted mums and pumpkins have a way of making you feel ready for autumn.  Forget the stunning foliage turning fiery colours, the ByWard Market in Ottawa was alight with signs of cooler days.  A few things caught my eye in our nation’s capital that day: The beauty of such a distinct season is not lost on this Vancouverite …

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Stunning Sunflowers

These sunflowers blew down from the wind last night so I put them in a vase in front of a royal blue painting. The combination turned out stunning.

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Topsy Turvy Update: Still Ugly, but the Tomatoes are Yummy

At the end of June I posted a summary of my 2008 Topsy Turvy failure and my 2009 outline for success in Topsy Turvy: Ugly as Stink But Good Tomatoes. And a sucess it was!  In August and September, I have had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with.  It’s mid- September, and they are still going strong.  I …

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Sweet Fennel – the second showing

Back in the spring I planted sweet fennel.  I got about 8 bulbs in by half wine barrel planter.  In a short time, the bulbs grew to 2.5” as shown here.  I could eat them…but I waited longer, they got bigger and sweeter.  I cut them back for a few dinners here and there, careful to leave the roots in tack, just …

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Adopted White Hydrangea

Last year someone ripped this pretty little Hydrangea out of their garden and threw it into the sidewalk.  I saw the sad little guy and planted him on the city property in front of my house.  He survived a tough cold winter and a summer of heat and humidity before he gave me one pretty flower ball to say, “thanks for adopting …

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East Vancouver Garden Tour

Back in June I went on the East Vancouver Garden Tour and saw 12 private gardens and a few others as I passed by on the walking tour.  This beautiful front yard garden is almost completely covered by a magnificent old Japanese Maple.  From the street you can see only the large mass of leaves but if you follow a …

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