Spring Tulips 2016

The Tulips are putting on a good show this year, and all came up despite the on-again, off-again winter

Best Toronto Gardening Blogs

For Zone 5 gardening, here are the blogs that I read to get tips and ideas: Toronto Gardens – an excellent blog by Toronto sisters Helen and Sarah Battersby Empress of Dirt – this excellent site is full of creative gardening ideas You Grow Girl – a great site with good and useful gardening tips Mark Cullen’s Blog –…

Early Spring Pussy Willow Pollinators

Spring this year has been odd and sudden. Pollinators are awake and looking for a meal but very little is flowering for them. So this year my Pussy Willow is just buzzing.

Growing Organic Corn

My daughter, who’s 6, decided that we had to grow corn this year.  She’s responsible for quite a few things growing in the garden! It’s doing pretty well so far, and the cobs are growing nicely. I think it’s hilarious to have this small stand of organic corn in the raised bed in our suburban back…

Daylily in the Front Garden

Snapped this daylily in the front garden this afternoon. So gorgeous! I heard somewhere that daylilies are edible.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but I can’t imagine eating anything so pretty. I planted this last year and it came up well again this year. Definitely a hardy perennial – it dealt with salt from…

Discovery! Tulips are Super Hardy

So last year I dug up the garden and tossed a bunch of tulip bulbs into the garbage. Except I didn’t have a garbage at the time, so I dropped them into a handy pot, put it in the garage and then forgot to actually throw it out.

Deep Snow this Winter

One nice thing about it snowing a lot is that the snow keeps the plants safe over winter. When there’s no snow, the plants freeze more, which causes more damage. Snow actually works like mulch to keep plants roots warm. The backyard looks so tranquil


This guy was creepy – I wasn’t quite sure what to do with him – that is one enormous spider.

Front Garden 2012

Here’s how the front garden looks in Aug 2012. Remember how it looked when we just planted it?

The Amur Maple Tree

Our landscape consultant suggested that we get a maple tree called an Amur Maple to shade the back patio. Its also called a Flame Maple because it turns bright red in the fall. They get around 20 feet tall, then stop growing. So I saw one at the nursery for $20 and I thought that was…

The Front Garden – Learning

So when we first moved in 2010, there was no front garden. There were a few weeds and some snapdragons in the corner, but nothing else. I dug out a small garden in the corner and a few inches around the walkway the first fall and my DH & I put some tulip bulbs in. We…

The Raspberry Bush

This was the first fruit plant we put in. They’re supposed to be a bit invasive, but hey, that just means it has a higher chance of surviving, right? Here’s how we got it from the nursery in April, 2012. Look close, it’s the 2 little leafless sticks in the middle there.

The Blank Slate

It seems fitting that the first post on the blog should be a pic of the blank slate we started with. Here is a pic of the backyard when we bought our house. Part of the reason we bought the house is because of the nice big backyard. Plenty of space here to learn how…