An early winter’s day Continue reading Winter
Every Christmas season, people worry about poisonous plants, pets and toddlers and rightly so. A popular myth is that poinsettias are poisonous, probably due to their bright red colour. In reality, they are not really toxic; the milky sap in the leaves can cause skin irritation, drooling and sometimes vomiting if your babies decide to chew on them, but rarely anything more serious. A gorgeous … Continue reading Are Poinsettias Poisonous?
I walked out into my garden today and discovered my witchhazel in full bloom! Hamamelis virginiana or the common witchhazel is a lovely North American native shrub hardy to zone 3. Yellow fragrant flowers appear in the fall, often as late as December as mine has done happily. Normally the flowers are obscured by the yellow fall leaves but most of them have fallen off … Continue reading Surprise Christmas Blooms
As I have seen cars with Christmas trees lashed to their roof around town, take a moment to watch this short video: why you should water your live Christmas tree You don’t want your holidays ending in ashes. It only takes about 30 seconds!! Continue reading Christmas tree inferno
Look, I have a cat in my cupboard. What she seeks in there I know not. I peer in and she stares back, Eyes glint copper and emerald. The soft thud of wooden doors Tells me she crept into the Dark recesses of her secret lair. Oft she slips out again silently, But on occasion- The shrill clatter and clang of steel pots Startle me … Continue reading Cat in my cupboard