Dispelling the Myth

Fall has peeked in here in southern Ontario for the moment. Hay fever is in full swing and people still think the lovely and garden worthy goldenrod is to blame. It’s no wonder, goldenrod is flamboyant with its rich golden spikes of pollen rich blooms and the first thing people see and blame for their seasonal misery. Except…goldenrod does not cause allergies. It is pollinated … Continue reading Dispelling the Myth

Small Wonders

Life finds a hold everywhere, no matter how small ūüôā A swallowtail caterpillar and a tiny bee on a dill flower ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Monarch laying eggs on milkweed ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†A hoverfly … Continue reading Small Wonders

Colour Combos

Colour preference is intensely personal for everyone. What one person loves another loathes. If you‚Äôre an artist or designer, you will be familiar with the colour wheel and the theory behind complimentary and adjacent colours and how to combine them to create pleasing patterns. In the end what really matters is that you love what you are looking at every day. In the garden, colours … Continue reading Colour Combos

End of another Season

It is a bright sunny -8deg celsius here in southwestern Ontario, or 17deg fahrenheit for you Americans enjoying your Thanksgiving today. ¬†May your day be warmer than mine! My hectic landscaping season came to an abrupt end with a snowstorm and plummeting temperatures but such are the vagaries of weather in our times of climate change. ¬†My season was success as a garden designer, head … Continue reading End of another Season

Garden of Versailles

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the palace and gardens of Versailles. ¬†The palace itself is a baroque wonder but sadly jammed with people most of the time now. ¬†The gardens are another matter, built on a grand scale by Andr√© Le Notre to showcase the Sun King’s power and ambition. ¬†Andr√©, a gardener and landscape architect was first commissioned … Continue reading Garden of Versailles