500 Days of Women | Day II | Beth Chatto

"A garden is not like a picture hanging on the wall; it is never static and it will constantly evolve and change over time."Beth Chatto Beth Chatto OBE was a plantswoman, garden designer and author of ten gardening books. She had a long career which included operating a plant nursery and winning medals at the …

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Millarville, My Once and Future Refuge

Me in 1970 with my faithful companion Prince, one of Lorna's Norwegian Elkhounds In my earliest years, there was an abundance of motherly love. Burdened with lifelong health issues, my mother’s sister Lorna was unable to have children. This cruel circumstance and her close relationship with my mother lead to her being actively involved in …

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Our Back Garden: What Should We Do?

A little change of pace today. I've been blogging on some pretty intense topics, so today I've got something light-hearted and, I hope, fun. Sit back, have some tea, and snoop around my back garden. First of all, meet Willow, who shades almost half the yard. I shot a quick video standing underneath Willow today: …

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Playing in the Dirt and Eating It?

As summer winds down quickly here in Alberta, there are a number of garden tasks demanding my attention. There are perennials to divide, root vegetables to harvest and plants to relocate. These are all messy jobs that involve getting my hands dirty. I used to be quite a germaphobe: antibacterial soap, alcohol hand sanitizer, and bleach …

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The Case for DIY Baskets and Pots

I love filling the garden with colour but I have some very mixed feelings about how pretentious gardening is becoming. I love the beautiful, professionally designed flower baskets and pots. The convenience and exotic varieties are appealing, but the price is usually ridiculous. People can now order custom designed hanging baskets which seem to start …

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