Category Archives: Gardening

Witch Hazel

At a time when none of autumn’s brightness remains, I’m loving our witch hazel. Although it’s only a common hamamelis virgininiana, this five foot shrub has history for me. The haunting, pure fragrance, unlike any other, has meant late autumn … Continue reading

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No Snowdrops

I’m disappointed to say that  this year I’ve left planting snowdrops too late. It’s not that there aren’t snowdrops tucked into the sheltered garden under our bedroom window, where I can see them specially early. Every year I’ve planted a … Continue reading

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A Celebration of Simple Living, Nature, Gardening, Making by Hand and Reading

The country life I lead is rare, endangered, precious, worth appreciating. I am profoundly and constantly aware that the earth, our matrix, is damaged, apparently fatally.  For many, likely for most, the natural world is undeniably remote. And yet, my … Continue reading

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The Bench

Years ago former nursery owner, Doug Green, hosted a glorious annual “prelude to spring” day-long garden seminar in Oakleaf, Ontario. After a long Canadian winter, he and his outstanding guest speakers whipped the packed auditorium into a fever of anticipation, … Continue reading

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Peonies

It was June. I was sixteen, and I was miserable. From my avid reading, not to mention  glimpses of the lives of friends, I was only too aware that this was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. … Continue reading

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