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Where do bugs go in winter?

Where do bugs go in winter?

We’ve exchanged our gardening gloves for fleece mittens and our leaf rakes for snow shovels. While we may have put away our equipment for the season, some very important garden helpers are still...

Posted in: news, Pests, Diseases & Weeds

Winter: Jobs To Do

Winter: Jobs To Do

Evaluate the placement, form and framework of evergreens, trees and shrubs, ornaments and structures. Make notes for changes and additions. Carefully tie twine to damaged or crossing tree and...

Posted in: Gardening How-Tos

Nature Mom: Connecting to Community

Nature Mom: Connecting to Community

A unique and inspiring grassroots movement called the Homegrown National Park Project has sprouted right in my neighbourhood, and hopefully, one day, it will be in your neighbourhood too. The...

Posted in: Nature Mom, news

Bulb of the Month: Summer Snowflake GRAVETYE GIANT

Bulb of the Month: Summer Snowflake GRAVETYE GIANT

If you were to cross a snowdrop with a daffodil, you'd probably come close to describing the utterly charming Fravetye Giant (Leucojum aestivum). Being in a genus of its own, Leucojum is a rather...

Posted in: Dugald's Bulb of the Month, Flower Bulbs

Nature Mom: Move over Turkey. Halloween is here!

Nature Mom: Move over Turkey. Halloween is here!

Although orange is the classic pumpkin, they come in all shapes and colours now. Aside from the year long, never-ending conversation about their birthdays, my kids’ second...

Posted in: Nature Mom, news

Nature Mom: Harvest Time

Nature Mom: Harvest Time

Worth the Wait I always said I would never plant vegetables in my front garden. Vegetables didn’t have enough esthetic appeal for my sensibility. That was before we moved into a house with a...

Posted in: Nature Mom, news

Top trees and shrubs for winter

Top trees and shrubs for winter

Paul Zammit has chosen these trees and shrubs for their attractive appearance in the winter landscape. Betula nigra (River birch) Cotoneaster horizontalis var. perpusillus(Prostrate rock...

Posted in: Shrubs, Trees & Vines

Nature Mom: Camping Cure-all

Nature Mom: Camping Cure-all

Marley and Indie go for a paddle A neighbour who has little kids told me about their family vacation to a cabin in the country. She was shocked when her hardy, active kids complained and...

Posted in: Nature Mom, news

How can you tell a monarch from a viceroy butterfly?

How can you tell a monarch from a viceroy butterfly?

Viceroy butterflies, which are not poisonous, copy the monarch’s colouring to protect themselves from predators. While a bird may not notice the difference, we can easily tell a viceroy from a...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Beautiful Edibles

Paul’s Plant Picks: Beautiful Edibles

I have always been drawn to the simple beauty of eggplants from the nodding flower buds that appear at the base of the leaves to the star-shaped papery blossoms eventually followed by a peculiar...

Posted in: Edibles, Paul's Plant Picks

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