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May 25

Spring sale set for Saturday May 31

My annual spring sale is set for Saturday May 31 at 1186 Flos Road 10 East and I’m quite pleased with some of the plants I have on offer. It will run from 9am to 5 pm.
People often ask for a native ground cover and this year I have a nice Foamflower with a pale leaf that's very pleasing in dry shade conditions. I also have the Wild Strawberry – if you’re in a sandy situation and need something that will spread under your pine trees, this is the one. And Wild Ginger, for a more moist shade – a patch will spread slowly, with beautiful light-capturing leaves
Nothing is more wonderful than the ferns at this time of year, their delicate spirals unfurling into fronds of soft green. I have Ostrich Fern (stately) and Sensitive Fern (sculptural).Read more
May 17

Spring colours - a passing parade

It’s been a grey couple of days leading into the long weekend, enlivened by extremely colourful birds.
The Goldfinches, of course, bright little yellow lanterns in the rain. A pack of Baltimore Orioles, attracted by some cut oranges, their colour eclipsing that of the fruit. A House Finch, richly red. And a pair of male Indigo Buntings in deep blue, shimmering, absolutely shimmering in the setting sun that decided to brighten up the end of the day.
I want to know where my hummingbirds are. Read more
Apr 16

Spring sparrows, spring peregrines, spring bears

There were much better pickings elsewhere in the thawing garden, so many of my avian familiars had disappeared. But yesterday the landscape turned white again, the snow was blustering and they were back in force – aided and abetted by newly arrived, extremely boisterous American Tree Sparrows in greater numbers than I have seen here before.

Juncos, Goldfinches and Chickadees mingled with the newcomers – which included female Brownheaded Cowbirds. The latter huddled together on the feeder ledges, looking miserable and ignoring the advances of the males that have been here for a week.

Across the county, people took note of a feeding frenzy outside their windows. Some logged on to the Simcoe Nature Board to report Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finches, Cardinals, Evening Grosbeaks, and many more.Read more