Saturday, 8 July 2017
Saturday, 1 July 2017
The problem with urban gardening isn't that it's in a city. No, it's the high density of critters who like the garbage that's left out, but really prefer to eat what you try to grow.
Some years ago I gave up on tomatoes, and now only have flowering annuals, and the fruiting plants that I put in before the decision. But this looks like a year when perhaps there will be even more than the beasts can eat, perhaps because of the rainy spring. The cherry tree across the lane is loaded with fruit, while in our yard I've rarely seen such promise.
Now if it would only be sunny for a while to let everything ripen...
Friday, 23 June 2017
Tomorrow is Quebec's Fête nationale, formerly known as St-Jean Baptiste Day. When I finish posting this, I'm going to put up our Quebec flag, which, of course, featured the fleur de lys, the blue iris. I do this not because I'm a Quebec nationalist, but because this is where we have chosen to live, and I want to signal that we (and other immigrants) should be included in all fête nationale celebrations.
Saturday, 17 June 2017
But not everybody does. Russian olives were introduced as wind break plantings early in the 20th century, and found conditions right to spread widely. British Columbia is only one jurisdiction that considers it an invasive nuisance. But around here, it's reached the limit of its natural comfort zone, and so grows in a well-behaved manner.
The Japanese maple, which is also beautiful right now, is much harder to grow. I've tried, and in the end decided that I'd thrown away the $75 or so I spent on the small tree, because it simply did not appear when the snow melted the next winter.
But this gardener on The Plateau has succeeded in putting the two trees together wonderfully.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
I've done a little selective transplanting, but never onto to neighbor's property, so it would appear that at the force that through the green fuse drives the flower (to quote Dylan Thomas) has spread these lovely, complicated flowers.
Does this make them "invasive?" Perhaps. If so, what a lovely kind of invasive plant.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
So here are two photos from the trip. One is of L'anse au griffon, and the other of the weirdly amazing concrete figures that Marcel Gagnon has created, coming out of the St. Lawrence at Ste-Flavie.
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Never forget how lovely they are...