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Last year, ‘Graham Thomas’ grew 10 feet tall and dominated the June garden with its lovely golden blooms. But this past winter nearly did it in.



My ‘Graham Thomas’ rose lives–and blooms! Is this a miracle, or what?

roses in vase

My ‘Graham Thomas’ rose isn’t dead after all. Not only did it finally sprout some new branches and a few leaves, now it’s blooming. The flowers aren’t as big as last year’s, but they look like Mr. Thomas, with cupped flowers in a warm, golden hue. Continue reading

Beauty bush: My favourite shrub–this month, anyway

beauty bush featured

The amabilis in Kolkwitzia amabilis–beauty bush’s botanical name, after Richard Kolkwitz, a German botanist from the 20th century–means lovely, and that’s an apt if understated description of this old-fashioned, dependable and flower-laden shrub. Add “fragrant” to its list of attributes. … Continue reading

It’s alive! My wisteria finally leafs out–plus a weird survivor of winter

wisteria leafs out

Many plants didn’t survive the frigid southern Ontario winter this year, but patience proved that many were just shocked into submission and finally came alive. But what it this strange plant? A botanical Frankenstinian monster? Continue reading

Art in the garden: letting go at Brillig Manor

bum and gravel

I think we should let ourselves go a bit in our gardens. We’d have more fun, we might release more tensions, and we’d end up with more memorable gardens, like the one at Brillig House in Thousand Oaks, California, with is filled with whimsical art made by its owner Continue reading

Plant shopping in Merida, Mexico

wheelbarrow in Mexico

While on vacation in Yucatan, Mexico, I had a yen to visit a nursery. So one morning I took in two of them on the outskirts of Merida, and found they weren’t that much different to the nurseries I visit in Canada. Of course many plants were different, and most prices were lower, but the plants were displayed similarly–and botanical names were missing. Continue reading