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Top 11 of ’11

In case you were curious, I certainly was. These were the 11 posts written in 2011, that had the most page views. I was surprised that so many of them have to do with Barbados, not quite sure why I was surprised, I guess because I feel like my blog is about my garden, although now it feels more like about my life. And my life is now in Barbados, it least for the next two years. And I only like to write about personal things, not take a picture from the internet, and write a brief paragraph about it like some bloggers do. My blog has become a journal, a snapshot of what is happening in my life at this time, and that certainly includes Barbados.

1.  The Magnificent Seven

I was surprised this one was the number one post of 2011. I wrote 2 posts on my trip to Trinidad, but the post about the seven amazing houses was the most popular. It was certainly one of the most interesting things for me, I am sure you all know I love old houses, look at Kilbourne Grove.

2. Gardening in a Cold Climate

My visit to the amazing garden of Brian Bixley was sparked by reading a review of his book by Kathy Purdy on her website. Luckily I was in Canada for his first open garden of the year (you all know I love bulbs), and took a million photographs. Kathy was kind enough to post a link from her blog to mine, and she became my second largest referral site in 2011. Thanks Kathy.

3. Pride of Barbados

After gardening (and floral design) for soooo many years, it is disconcerting to live in a country where I only recognize 10% of the vegetation. It is fascinating for me (and I hope you) to discover new plants.

4. Gotta Have It: Bougainvillea

I have long loved bougs, and was super excited to find them in full flower when we moved here last December. The flowering seemed to go on and on and on. Luckily, I was given one for our terrace here, and have found it a super easy plant to grow, just wish they were hardy in Canada.

5. It’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to


What I left behind!


This post was a bit of a moan for me, sorry about that. At the time I was feeling a bit unhappy, leaving my friends, family, job, home and garden, to live in Barbados. When we moved to London, I was beyond excited, but that was LONDON, I could work, travel to Europe, and I am a bit of a city girl at heart. However, after spending most of the spring and fall in Canada, when I wanted to be there, and spending the winter in Barbados (who wouldn’t), I have adjusted.

6. St. Nicholas Abbey

Back to point number one, I love old houses. And Barbados has 2 of the 3 Jacobean houses in the Western hemisphere. St. Nicholas Abbey was sooo gorgeous.

7. Drax Hall

Funny that the second Jacobean house in Barbados was the next most popular post. This one is not open to the public, so we were only able to see the grounds.

8. Ah, Life!

For some reason, some of you wanted to know a little bit more about me, so I gave you a lot more, more than you asked for, sorry about that, I do like to ramble. Here is the story of my thoughts about moving to Barbados.

9. Pots, Pots, Pots!

Frank Kershaw was my garden design teacher at George Brown College and he opened his garden to the public. There was so much to see, I had to break it down into a couple of posts, but his pots were the most popular.

10. Porters Great House

Barbados has its own National Trust, and during the ‘season’ a number of homes opened to raise money for it. This was the only home I visited in 2011, but hope to visit more this year. I was surprised more people did not read Part 2, where I talk about the garden, that is where my true love lies.

11. I’m going home

Not sure why this one was so popular, unless you were happy to see me head back to my ‘forever’ home.  I certainly was.

There you have it, my most popular posts in 2011, what will 2012 hold…

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The Potting Shed

I want this potting shed.  I have worked in 5  flower shops and/or garden centres and have never seen anything so well organized.  You feel like you could stand in one spot and just move a hand to get anything that you might need.

This “potting shed”, really a corner of her garage, belongs to Lois of No Rhyme, No Reason Garden.

She saves everything, part of a farm mentality, (this is why it took so long to move my dad) because you never know when you are going to need it.

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Notice all the gardening gloves, neatly stacked up where you want them  and the cell packs on the shelf, in the top left corner.

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Wow, my pots are thrown on the garage floor, maybe I should tidy them up, and sort for size, now that the season is almost over.  Do you see the sap bucket she has hanging on the shelf. Perfect for stakes.

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The potting bench, have to have one of these.  Do you notice in the corner, the rack she has with all her plant tags neatly organized.

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Another view, sorry I love this shot.

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Sorry, it is a bit dark  Her potting soil goes in this bin, then she can just wheel it to where ever she needs it.  Need a bit of water in first?  Just add it in the large and waterproof bin, and then it is easy to stir  (no mess going all over the kitchen floor, not that I do that, no way). And she has a view of the driveway, so she can see if someone arrives, and can open the door for ventilation and easy access.

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Another shot of the wheelbarrow collection, just what every gardener wants. My wheelbarrow always seems to be full of something when I need it. Or you are ripping out turf and want to shake the topsoil into one, while you pile the sod into the other to be wheeled away.  Then your dear husband need not stand there and watch you work (his favourite hobby)!

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