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Meet the Departed

It was sheer magic for me when I was home at Kilbourne Grove, even with all the weeding. I was very happy to see how much plants had grown over the summer, but there were a couple of casualties as well.

Why are they always one of a group? It just makes it so much hard to have a uniform presence, I know, don’t tell me, the magic of Mother Nature. I am sure that everyone knows I am trying to start a pleached lime walk at Kilbourne Grove. It was planted in 2009, you can read about that here. I planted the bare root dormant Tilia early that spring and one never developed its leaf buds. So in 2010 I replaced that tree, and as they came in lots of 5, added to the length of the walk. This spring, despite all leafing out and looking wonderful, when I returned in August, one had dead leaves.

 It was the smallest of them all, and had been struggling to grow. And now has failed. I am at a bit of a loss as what to do now, I can order 5 more trees from Yesterdays Garden, but only need one, and certainly can not extend it any more. I did read somewhere that professional gardeners will heel extra trees in somewhere, in case of a tree dying in an avenue. Then they have one at hand to replant. How many years could I leave extra trees in my Kitchen Garden, before they would be too large to move? Some thought is required.

And of course one of the Amelanchiers in my Allee did the exact same thing. And one of the trees that had been planted almost three years ago, not one of the newer ones. This tree will be a lot easier to add in, luckily it is on the end of the Allee.

When I was living in Toronto, we had a number of Japanese maples in pots on our terrace. It was lovely having something growing (and hiding much of the concrete) all summer, and I used to heel them into the Kitchen Garden for the winter, before dragging them out the next spring and moving them back to Toronto. When we got the news we were moving to Barbados, I had to permanently plant them into the ground at Kilbourne Grove. All came through their first winter nicely, and looked lovely when I left the end of May.

But when I returned the ‘Butterfly’ Japanese Maple was crispy as well.

And it had been so gorgeous when I left…  However all was not lost. Look down, all the way down, can you see…

Look at all those lovely new shoots,

 how pink and white and green they are, is seems I might have a ‘Butterfly’ shrub instead of a standard, and that is perfectly fine with me.


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The Year in Review 2010

What a crazy year!


One of my favourite winter shots, love the blue tones. Lots and lots of snow.


Valentines Day always makes February fly by.



Desdemona arrived to live with me!


The Deliverance house burns to the ground.


The serviceberry allee blooms for the first time after planting.


I visit dear friends in Kingston.


A mini makeover of our Toronto terrace.


Spent a lot of our holidays at the beach!


The hardy cyclamen that Barry gave me start flowering.



Halloween is always fun at our spooky house.


The mildest November that I ever remember.  What a great send off!


Christmas on the beach, what a glorious feeling.

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Serviceberrys Everywhere!

Have you ever noticed when you purchase something, all of a sudden you start seeing it everywhere? Buy a Ford Focus, and all of a sudden it seems like everyone is driving one, dye your hair red, and suddenly your sister feels the need to as well.

I planted my Serviceberry (or Amelanchier for my British friends) Allee last fall after thinking long and hard about what tree to use. 

This is what it looked like this spring,

Has someone written a book or magazine article about how great they are? Suddenly I am seeing them everywhere, and this is downtown Toronto, not a small town or out in the country.

For example:

This condo has just been built across from St. James Park at Adelaide and Jarvis. Look at what the landscaping firm has planted in the front.

Ok, one of them is not very happy, but I am sure the landscaping company is going to do something about that.

Another condo at Adelaide and Church has just installed these planters, look at the tree, recognize it.

Here is what they look like on the street.

Speaking of streets, the City of Toronto is starting to plant serviceberries on the street, great for the birds.

They are such a great all around tree all year long.

This small parkette is at Parliament and Adelaide. Look at the back row!

All these were found less than five minutes from my condo.

Have serviceberries  become trendy on the east side of downtown Toronto, or are landscapers just realizing how beautiful and hardy they are, a great tree!

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Wordless Wednesday:Do you see what I see?


Did that hesperis hide in the serviceberry, so I wouldn’t pull it out?

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Working, Working, Working,

Keep that husband working!

I tried too, lol.

Last year when I planned my serviceberry Allee, I only made beds (sorry Edith) for 25 feet. This still left 25 feet to reach my Kitchen Garden. At the time, I was thinking that I might put something different in, but after thinking about it all winter, I decided to extend the Allee to 50 feet. I am a bit worried that I am getting too “Botanic Garden” as my design teacher would say, wanting too many different designs and getting too busy. Better to make more of an impact with a bigger statement.

Looking from the Lime Walk, towards the Kitchen Garden

Look at all that space to fill!

So last weekend, we continued on with the beds. I outlined them with bricks,

 and we had a load of topsoil delivered, filled it in and covered it with mulch.

The entrance to the Allee from the Yew Garden

Can anyone tell me why they rip down the whole of the Deliverance house but leave that ugly garden shed? Annoying!

Hopefully that will keep the weeds down until I purchase the serviceberries.  Last September I got the six that are planted at a 50% off, end of season sale, so I am hoping to find the rest of them on sale this autumn. Then I can use the savings to buy more plants.

All done!

Looks inviting, doesn’t it Teza!

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