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I am confused

Do I look confused? I am. Help straighten me out! Last week I included a survey in my blog post. Many of you responded. But even more of you did not. Will you take a few minutes now to respond? I’d really appreciate it. Your input will help me make the blog better! And that,…

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My favourite plant: Jeffersonia diphylla

Gardeners in temperate climes may wonder why I love Jeffersonia diphylla. For them it grows easily, spreads nicely and offers a touch of light in a shaded border. A nice plant, but nothing special. Jeffersonia doesn’t grow easily for me. I have to coddle it, and it is one of the few plants at Glen…

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The Joy of Weeding

We all know that weeding is a chore, right? We also know that a weed for one person is a flower for someone else. Or, as often expressed, it’s any plant growing where it isn’t wanted.   Some people don’t like ajuga in the lawn. I do. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it better, describing a…

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The Aqueduct: Success at last?

Last week I was in Quebec City for the annual symposium of the Garden Writers’ Association. I met many interesting people from across North America (and one or two from England and elsewhere) and saw some private gardens that had much to offer. I visited some public gardens, some I hadn’t seen for years, and…

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Living with the Land

I like the idea of living with the land. Or rather, with the wildlife on it. Last week’s post about defeating the deer made me think about how many animals I live with at Glen Villa, either occasionally or on a regular basis. I’m happy to share real estate with the ducks who nest annually at the…

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