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I ran across a video about regrowing various vegetables and decided to give it a try. It didn’t seem possible but this celery is growing fast and starting to sprout small roots. I will replant it in the garden and see what happens. These small moments of gardening delight never fade, no matter how complicated the world beyond the garden fence becomes.


Recycled and Reborn


Due to our family needing to social distance even more than most I am avoiding in-store shopping altogether and subscribed to the Organic Box. It arrives weekly with some great local produce. This spinach arrived with its roots in tact – it may have been grown hydroponically. Instead of tossing them out, I put them in a bowl of water until the frost receded and planted them today. Let’s hope they survive the frosty night!

New Start


Edmontonians have never longed for spring as much as this year, and it has been long coming. We still have a few feet of snow in the shady part of the garden, but the wait is over. Spring is here and the nasturtium plants I seeded indoors are now happily soaking in the light. It’s still below 0 at night but they are doing just fine. In the midst of global turmoil these little plants seem almost angelic, like winged messengers of good cheer.

The Focal Point

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Between my daughter’s move to Calgary and community projects there has been no time for the garden. Weeds are thriving, and looking throughly happy, but me not so much. I can’t walk home without thinking that the neighbours are upset as my house is lowering property prices in the neighbourhood. Thank goodness for this strawberry hydrangea. It creates such a startling focal point that it’s hard to look at anything else.

Happy Ligularia


Ligularias are bog plants. Since Alberta has extensive badlands, even an occasional native cactus can be found outside of the city, ¬†it’s not the best place for these water loving plants. Poor things have been struggling for years. This summer they are finally having the time of their lives. They grew taller than me and spread through the garden taking over other plants. I can feel their joy.

A New Life


One of these lilies was growing in the back of the garden. It never bloomed and looked remarkably ugly. ¬†Taking my cue from the story of the ugly duckling, I gave it a second chance in a more sunny spot. It not only bloomed profusely, but also multiplied. Now it’s growing all over my garden. In fact, I am looking for someone who can give the baby lilies a new home. Any takers?



The back of the garden is largely neglected so I let a bunch of unusual looking weeds grow among bushes. These bellflowers were among them. This is the first year in the past seven years that they bloomed so gloriously. It’s almost Biblical. Perhaps there is a message in their resilience.