Strawberry Hydrangea


My strawberry hydrangea is lit for only a few short moments by the setting sun. This hybrid, recently developed in France, is unusual for hydrangeas in that it likes sunny locations. I assumed it needed shade so placed it in the darkest corner of the house. It goes to show you not to follow planting instructions too closely. Plants are like us, they have personalities. You never know how they will behave.

Digging for Gold


There is nothing we prize more from our little vegetable patch than garlic. This amazing bulb contains alllicin which carries medicinal properties. It boosts the immune system, has been found to reduce the number of sick days, reduces blood pressure, lowers LDL cholesterol, it may protect against Alzheimer’s and may even improve bone heath, That’s a lot to ask for from a little handful of dirty bulbs!



One of my favourite books about life and gardening is Patrick Lane’s There is a Season. I have recommended it to several friends and they seem to be evenly divided between wide-eyed enthusiasts and those who dozed off after the first few pages. Perhaps this book only speaks to gardeners; those of us who hold a cup of morning coffee, gaze at a bouquet of blooming statice and watch all of our hopes, dreams and fears dissolve.



This ninebark bush behind my window is a beautiful lime green, but in gardens where it gets a lot of sun it turns a golden yellow. I see it often in Edmonton gardens and delight in the unexpected tones this hardy bush produces depending on light conditions. On this rainy, grey day, my ninebark adds a splash of spring to our living room

Tomato Tree


Last year, I bought some $1 tomato seedlings. They grew and grew past their tomato cage, began to droop, then crawl on the ground, and in the process produced a massive number of cherry tomatoes. We saved some seeds and planted them on the balcony. Well, they are at it again. No ripe tomatoes so far but we can sit under the shade of this tomato tree.