Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Are you a Galanthophile?

A galanthophile is an enthusiastic collector and identifier of snowdrop (Galanthus) species and cultivars.

"The Galanthus, or Snowdrop, is one of our chastest and most beautiful flowers, and its pure blossoms are universally appreciated. It is more varied in character and in its time of blooming than many are aware of." Samuel Arnott in The Book of Bulbs

In Europe Snowdrop-mania has escalated over the years into an almost frenzied obsession with rare and unusual cultivars. Snowdrop bulbs can easily sell for over a $100,000. Is it becoming a version of 17th- century Holland's tulipmania?

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

More Shakespeare

If you were at our meeting last week you would have been entertained by our President reading from Shakespeare. Interestingly it was written when Europe was in a period of time known as the Little Ice Age. I wrote to Lesley saying how much I had enjoyed the reading and she came back with this gem.

Is This a Danged Weed Which I See Before Me:

A Parody of the Dagger Soliloquy from Macbeth

written by Lesley Moseley

(with apologies to William Shakespeare)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Winter Reading

 "What a pleasure it is to read books without the weeds calling, to bake cakes and slow cook stews, to daydream about flowers. I have time to scheme about gardens, to change my mind multiple times on how to improve their design, to plot what plants to add next spring, what seeds to order." Page Dickey

Here are some reading recommendations from some of our club members. Add your own favourites in the comments.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

'Tis the Season

We may be apart but we are all in this together. I hope you enjoy these little gifts.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Shooting Star Hydrangea

Did anyone see the Geminid meteor shower this past weekend? If the cloudy weather got in the way, may I present you with an alternative. 

Thursday, October 29, 2020


 I'm fascinated by the history and variety of squash. I hope you enjoy my selection.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Mason Bee Hotels

Our first official meeting via Zoom was held last Tuesday. Thanks to skilled technical management a social time was accomplished after the presentation. Just like in real life some good topics came up, one of which was mason bee hotels. A number of people wanted to know more.  Margy offered to share the story of building her bee hotel. You will find this, and some of my experiences in housing our little friends, in today's post. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

We're Back! To Garden Visits.

Following is a tour of Gwen's garden. I was very impressed with the planning which went in to managing the event. Many thanks to all involved for achieving a return to one of our most treasured activities.