A Glossary of Terms

Common vs Latin botanical nomenclature Allium, Salvia, Delphinium, Baptisia and Verbascum in the “popping” seaside garden. I’ve used mostly common names for plants in the blog but practice the Latin as more of a personal memory challenge which I employ on my walks with Philip who has a mind like a steel trap and whips …

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At Last

June 23 Finally, in Port Medway… Two months later than originally planned. The flight from Toronto was a ghost flight – a pandemic plane with a handful of masked, sepulchral, passengers scattered through the rows of seats. Halifax airport, empty, half-lit…  Persicaria, cottage garden with viburnum, barberry etc and seaside garden with meadow sage, false …

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On Woodlands and Wetlands

Beach Meadows, June 8, 2020 Dear Philip, As promised, I’m sending along photos of the woodland gardens along with a gallery of the butterbur: marvel, nemesis. Once again, it is encroaching on the gardens so I guess I’ll be yanking some of that up in November. Nothing like a garden which can be at once a mindful …

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Paging Philip Slayton: The PG-13 Edition

Beach Meadows, May 30, 2020Dear Philip,Thanks for the  NY Times piece on weeds: T’is the season and I had  made a point of photographing as many as I could when I was shooting in the gardens, thinking it would be a good blog post (and an excuse for me to finally research and learn the ones …

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Weeding a garden as antidote to chaos and hard times

Beach Meadows April 23, 2020 Dear Philip, I started this blog Sunday before I heard about the  tragedy that was unfolding while I was weeding away in Port:  If I thought the idyll of a country garden was a blessed antidote to a virus, I don’t think there is  any pursuit, anywhere, at anytime that could …

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On pruning, delights and joy in troubled times

Beach Meadows, March 29, 2020 Dear Philip,Thought I’d drop you an end of March update: We live again!  No sooner had I shot off that mid-month report about the sleeping garden when lo and behold, signs of life! The daffodils were poking through the soil and then in the next few days that “Day of …

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“Spring Will Come Again”

Beach Meadows, March 18 Dear Philip,The morning sun is pouring into my room as I write to you about our gardens and maybe spring and it all belies the presiding tenor of dread and anxiety that is everywhere. Let me just start this off by saying that I hope you and Cynthia and everyone in Toronto …

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February: Feel the Foerster!

February 21, 2020, Beach Meadows Dear Philip, Just back from Port, a bitter cold day. The sun was blazing in a near cloudless, end-of-life-blue sky but to no avail: I had to blast the heat once I made it back to the car and it wasn’t until I reached Beach meadows before my finger tips stopped screaming …

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Post Dorian Windfall Report

Beach Meadows, February 13 Dear Philip,I’m sending along some photos of the woods and the clean up of all those downed trees from Hurricane Dorian. The amazing Dave and Laura and their equally wonderful Mayfair Tree Care crew did an excellent job sawing up and limbing the downed trees and took down a number of other …

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Greetings from Chilly Port Medway

Port Medway, January 23 Dear Philip, I’m glad you and Cynthia enjoyed the photos. I’ve made it over to the gardens four times since New Year’s Day and even attempted a visit on the worst snow fall (thinking, of course, of the photo opp all that soft falling snow would make) but my car couldn’t muster …

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