Favourite Things

June 27th, 2019 | 6 Comments »

Sometimes, pictures of pretty flowers are enough.

I took these photos in a garden in Knowlton, Quebec that I visited last week. It was a grey, rainy day but the gardens were glorious! The flowers in one garden were the stars of the day.


The many petals of this peony capture raindrops.
Raindrops on roses are nice. Raindrops on peonies are even better. I’m not sure how to rank whiskers on kittens.


Bright copper kettles are no competition for the WOW! of this poppy. Talk about gorgeous!


Orange is not the new black, it is a battle between exuberance and fragility.
The colour is exuberant and the petals are fragile. This contradiction is one reason why I love poppies.


I can’t promise that you’ll see either of these flowers if you visit Glen villa on July 20, when we open the garden to the public as a fundraiser for the Massawippi Foundation and Conservation Trust.  In fact, I can promise that you won’t, since poppies and peonies will no longer be in bloom. But I think you’ll find floral eye candy of some flavour or other.


When you were a child, did you hold a buttercup under your chin to see if you liked butter? I know I did.
When you were a child, did you hold a buttercup under your chin to see if you liked butter? I know I did.


Tickets are available through the Massawippi Foundation, at https://massawippi.org/event/open-garden-day-at-glen-villa/

I look forward to seeing you on the 20th.






Canada Geese Go Home!

June 23rd, 2019 | 15 Comments »
Canada geese are gorgeous birds to look at. But why, oh why, do I have to see them here at Glen Villa? Towards the end of May I saw two adults swimming with their little ones. How many babies were there?   [caption id="attachment_7636" align="alignleft" width="1790"] Talk about getting all your ducks in a row....or your geese in this case.[/caption]   The goslings swam in and out of sight, and each time I counted I got a different number. But I could see there were a lot of them. The next


La Seigneurie

June 16th, 2019 | 12 Comments »
In the 1600s, when Quebec was known as La Nouvelle France, land was divided into seigneuries, properties under the control of a seigneur, or lord of the manor. Fields farmed by habitants were arranged in long narrow strips fronting onto the St. Lawrence River, making it easy to transport goods by water at a time when roads were few. [caption id="attachment_7576" align="alignleft" width="500"] This drawing from Wikipedia shows the layout of a typical seigneurie. Established in 1627, the seigneurial system was officially abolished in 1854.[/caption]              



June 9th, 2019 | 11 Comments »
Last week I showed a tiny speck of white at the end of the La Grande Allée. [caption id="attachment_7539" align="alignleft" width="5184"] You can see the drone camera easily in this photo. The speck of white at the end of La Grande Allée is much harder to make out.[/caption]   In that post, I promised a closer view of that hint of white. And here it is.   [caption id="attachment_7572" align="alignleft" width="3792"] Oh, my!  Could you tell from a distance that it was a chair?[/caption]   The white crabapple trees along


Crabapples in Bloom!

June 3rd, 2019 | 19 Comments »
The crabapple allée is in full bloom and boy, is it gorgeous! The long line of trees are stunning whether you look from the side ...   straight down the middle ...   or up close.   Last week my friend Tim Doherty came over with his drone camera to give a different point of view.  He launched the camera from a flat piece of cardboard he put on the ground.     He controlled its speed and direction from his computer, [caption id="attachment_7530" align="alignleft" width="5184"] If you look closely you can