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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 …

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straight down the middle …

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or up close.

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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.


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He controlled its speed and direction from his computer,

If you look closely you can see the allée on the computer screen.
If you look closely you can see the allée on the computer screen.

sending it up for a sideways view of the long line of white.

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Centred on the allée, he began to send it up.


He sent it higher….




and higher….



and higher.




Up in the air he made it twist and spin, shooting video that I’ll post another time. He sent it off to the side to show the pink crabapples that mark each end of the allée …




then along to the end near the road.

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Looking back, the camera spotted something white at the end of the line of trees.

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But before we could get a closer look, Tim brought the drone down for a landing.


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What is that bit of white at the end? For a closer look, tune in next week. Or better still, come and visit the garden on July 20 when we open to the public as a fundraiser for the Massawippi Foundation and Conservation Trust.

You can buy your ticket for a morning or afternoon visit by clicking here.

I hope to see you on then.

Plus ça change…

April 9th, 2019 | 11 Comments »
This winter feels interminable. Surely in earlier years daffodils have been blooming by now, snowdrops long gone. Well, no. It's true that in some years snowdrops have appeared by this date.   [caption id="attachment_7384" align="aligncenter" width="1353"] These snowdrops were shivering in the cold on April 1, 2016.[/caption]   Crocus have bloomed.   [caption id="attachment_7387" align="aligncenter" width="3648"] These crocus were lighting up the hillside on April 4, 2010.[/caption]   Pulmonaria have added their touch of colour.   [caption id="attachment_7394" align="aligncenter" width="2384"] This pulmonaria or lungwort was blooming on April 4, 2010.[/caption]


This is spring?

March 25th, 2019 | 11 Comments »
According to the official calendar, spring arrived four days ago. Yet two days ago we received the largest dump of snow we've had all year -- 40 centimeters, or almost 16 inches. A late winter snowstorm is not unusual in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, where my garden Glen Villa is located. Snow tires are required in Quebec during winter; this year they could be removed legally after March 15. Pity anyone who did that -- the big dump came a full week later. Driving during the storm was perilous, even for a population that


Crabapples in Bloom!

June 4th, 2018 | 20 Comments »
In just over a year, the Crabapple Allée, aka the Avenue, has gone from dream to dirt, to bloom and gone. We started with this, a dull bare field.   [caption id="attachment_6400" align="aligncenter" width="4272"] I took this photo on April 24, 2017, when I became serious about planting a long allée of trees,. The walk through the trees is part of a larger project I'm still working on.[/caption]   Four months later, The Avenue was beginning to take shape.   [caption id="attachment_6399" align="aligncenter" width="5184"] August 8, 2017[/caption]   By mid-November, the


As the Garden Turns

April 22nd, 2018 | 12 Comments »
Does your garden turn its face to the world or does it veil it off?  The difference says a lot, about you and the style of your garden -- and about the spirit of the times. Recently I spoke to several groups about how to get the most out of garden visits.  Learning to Look: the Art of Garden Observation considers what it takes to really see a garden. A handout for the talk asks some key questions, starting with the garden's context.  How does it relate to the world around it? Is it open to its surroundings or closed off? Topography


The Straight and (not very) Narrow

November 1st, 2017 | 23 Comments »
  When is a straight path not straight enough? When is it too narrow? Last March, I decided to transform an unused farm field into something spectacular by lining the path that ran through it  with crabapple trees. When the ground was barely thawed, I paced out the length to determine how many trees to order.   [caption id="attachment_5771" align="aligncenter" width="5169"] This path was a convenient short cut across a flat farm field.[/caption]   I was taken aback. We needed 100 trees, 50 each side, planted at 18 foot intervals. The number made me