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Autumn Splendour

October 13th, 2019 | 6 Comments »

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, and today I’m giving thanks for the splendours of autumn.  All week the colours have been spectacular!


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This  view along the driveway at Glen Villa gives some idea of how brilliant the colour is.


The white posts in the distance mark the entry to the China Terrace.
The red leaves are a sugar maple on fire. The white posts in the distance mark the entry to the China Terrace.


On the stone wall of the house, Engelman ivy is a symphony of scarlet, red and maroon.


The ferns are dying back but still offer a sharp contrast in colour.
The ferns are dying back but still offer a sharp contrast in colour to the ivy on the wall.


The colours on the hillside above the Big Meadow are a mix of apricot and spun gold.


The remaining greens make the colours appear even more vibrant.
The remaining greens make the colours appear even more vibrant.


The fields above the house are equally splendid.


The figures of Abenaki Walking III are in the foreground.
The figures of Abenaki Walking III are in the foreground.


Everywhere along the Timelines trail, the colours are singing — not sotto voce but con brio...


This scene is par of The Clearing of the Land.
This scene is part of The Clearing of the Land.


…not piano but fortissimo.


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At the Skating Pond the ornamental grasses are at their best.


The plumes of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' shine by the Skating Pond.
The plumes of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ shine by the Skating Pond.


In an old farm field, the Big Chair is almost shockingly white against the autumnal colours.


The Big Chair and column are part of The Past Looms Large, one section of Timelines.
The Big Chair and column are part of The Past Looms Large, one section of Timelines.


Up close, the different colours on oak leaves separate into greens, browns and touches of red, making the veins stand out prominently.


Oak leaves have a texture that begs to be stroked.
Oak leaves have a texture that begs to be stroked.


Even when colours begin to fade, beauty remains.


Ferns in the woods offer a quieter note.
Ferns in the woods sing a quieter song.


We know that these glorious colours won’t remain much longer. We know that their brilliance means that colder and whiter times will soon be here. But even with the dying of this year, there’s humour to be found.


Who put the apples on the Seigneurie sign? Thank you, whoever it was!
Who put the apples on the Seigneurie sign? Thanks for the laugh, whoever it was!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The China Terrace in Autumn

October 6th, 2019 | 9 Comments »
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The China Terrace is my interpretation of history ... a room in the garden at Glen Villa where I have recreated parts of Glen Villa Inn, the old resort hotel that once stood on our property. Towards the end of summer I wrote about the new 'walls' that we installed to mark the division between the different rooms in the hotel: a reception area, bedroom and dining room.  (You can read that post here.) The 'walls' are now covered with autumn leaves, and the grass we seeded over a month


Containers That Match Your Mood

September 2nd, 2019 | 8 Comments »
This combo worked well from late May to late September.
Recently a friend asked if I'd written about container gardening. Her question started me thinking about how the plants on the decks around our house have changed over the years. I pulled out old photos to see if my memory was accurate. Yes, the choices I made had changed. And while that wasn't really surprising, what I noticed most was that the differences year to year reflected changes not only in my experience but also in my emotions and moods. Decks surround Glen Villa, our house and garden in Quebec, offering lots of space


The China Terrace Gets a Face Lift

August 25th, 2019 | 10 Comments »
I used Lamium 'Fancy Nancy' for the bedspread and Alternathera 'Purple Prince' for the pillow.
The title of this post might well be The China Terrace gets a Floor Lift... but that would be confusing and not entirely accurate. So what has happened? The China Terrace, a re-imagining of the grand resort hotel that once stood on the property, was one of the first projects I undertook at Glen Villa. [caption id="attachment_1567" align="alignleft" width="1024"] The entry to the China Terrace uses old pillars I found in a local antique store. The posts that curve up beyond suggest a staircase to an imaginary second story.[/caption]   My


Try and Try Again

August 18th, 2019 | 15 Comments »
The wrought-iron will rust eventually but we can scrape and oil it when it does.
The old saying is a good one: if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. There's a meme in the gardening world started by Bonney Lassie at call Tell the Truth Tuesday. Despite my fair share of failures, I've never joined in. But La Seigneurie, one of the newest parts of my Quebec garden, fits the meme all too well. So even if it isn't Tuesday, here's the truth. In early June this year, we seeded a farm field as part of Timelines, the 3 km trail I've developed that explores questions



August 11th, 2019 | 14 Comments »
I designed this fence made of steel posts and wire cable to be as invisible as possible from a distance and attractive up close.
Fences come in all shapes and sizes, yet in one way or another they all serve the same purpose: to separate one area from another. At Glen Villa, my garden in Quebec, the oldest fence separates a former farm field from a driveway.   [caption id="attachment_7852" align="alignleft" width="1024"] It's obvious from the way the tree has grown around it that this barbed wire fence was put up a long time ago.[/caption]   An equally practical but more decorative fence is the one I designed to protect shrubs from the deer that


Open Garden Day Success

July 22nd, 2019 | 18 Comments »
The rich sounds of the cello could be heard from the Lower Garden right up to the Upper Field. No question, the music added to the special atmosphere.
On Saturday July 20, over 300 people visited Glen Villa to view the garden and walk Timelines, the 3km trail that opened for the first time. The day was exhausting because of the heat and humidity but it was exhilarating to welcome so many people to the garden and to hear how much they enjoyed the experience. Many visitors commented on how well organized we were. For this, I have to thank the 24 volunteers who worked at the registration desk and at various spots around the garden. Of all the volunteers, I want


Wildflowers and Wild Life

July 14th, 2019 | 16 Comments »
For a wildflower to seed itself all over a field ... how lucky is that!
Some wildflowers are called weeds... but often those 'weeds' have pretty flowers. Consider crown vetch, for instance. Its purple flowers are lovely from a distance and it is useful as a temporary ground cover to prevent erosion. But it's also a menace, in some cases covering and shading out native plants.  Chickweed, on the other hand, isn't a problem, although people who yearn for perfect lawns may disagree.   [caption id="attachment_7731" align="alignleft" width="2773"] It's called chickweed because chickens love to eat it. People can too, and its flowers are quite


Words on the Land

July 7th, 2019 | 8 Comments »
I deliberately made the questions difficult to read in order to slow people down.
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the old saying goes. But sometimes a word says all that needs to be said. Or perhaps, more than a thousand pictures can convey. Words label each section of Timelines, the 2.9 km trail that we are opening to the public for the first time on July 20, as a fund-raiser for the Massawippi Foundation. (You can buy your tickets by clicking here.) Words begin the journey at In Transit/En Route, where signs ask questions   [caption id="attachment_7711" align="alignleft" width="5184"] I deliberately


Introducing Mr. Albert Stumpson

July 3rd, 2019 | 6 Comments »
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For many years a pine tree towered over an old house where a tenant farmer once lived.   [caption id="attachment_6230" align="alignleft" width="4000"] You can see the tall pine tree behind the house in this photo from 2009.[/caption]   In search of the sun, it gradually leaned farther and farther away from the house. Until one day, it fell.   [caption id="attachment_6221" align="alignleft" width="4316"] The screened porch on the farmhouse is the perfect place to sit on a summer's evening.[/caption]   When the branches were removed, my son-in-law noticed that the