blog on a glorious combination of spring perennials, shrubs and trees


I couldn’t resist: a little tour of the garden today shows just how many plants look so good right now. From the left: Japanese maples (Acer shirasawanum is the gold, Berberis. Lots of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ pick up the exact tone of colour in the Syringa velutina (the scent of which is ravishing); even the Rosa glauca picksup the slight blue tone. There is a wonderful Japanese Salix ?which is revealed now the Physocarpus ‘Diabolo’ is whacked right back.

I’ll have a new newsletter ready within a couple of weeks talking about combining plants.
To me, the best fun.
Meantime I’m working on my first column for the Globe and Mail this year, might be in on the 6th, might not. I’m doing a series on what kinds of gardens Landscape Architects and designers build for themselves. The result are really fascinating.
Another House & Home garden page will be out in a few weeks in the July issue. These are such fun to do.
And I’m working on a story about Adienne Clarkson’s garden for Zoomer.
Then there’s Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style.
These little fingers never stop moving.