29th Apr, 2011


I’ve got a new e-letter prepared and Anna as usual has done a fantastic job on it. Full of lovely plant suggestions.
Just e-mail me and I’ll send you the link.

The garden is popping incredibly and every day seems to bring new ephemerals into view.  But here’s a scene I like very much:

2011 jardin de refuse  apr 30 It’s hard to believe this was mud city a few weeks ago. The scilla blanket the whole garden now and what a pleasure they are:  they look great for a while in spring just when we need them,  spread around and then disappear in summer making way for all the other plants around them.

The Cornus mas behind the viburnum is just coming into glory. I like this composition  because there’s an old Chinese vase, broken long ago, which humps up like a small whale in a sea of green. And the compost is sitting back there needing a good turn. I’ll keep shooting from this exact spot for the rest of the year.

If you want a copy of the piece that was in the Life section of the Globe and Mail this week, let me know and I’ll send it onwards.



What a wonderful interview this morning with Mary Ito on Fresh Air. Thanks so much Marjorie. I’m hoping to access from you a list of suggestions for plants this year! 🙂 I’m in Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario and into my third year of chiselling out gardens. I live in the country on Lakeshore Drive with chilly challenges off Lake Superior. I loved what you said about containers as I started that last year in my gardens. Love them..and so do the deer Marjorie. It appears to “help them” eat in a more relaxed position. :-)))) Thanks in advance for a link or a list of some plant ideas I can look for here in Thunder Bay. Cheers. Janice Hilton

Your list of Annual plants is what I am looking for from the May 21st CBC show with Mary Ito.
Look forward to your interviews on CBC and always learn something new.
I also grow container vegetables.
I live between Sudbury and North Bay so weather can be a bit tricky but I just bring in my containers if frost is forecast.
Thanks and happy grardening. Jean

Have you sent out the spring newsletter yet? If so I didn’t get it. I am on your mailing list. Beryl

spring newsletter was sent in May and I’m working on a summer one. E-mail me and rattle the cage and I’ll send you the spring one: marjorieharris@rogers.com

What’s easier is if you let they stay outside and throw a big old sheet over them. It will keep in the heat of the day. But frost is frost and you do have to be careful.

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