Category: Nature

The Perfect Present

The Perfect Present With 10 days to go Til Santa arrives Has your oomph gotten low And shopping will needing revival? I’m sure the hall is decked with mistletoe and holly, but has the list been rechecked? Do you still need presents for Great-Aunt Dolly? She hated last year’s mitts and couldn’t stand the sweater!… Read more »

Christmas Greenery

Have you noticed that the holidays are filled with greenery? There is the Christmas tree of course, but traditionally mistletoe is hung about and evergreen boughs often decorate the house both inside and out. It is all very beautiful, but have you ever thought about when or why these bits of nature stepped into Christmas… Read more »

Leaves: A Gift From The Trees

Last weekend was a brilliant one. The sun shone with not a cloud in the sky and daytime temperatures were reminiscent of any great summer day. I am sure there were more than a few of you who stepped into the garden to take advantage of the warm weather, by starting your garden clean up…. Read more »

Look at that Swirl on a Burl!

What is a Burl exactly? Let’s start with an example, shall we. Do you see that bulbous lump in the middle of the tree in the picture to the left there? Hard not to notice, isn’t it? That my friend is a burl. A burl is an abnormal growth on a tree caused by some… Read more »

2011- International Year of Forests

International Year of Forests Did you know that the United Nations designated 2011 the International Year of the Forests? There are 1.6 billion people who rely on the forests that cover a third of the Earth’s land mass. While forests control climate change and support the rivers that provide water for 50% of the world’s… Read more »

Norway Maples: Southwestern Ontario is Under Invasion!

I think it is safe to say that Spring is finally here to stay. Pale feet are peeking out into the world from the freeing comfort of flip-flops everywhere we look. Winter coats have been replaced by light spring coats, or no coats at all. Motorcycles are revving to life, as are a fair amount… Read more »

Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Chirp! tweet, twitter, tweet tweet… Ah, the sounds of Spring. Birds have returned and the air is filled with their music. Robins flit back and forth,¬†mourning doves low in the trees, and of course the Canada Geese honk noisily overhead. It seems like one moment the world is devoid of life, and the next the… Read more »