Frosted Flowers

I popped outside late yesterday morning, just before the sun came around to melt the frost and cause the flowers to wilt to the ground… Advertisements

Edible Garden Assessment – 2012 Winners & Losers

Calgary experienced a “hard” or “killing” frost last night, so today the nasturtiums, cosmos, carrot tops and parsley tops seemed to shrivel up and fall over right before my eyes. The weather forecast called it, so I ran around yesterday, picking the last of the zucchini and pulling the leeks. Mr. GeoK picked the apples…

Bald-faced Hornet Nest – Quick Update

Near the end of July, we discovered a Bald-Faced Hornet Nest in the crabapple tree in our front yard. We eventually decided to hang some strips of warning flagging on the tree branches and leave it be until cold temperatures killed off the workers and the new queen vacated the nest to over-winter somewhere else.…

Flower Garden Assessment – 2012 Winners & Losers

We’re enjoying beautiful weather in Calgary on this first day of autumn. But with leaves turning yellow, nights growing cooler and seed pods forming on a number of plants in the yard, it seems like the right time to do a quick assessment our 2012 flower garden. Rather than scribble out some notes on a…

Volunteer Sunflower

As summer draws to a close and leaves start to fall from the trees, it makes sense to spend a bit of time thinking about what worked well in the yard this year and whether any changes should be made when the 2013 planting season rolls around. I’ll be making a thorough assessment of our…