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My husband's twig farm.

by Lia Pas

Saskatoon — Even though my husband had planned to finish the basement this summer, he couldn’t ignore the yard. When we had to cut down our largest Manitoba Maple because it had been damaged over the winter, the whole feel of the backyard changed and our garden had a lot more light. We had four small raised beds (our soil is almost pure clay because we are close to the river) and Ed decided that larger, dee...

gardens, flowers


by David Wade Chambers

Aireys inlet — This is my story of the crucifix orchid. It thrives on neglect. Nine years ago we were given a couple of cuttings of the beautiful Epidendrum ibaguense, which I believe is a native of the Caribbean ...

seasons, flowers, gardens

Seasons in Australia

by David Wade Chambers

Aireys inlet — I’ve written on the Hi topic ‘Seasons’ before especially here and also here. Where I grew up in Oklahoma, Jonquils and Snowflakes (pictured above in our Australian back garden) were fairly precise ha...

Autumn, gardens, Mother

My mother's surreal glowing garden decor.

by Lia Pas

Saskatoon — Sometimes I see my mother’s tchotchkes and think how strange they are. Her walls and shelves and garden decor seem to lend themselves to birds and butterflies and frogs. When I was little, each time ...

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