Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Trees R Us

A non-negotiable on the Grandview property was privatizing the property and creating a beautiful space to look out the front windows at. The backyard view of Georgian Bay sealed the deal, but the front yard simply didn’t beckon the same response. An underwhelming streetscape and hydro wires draped across the property didn’t provide a pleasant shared vista in our new neighbourhood and so we began to dream it, plan it, create it.


Concrete Braided Garden Boundaries

When I was traveling in Scotland last summer I noticed that many of the gardens had cast concrete “braided rope” borders in aged concrete and I thought it would be great to incorporate this in our new garden at Grandview. All of the sources for this product however seem to come from the UK. I couldn’t find a North American supplier.

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La Foce Bellissima!

Over the holidays we were visiting friends who travel and they had a coffee table book titled “La Foce – A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany” that caught my eye. Here’s a place you might want to add to your bucket list if you love gardens, happen to be in Tuscany and would like to either plan a day visit or maybe stay over. This is one spectacular spot.

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An Afternoon at Inverewe Garden

The second garden I want to share from visiting some of Scotland’s finest heritage gardens is Inverewe. This National Trust destination was relatively quiet the day I was there providing ample time to wander about at my own pace, photograph, explore and take in this lovely estate in the Scottish Highlands.


Rock On!

We’re approaching a full year of non-stop, full-tilt, cheque-hemorrhaging renovation on our latest property make over and I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted. Like any large project there’s a point where you just want to quit, but there’s no turning back once you’re this far into it and so we press on to the finish line.


Pots on Plinths

Gardening in Ontario is generally on quite a different playing field than it is in many places in Europe. Such a long tradition of finessing the art of gardening. I find most garden centres in Ontario carry tacky, tasteless concrete cast accessories for home and garden, which requires more effort when hunting for better options. Unfortunately with currency exchange, tariffs and shipping fees, the US and Europe are out of reach for our budget, even though there are many great resources further afoot than here at home.