Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Flora Farms

A friend of mine sent me a link of a place he stumbled on in Mexico, Flora Farms. He said their whole presentation “was almost Riordonian”. I think I get what he meant. Anyway I thought you might enjoy checking it out.

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Centro Garden

I can’t help but be slightly envious of this wonderful new store in neighbouring downtown Burlington. I love their aesthetic and the way they mix garden and lifestyle to create such an inviting and unique retail experience. Check out their website or better yet, pay them a visit at 437 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario. They’re open all year around, but the store opens up outside once the warmer season arrives.


Unusual Garden Benches

I’m always snooping around for garden stuff. Everyone should have a character bench in their garden to enjoy the ambience of your outdoor sanctuary. Here are some interesting options, but if you decide the cost to ship from the UK is too much, then use it for inspiration to search for a bench closer to home or grab the images you like for Pinterest.


Cedar Springs

My guys from Cedar Springs support the care of our six garden areas by keeping all of our lawn areas trimmed and looking beautiful throughout the three seasons. If you’re in the western GTA you might want to consider Cedar Springs. Wally and his new sidekick Tyler have been managing things for Mr. Fussy.


Weed or Flower?

Well, I guess this is more of a rant than a tip, but I just have to get very fussy about an issue that’s really annoying to me for a whole bunch of reasons.

Behold, the Dandelion (Taraxacum), our new provincial flower. It used to be the Trillium, a fantastic and rare specimen, but apparently our government has decided (without consulting with the public) to make this our new emblem of pride, or should I say shame. I’m only assuming this, given that our boulevards and public areas have become overwhelmed with this unsightly, grass destroying weed.


Get ready, summer arriveth!

Summer has snuck up quickly and I stood in my garden tonight just before the sun set. It was a spectacular late June evening. The breeze rustling through the trees, blossoms in full bloom and everything green and lush. A rabbit hopped around me without fear and for a moment, I felt like Francis of Assisi. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of all the new growth and the bursting forth of late spring. It’s easy to busy yourself so intensely over the season working at your garden that you neglect the pleasure of the fruit of your labour. You know take some time every so often – stop and smell the roses.

Much to our surprise, “Style at Home” came back a couple of months ago to interview me for the June issue of their magazine. They wanted to feature the gardens this time. It’s out on the shelves. I’ve posted the article for you to enjoy.