Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

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.


Dream It. Plan It. Create It.

So goes the Fussy Gardener mantra and so goes the work at Grandview.


I found a natural stone mason in Toronto, Rod Tapp from Top Mark Property Improvements, to put in a 40’ Eramosa Tiger Stripe dry-laid retaining wall along the front of the property, part of a courtyard garden I’ve designed and I’m hoping to finish next spring. Rod and Byron finished this just before the fall came to a close and I’m delighted with the outcome. Their commitment and craftsmanship was commendable.

We Press On

Much has happened at our property overhaul in recent weeks. The house is coming along, framing done, finishing up on insulation and boarding, all new doors and windows, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Finding good trades has been challenging in this neck of the woods, namely because of the shortage of skilled workers and the increasing demands of new development in the area.


Diggin’ It

In preparation for our new garden, some trees and shrubs we liked needed to be moved to preferable spots and gaps needed to be filled in with new plant additions. Thanks to Mike Clarke.