Yesterday my boyfriend Ben and I went to Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC to check out a matcha festival. Considered to be one of the top traditional Japanese gardens in North America, Nitobe Memorial Garden honours the Japanese scholar, educator and diplomat Dr. Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933). Nitobe is meticulously designed and maintained, down to each […]
Archives for July 2010
I love the simple drama of this Crescent Beach garden; there’s only, as far as I can tell, three types of plants used here. I could never be that restrained. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Maiden grass) is in the background, Pennisetum villosum (Feathertop) is in the mid-ground, and there’s another grass in the foreground that I […]
Time for a holiday!
After several weeks of being hunched over my computer, it’s time for sand between toes, popsicle-sticky fingers, and yes, running through the sprinkler. Heavy Petal is taking a mini summer vacation this year, but I’ll be reposting some of my favourite posts from the past. Regular posting will resume August 9. Happy Summer, everyone!
Now Harvesting: mid-to-late July
Wow – where did July go? I’ve been too busy working on the final proofs of my book to be able to do much lounging or gin-and-tonic drinking (two things, that, without which, summer is not complete). The good news is that the book is done! Well, my role in it, anyway – at least […]
No, it’s not the latest ornamental allium – they’re leek flowers. Pretty, eh?
Now Harvesting: early July
The sole ‘Thumbelina’ carrot I managed to raise to maturity (yes, they’re supposed to resemble golf balls in their shape and size!) My garden is officially in limbo land. We didn’t get summer weather (read: consistently above 15C/29F) until just last week, and then it hit – hard. So all my cool-season edibles, such as […]
World, please meet Sugar Snaps and Strawberries
I am thrilled to officially introduce my book, Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden. This book has been a long time in the making, and I’m not even talking about the years spent learning how to grow edibles, or garden organically (or how to string a coherent sentence […]