Tag Archive | "Garden"

Wake Up Your Patio

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Fran from Palmyra Design in Milton, Ontario, was in touch to let me know about a new shipment of patio umbrellas she has just received from Jaipur, India. Available in several styles -- from super-bold patchwork to quieter block-printed paisleys and florals -- these exuberant umbrellas are guaranteed to wake up your patio and add a groovy global vibe to your next outdoor gathering. You won't find these at Homesense.

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A Month in Provence

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Yesterday I was invited for tea by a couple I've gotten to know through the blog. Among other things, they wanted me to see their front garden, which, for one glorious month each year, transforms their yard into a glimpse of Provence. The tall, deep purple flower spikes aren't lavendar but Woodland Sage (Salvia X Sylvestris); the flowers have little or no scent but they are definitely a feast for the eyes. What a pleasure, not just for the homeowners but for all of their lucky neighbours.

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Serenity Now: Robert’s Vancouver Oasis

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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When he purchased his home almost 20 years ago, Robert was confident he could turn the 10’ x 20’ terrace into a serene space that reflects his passion for plants and international travel. Robert has visited all seven continents, including a photographic journey through Antarctica and his sublime refuge hints at his fervour for far-off places.

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A Very Pretty Porch

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Just look at this pretty porch on Indian Road Crescent; the planters and hanging baskets pull the greenery and colour of the landscaped front yard right up and onto the doorstep. The hue of the perennials was taken into consideration long before they bloomed and is reflected with similar shades of annuals in the container garden above.

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Folly: Statues “R” Us

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Lorne and Ruth Campbell's garden isn't likely to be featured in Canadian House and Home any time soon and that's just fine with them. Their mismatched menagerie of statuary, which ranges from stone and cast iron animals to Greek Godesses and Japanese pagodas is a local landmark in Toronto's well-to-do Kingsway neighbourhood.

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