fruit bounty

Just came home from over a week away to Saskatoon and raspberry shrubs loaded down with fruit:



What a wonderful thing to come home to!

Unfortunately we are in the middle of a kitchen reno so I can’t try any yummy looking recipes that others have recently posted, so at our house we are eating and freezing as many as possible at the moment.  But I am bookmarking this recipe for next year:

Recipe: Saskatoon berry drink mix, two ways.

Another goal for next year will be to clean up the raspberry patch – stake them better and dig out all those thistles…


sunflowers, green onions, and spirea


… are flowering in ‘New England’, the veggie garden right now. And with the recent addition of the birdbath, the creation of this section of the garden is now finished.

Here’s the view straight on:


And a close-up too:


To see the development of this garden over time, click here and scroll down.

gardens of Copenhagen

I was fortunate to get to spend 3 days in Copenhagen last week, on my way to a conference.  There were many things I loved about that beautiful city, not the least of which were the gardens of course!

As a gardener, I don’t tend to take close-up pictures of plants anymore.  I’m more interested in trying to capture overall features of the design – I love layouts which include areas with specific themes or colour schemes, long views lined with simple hedges, and where certain focal points or beautiful buildings are either framed or revealed over time as you move through a garden.  And by “capture”, let me be clear that I mean “capture” in order to retain my memories of the experience and to inspire new ideas in my own garden, not “capture” as in the action of a real photographer creating an award-winning photograph.

With that said, here are a few of my favourite views (you can click on them to enlarge)!

Gardens of the Royal Library


Gardens of Rosenborg Castle


Botanical Gardens


Mini Gardens (ok 2 are florist shops but they’re oh so cute!!)


Which of these photos could inspire your garden?