Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable

A friend visited me recently and kindly bought me a gift. I was a little surprised by her choice, given that for years she advised me against purchases of this nature. This friend -- actually several of my friends -- used to joke that I had an addiction. They may have been on to something, … Continue reading Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable

Moving on up makes me appreciate high-density living

I grew up in a city that boasted one skyscraper. When I was a child, I thought that description was more than apt. After all, everything is big when you are small. Now, when I return home for summer visits to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, I look at the Sir Richard Squires building with amused affection. … Continue reading Moving on up makes me appreciate high-density living

Creeping vines I can handle; creepy crawlies, not so much

It appears I will be going round two with the aphids. Such is the life, I suppose, of a gardener, even one confined to a balcony. The aphids have overtaken my honeysuckle vine, just as it is breaking into bloom. I thought I’d nipped the problem in the bud back in May when I first … Continue reading Creeping vines I can handle; creepy crawlies, not so much