You Never Know With Libraries…

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You find some of the most interesting things hanging out in and around community libraries.

People. Books. Trees.

Art. Sculpture. Flowers.

Ornamental corn commingling with bright perennials.

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Yes. Ornamental corn. It’s called Field of Dreams.

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It was the pink that drew my attention. C’mon. Pink on corn. There is an ear of corn right there. The kernels are dark and poppable. Poppable.

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It was high noon at the library. These were the best of a dozen shots. Go ahead corn. Go ahead pretty flower. Commingle. You’re doing it right.

If you know what the flower is, shout it out in the comments. It looks like a zinnia to me.

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You never know with libraries.

And Thursday brings us that much closer to a 3-day weekend. Thank you, Civic Holiday. And that’s Simcoe Day in Toronto.



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I’ve been making an effort to create a bee and butterfly — B&B — friendly perennial garden.

The bees have been back in good force this year. Bumblebees, big bees, small bees.

Bees, man.

They’ve embraced the whole yard. And I relish that, even though I don’t want to get stung.

Seriously. No stinging, bees.

I’ve made you a nice habitat.

Let us embrace our diversity.

No stinging.

Please and thank you.

Sadly, I’ve yet to see the return of the butterflies, especially the Monarch.

Some Milkweed will be going in next year.

There were plenty of bees zipping around when I clicked this shot. This bee was the only one willing to sit for an impromptu portrait.

Let’s just bzzzzzz right over Hump Day.


Single Shot Monday: Banana Cream…

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We all need a little bit of this.


Because it’s Monday.

Because I said so.

This is in its third season.

This makes the bees swoon.

Me, too.

And Monday rolls in with Banana Cream Daisies.


Close Shot Friday 061

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Showing off.

Hydrangea are one of my faves. I found this, sharing park space with a bench, just steps from the roses at Rosetta McClain Gardens.

Yup. Click it bigger.

In other news ~

I suspect the tomato plants are doing drugs. Chadwick Cherry meets with their dealer under cloak of darkness, then scrabbles up and down the garden doling out the nightly fix to Cherokee Purple, Constoluto Fiorentino, and Dr. Carolyn. Hence, all those scratchy, chattery noises I hear in the predawn hours.

Why do I think this?

Because Chadwick Cherry is over six feet tall, and the rest of the tribe aren’t far behind.

I’m doing some serious staking here.

Serious. Staking.

Memo to Chadwick Cherry: We’re organic here. We’re not doing drugs of any kind, roids or otherwise. Continue at your peril. Pass it along.

TGIF, baby.

You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…


Single Shot Monday: AGO…

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A nod to my love of signage.

Last week, I was down at the Art Gallery of Ontario — AGO — to see the Francis Bacon/Henry Moore exhibit: Terror and Beauty. And, yes, it was both terrifying and beautiful.

The AGO underwent a transformation — Transformation AGO — which was completed in 2008. I don’t know about you, Torontonians, but I particularly love that curvy north elevation. Thank you, Frank Gehry.

This bit of signage is popping.


Go on. Go see for yourself.

And Monday drifts in on blue skies and summer clouds.


Close Shot Friday 060

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Fruits of the vine.

As I’ve hinted at strongly over the last weeks, I’m experimenting with a lot of container gardening this summer, which I’ve hashtagged #containerfarming #fromseed #burbville. Mostly, you’ll find that on my Instagram, as I haven’t had the time to put up the kind of post I want about it here. Yet.

This is the Chadwick’s Cherry Tomato. It’s from seed. Seed which I got from Edible Antiques. However, after it grew big enough, I planted it right in the ground. This is a high volume, disease tolerant, mold resistant, hardy plant. It sometimes goes by the name of Camp Joy.

So far so good. As you can see, it’s just beginning to show its fruit.

At the moment it stands 53 inches tall (135 cm). It started and remains in a classic tomato hoop, but it is also being supported by a 6-foot stake, and I’m thinking it’s going to need more.

I’m growing four varieties of tomatoes from Edible Antiques. The other three are: Cherokee Purple, Constoluto Fiorentino, and Dr. Carolyn.

Time will tell. Fingers crossed.

You can find Edible Antiques on Pinterest here, and on Twitter here.

And that’s how we’re rolling this Friday.

TGIF. You know what to do. Meet you in the bar in 3…2…1…