Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tender plants moving indoors

Brought my philodendron inside today after a summer outside. Sad. It's a wonderful plant though, transforms a boring room.

Friday, August 12, 2011

World Tour cycling race coming up in Quebec City September 9th.

Thomas Voeckler chatting during UCI race in Quebec City last year. He'll be back to race this year on September 9th. It's a great event through the streets of the city. I am writing a piece for the Toronto Star Travel Section.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bryan Prince retired, bookworms salute him.

Prince peeking through the bookshelves.  Standing room only at the retirement of Bryan Prince-at least from his excellent bookstore. It will carry on in very capable hands. I will miss him darting out of his backroom office.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photos from Philadelphia, from Longwood Gardens and Terrain at Styers-a lifestyle garden store.

More on Philadelphia

Just finished an interview with Arlene Bynon on Planes Train and Automobiles on Philadelphia. I ranked it 8 out of 10 for cities to visit. More information at
 Here's my article from the Hamilton Spectator:

Hot Horticulture

  It’s time for hot, horizontal, horticulture. That’s my headline for spring after a trend safari to Philadelphia. Burned in my brain is the sizzling colour of a hibiscus called Erin Rachel. Combine neon orange and lipstick pink in a flower as big as a muskmelon and you have a starburst of excitement. Erin Rachel was at Longwood Gardens, on the outskirts of Philadelphia in Kennett Square.
  Their conservatories are breathtaking. Popsicle orange clivia’s popped up throughout the gardens, there to make blue flowers like cineraria look even bluer. Pansies, daffodils, and red-hot pokers added their unabashed vibrancy, and a gorgeous freckled kohleria tumbled out of pots beneath perfect tree ferns.
  In contrast to the heavy breathing tropicals, The Silver Garden at Longwood unfolds like a wide-angle painting of the desert. Low growing succulents form a horizontal river of blue, broken by the pencil points of Mexican Fence Post cactus. The room breathes cool, even though it is populated by hot desert plants.
  The scale of Longwood, a former Du Pont estate, is monumental, but still a thoughtful resource for gardeners. And now nearby, the recently opened Terrain at Styers makes for a one-two punch for those of us crazy about horticulture and ways to display it. The décor store/nursery/café-11 acres in all- is one stop shopping for gardeners. Pots, paintings, plants, books, lights, hardware-they carry everything to turn your home into a spread from a high-end British gardening magazine. In fact if you’re looking for a gift for Kate and Prince William-look no further. Bell jars were hot there, terrariums, weathered wood shelves, and stylish ways to display anything green. They even carried cool garden themed cots for getting horizontal.
  Styers was a family run nursery turned in to a home and garden lifestyle destination by Urban Outfitters-and that kind of blend is a trend-making horticulture hot. In Hamilton you can see the same theory working at Terra, Connon Nursery and Garden Gallery.
  The Philadelphia Flower Show attracted flocks of gardeners to the city centre while I was there.  Though it is a theatrical extravaganza, it is still very much about plants.  Not far from the elaborate Paris themed displays were the orderly and dignified horticultural competitions. A place where Mrs. Dorrance Hamilton, known as Dodo, the heir to the Campbell Soup fortune, often wins the blue ribbons. This year her 18 year-old myrtle topiary won a top prize.
    Philadelphia is a gardener’s paradise, and a visit there is a marvelous jump-start to our season. We are on the brink of spring now. Canada Blooms is up and running, the blackbirds are back. And my brain is brimming with ideas for the hot, horizontal, horticulture.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Via Train at station, tracks in snow, seat inside train.

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I love trains. My dad worked for Pullman in Chicago. This is my home made train, after I had a drink.

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My self portrait on Via train.

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Ever present hydro towers from Via train window..

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Just painted some quick paintings from window of Via train on way to Ottawa.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Public Art in Hamilton needs spring cleaning.

These doors have to go. They have been on display too long, and from the beginning were never interesting. Note the one on James Street South with a blanket of cigarette butts around it. C'mon Hamilton this is not Public Art. This is embarrassing.

Monday, February 21, 2011


I read today that the witch hazel is in bloom on The High Line in NYC. So, usually before the end of February the red- wing blackbirds are back here. That's the best sound of impending spring.

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