Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Harvest Summary

If I could summarize the past season in one sentence it would be this:   Disappointing, but not altogether surprising.

My preference is to post the reviews on the individual veg first and then do an overall summary.  However, since a big part of the harvest results this year were affected by factors that influenced the entire garden, I decided to start my end of season reviews with the overall harvest tally instead of finishing with it.

Memories of Summer

Thursday, December 24, 2015

We Wish You A Merry Christmas...

I'm listening to "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" on the radio right now.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Harvest Monday - December 14, 2015

This week's Harvest Monday post is short and sweet - one harvest, one photo.  Perennial bunching onions:

Evergreen Hardy Perennial Bunching Onions

Saturday, December 12, 2015

When Good Weather Is Bad

Little by little, the last of the gardening chores are being completed.

First up was the asparagus.  I had been waiting a very long time for the ferns to turn brown and the time finally arrived this past weekend:

Browned Asparagus Foliage

Monday, December 7, 2015

Harvest Monday - December 7, 2015

It's the beginning of December and I still have harvests to report.  I wish I could take credit for that, but I think most of it goes to Mother Nature - we have had some cold temps but also a lot of unusually warm weather.  It's 1C (34F) right now but it's supposed to go up to 11C (52F) this coming weekend - talk about a roller coaster!

I finally harvested the last 2 leeks - a mama and her baby:

Jolant Leeks

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Garden Bloggers Fling - Day 1 (Evening)

I had been planning to include our last destination in my Toronto Island post, but felt that it was long enough already, so I decided to do a separate post for the final event of the day - the Buzztini.

Destination #5 – Buzztini at the Fairmont Royal York

Bloggers were on their own for dinner that first day and then met back up at the Royal York for an apr├Ęs-dinner event, a Buzztini, which featured honey infused concoctions.  Unfortunately, I missed the presentation part of the evening – another blogger and I went for dinner at a local restaurant and there was an excessively long wait for our food.  How long is excessive?  We didn’t keep track of the time but it was well over an hour.  Even though we didn't complain (other than asking when our meal would be arriving a few times), the server must have also thought it was a bit much as she cut our bill in half with no prompting from us.  Very nice of them, but I was still very disappointed that we ended up missing out on the "bee talk".

The Royal York set up a honeybee aviary on its rooftop seven years ago, consisting of 6 hives.  Last year, a “bee hotel” was added in an effort to attract and provide a resting spot for wild bees, essential pollinators that have suffered a rapid decline in recent years.  We had a wonderful, albeit distant, view of the hives from the windows of the banquet room we were in:

Rooftop Bee Hotels