Flower of the Day – The Earliest Cherry Blossoms

Flower of the Day – The Earliest Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom earliest peak-dates have been reported in Japan, as well as other countries, including Canada. Ironically enough, these, along with pandemic-related circumstances, have confabulated to grant my daughter a full-bloom Japanese farewell, and a full-bloom Canadian welcome ... click on title for more

Flower of the Day – Spring has Sprung

Flower of the Day – Spring has Sprung

Although temperatures are still going up and down in Southern Ontario, the spring season has definitely arrived; in addition to birds singing and looking for a place to nest, grass turning green, and budding trees, I have spotted the first bloom in my backyard, a yellow daffodil (pictured above).  A small forsythia is also blooming, a sure sign for sowing cool-weather crops outdoors, such as carrots, lettuce and radishes, and transplant some of the sturdiest seedlings from indoors ... click on title for more

Sunchokes – Rediscovering an Ancient Crop

Sunchokes – Rediscovering an Ancient Crop

The Sunchoke, or Jerusalem artichoke, is a perennial plant of the sunflower family; sunchoke tubers were an important part of the native American diet, and continued to be grown by settlers in North America and also after being introduced to Europe, but they were eventually forgotten when potatoes and other New World vegetables became staples.  There have been some efforts to bring sunchokes back to the table ... click on title for more