Thursday, November 3, 2011


The pumpkins were ripe for the picking several weeks age at River Breeze Farm Market in Truro Nova Scotia. The children were thoroughly entertained by all of the activities available at the farm.They have an amazing corn maze, and a pumpkin patch for picking just the right pumpkin to bring home with us. Sometimes the choice is a bit difficult:).pumpkin patch
pumpkin patch
The corn maze was fabulous, and yes, we got lost. Fortunately there are large structures built throughout the maze that you can climb and regain your sense of direction:). corn field
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

halloweenThe Trick Or Treaters are almost done for another year. Hope everyone had a safe and spooktacular Halloween:).

Merigomish Harvest


It will soon be harvest time in the cornfield. It's a golden harvest, and the golden stalks crackle as they sway back and forth in the breezes of the Merigomish Harbor.The ducks and geese are having a hay day with the bountiful harvest of corn. It is such a spiritual place, this rolling cornfield against the ocean.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Daylily Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is one of my favorite pink daylilies. It displayed a spectacular wonky first bloom this season. Although far removed from it's usual regal appearance, this daylily flower was very impressive none the less. Hemerocallis blooms last only one day, so future blooms on this plant will most likely normalize to their usual appearance.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Daylilies and Iris

The daylilies and iris are in bloom, after a long season of anticipation. We got several cultivars of Iris from Red Lane Daylilies last year, and placed them in the middle of the daylily rows. The colors are spectacular, and set each other off. The daylilies, or hemerocallis, are wonderful shades of yellow, orange, and pink. The intense purple and blues of the iris beckons from afar.
Love the harbour in the background behind the flowers. The Merigomish Harbour provides a lot of moisture for the fields in summer, and an extremely harsh climate in winter, ensuring only the hardiest of daylilies for Alloa Farm:).
Iris bearded collection of 6 - 6 Plants

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


An old fashioned biennial accent plant reminiscent of heirloom gardens and the cottage garden, the hollyhock, alcea rosea, is a beautiful addition to the back of a sunny perennial border. Hollyhocks are short lived herbaceous biennials, however often remain in the flower garden due to the common occurrence of self sewn seedlings. I love the tissue paper texture of the beautiful hollyhock blooms, and the striking height of the plants, which usually range from 5 to 8 feet at maturity.

Starfish Bounty

common starfishLook at who we caught while fishing off the wharf last summer!
common starfishThe kids were amazed with what I believe is a common starfish, pulled out of the harbour at the Merigomish Marina.
starfishThe starfish was alive and mobile, and a curious creature to observe. The children were fascinated by his form, and his appearance made up for the lack of fish caught that day:).
catch and release starfishCaught and released. Package of 30 Real Starfish

Monday, March 21, 2011

Peonies~ A Little Piece Of Family History

This gorgeous peony flower is from last summers garden. This peony grows every year as it has for probably generations. Planted by grandparents or possibly great grandparents, it remains undisturbed to provide sustenance for the soul for all the generations that have followed. The children are proud of their heritage, right down to the beautiful plantings that continue to poke up through the soil year after year.

Antique Shed Doors

shed doorThese antique shed doors were recently removed from the daylily shed. Built several generations ago by my partners grandfather, they sparkled with intricate layers of peeling paint, and reminded me of large pieces of outdoor art.
horseshoeAn old rusty horseshoe hung on one of the doors.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


A view of the harbour through lilacs.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monkshood~ Aconitium Napellus

monks hood
Monkshood growing in my maritime garden. Although very beautiful,this is a highly toxic perennial plant. It is extremely poisonous and should absolutely NEVER be ingested. Even a small taste can be fatal. Monkshood can also be absorbed through the skin, and so handling should be done only with gloved hands. Since discovering the highly toxic nature of this plant, I have chosen to remove it from my garden. My children and pets roam the garden, and we will not be risking any accidental poisonings.

Fossil Hunting

Fossil hunting at Arisaig Provincial Park in Nova Scotia has become a yearly adventure for our family. I would highly recommend it as an exciting day trip for budding archeologists:). Our province is very rich in fossil sites. The kids always have a fantastic time, and it never fails to produce some fantastic treasures, and of course memories to cherish as well! We are so fortunate to live so close to such an amazing place.fossil hunting
fossil hunting
fossil hunting
fossil huntingFossil hunting ~ summer 2010.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fun On The Beach

The appeal of a buoy, an amazing new toy! Who would have thought that an old washed up buoy would be such a hit with the kids and dog alike?! Missing the fun of last summers frolics on the beach at Big Island Nova Scotia!buoy
nova scotia

Friday, March 4, 2011

Skeletonized Chinese Lanterns (Physalis Alkekengi)

chinese lanterns
chinese lanterns
chinese lanternsPhysalis alkekengi,or commonly known as Chinese Lantern, is a European perennial garden plant often grown for it's autumn fruit and colorful orange pods and is frequently used in flower arrangements in the fall. The pods or calyces which surround the fruit change from green to a brilliant red orange color when they are ripe . If left on the plant, the can become skeletonized, and provide a remarkable subject to photograph:).I find it interesting how the fruit or berry can be easily seen through the skeletonized Chinese Lantern pod.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Daylilies Are Our Passion

Here are a few of our seedlings from 2010.See His Glory x Fluff And Stuff
Winter Memories x Puffer Fish
Bordello Queen x Bass Gibson

Daylilies are our passion, and new daylily seedlings in the garden are our pride and joy. The feeling of anticipation when awaiting the opening of the fat daylily bud for the first time never gets old. Every day during daylily season there is always something new to see. How fortunate we are to have such a glorious passion!!!:)

Spring Is In The Air In Nova Scotia

Spring is in the air. Although the fields are laden with snow, the light of the day has changed and brings an air of anticipation for the new life that will burst from the ground in a few short months.

We live along the beautiful Merigomish Harbor in Nova Scotia. Corn grows in the fields right to the shore. Daylilies are our passion, and gradually the cornfields will be replaced by fields of daylilies. One by one the fields will be filled with our hybrid seedlings, and we will be able to share our dream with all those travelling along the beautiful Sunrise Trail.