Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Martin John Book launch with Anakana Schofield

Hi Friends,

I'm thrilled that my friend Anakana Schofield's novel Martin John has been nominated for the Giller Prize. Woot! She is touring this fall and the Vancouver launch is right in our neighbourhood. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Comes to the Bee Garden

Late-blooming perennials can provide important food for bees.

I like the way this gardener has layered and interplanted some great pollinator-friendly plants, including garlic chives, savory, and sedum.

This plumbago is my new favorite, after seeing giant bumblebee queens foraging in it in the Xeriscape garden in Summerland.

 Look at the crazy blossom morphology of this bluebeard blossom!

Before you pull all those oxalis plants from your garden, think about the last sips of nectar these little bees will take before their life cycle ends. And look at the lovely symmetry of the leaves.