20 thoughts on “Winter –Gardening –Canada– Deepthie”

  1. My dear Deepthie, Thanks for sharing beauties of nature
    Correct me if I am wrong is it ‘red fox’ your winter visitor
    Majestic fellow, whatever it is listening to your narratives
    Even a fellow like me for wild beasts, now getting warmer

    Should admire your photographic skills and the tenacity
    Must be hard to focus on beasts when not in captivity
    Your talent in that department in our batch is legendary
    What an asset you are to us being an accomplished lady


  2. Dear 🦅D
    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos-of the snow ⛄️ ☃️☃️☃️☃️☃️☃️and the sly 🦊 fox. I love snow falls ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️especially before it goes all “slushy “ So far there has been snow only in Scotland but it is pretty cold here.Take care. Praxy


  3. Good morning Ariya and Praxy !
    Thanks for the comments , and Praxy I love your ‘ Digital Art ‘ !!
    I get quite the kick out of it – and many thanks for this visual delight !

    Winter Gardening – has two main features .
    1- winter snow blanket for the plants to over winter safely into the spring.
    Snow cover is very essential for survival – if not many plants would just die of frost and cold .
    I have already covered the Rhododendron bushes with burlap to prevent Winter Dessication .
    The rest of the garden will sleep under the snow blanket .
    so, we gardeners pray for snow !

    Hydrangia, roses, lavendar, Clematis – should be cut down ONLY in the Spring- to prevent early spring frost damage .
    The Hydrangia photo in the Fall Color set- Pee Gee Hydrangia- is white when it starts off in the summer and turns a lovely pink in the Fall .
    The winter temps go down to Minus 30 C deg sometimes , in Jan– through Feb, so snow cover is essential survival of plant root crown .
    The benefit of this extreme cold- kills all the bad bugs .
    Climate Change- with warming winters , is now preserving many bad bugs that are destroying many ever green trees like the pine trees and other deciduous trees .
    We have already been hit with a bad bug that is killing off the native beech trees .

    I love the winter- to see the white cover on the ground – takes away the gloom off the outdoors , and also enjoy looking at the many faces of the Frozen lake in January and enjoy watching people snow mobiling, skiing , walking on it .

    The Steaming lake – like a steaming kettle, photo taken when we had the first snow fall on nov 9th show how warm the lake is –
    It will freeze over by the 3rd week of Jan and then, it is time for the eagle in me, to pack up and fly south !
    2- Winter Interest ==some plants like Ornamental Grasses, seed heads of Echinesia, Rudbeckia, dried flower heads of Hydrangia – provide a very visual effect when there is a ‘snow cap’ on it .
    However- the intense cold is a bit too much for me, as I am getting older- so I run off to Sun ny Arizona .
    The Red Fox- my friend- was here for two winters . I dont know if it will return this year or early jan 2018 . Folks in the area have not seen them this year in the summer .
    Today- I will go bird watching at mid day – to see if the Snow Buntings have arrived and later in Dec/ early Jan- to see the Snowy Owls , when the temps dip to the minus ranges .

    I think, this is enough said- as septugenerians have a short attention span !
    Enjoy The Winter Wonderland from Eagle Country-
    eagle D


  4. Hi Deepthie, I have been following your comments on nature, gardening and indigenous customs.You certainly have the knack of portraying the essence of the moment in detail.Very enjoyable reading.Long may it continue.
    Here in New Zealand we are looking forward to the warmer weather of summer, when the New Zealand christmas tree will be in full bloom(,Metrosideros species,called “Pohutukawa” locally ).I still cannot understand why we are referred to as ” down under”.I am sure the map makers got it all wrong!!.A happy christmas to all of you and warm regards from sunny New Zealand.Eddie.


    1. Dear Eddie we would love to see the plants🌴🌴🌿🌿 and flowers 💐 🌹🌺🌷🥀 you have in your garden…. so give it a go. Praxy


    2. Good to hear from you Eddie !
      I am happy to know that my writings are being READ and enjoyed by folks so far away as New Zealand.
      NZ has a real soft spot in my soul- dont ask me why- perhaps I had another life there, in another time .. with the Maori people … ? I almost fell in love with the ocean front homes in Hokitika ! and anything and everything in South Island .
      I never refer to NZ as Down Under- it is Kiwi land !

      Anyway -I have book called Hundred Years of Gardening in New Zealand, that I bought from Christch I think, about 20 yrs ago .- -I will look for it and give it another whirl !

      I have a suggestion for you — like what Praxy said- why dont you send Sam, some nice p ics of flowers etc from where you live in Auckland for the Web Post ?
      I would just love to see what you have growing there .
      I have lots o f photos of different gardens- specially in Balclutha ( Dr Angie Wijetunge- now retired ) and Auckland, ( I stayed with some old school friends ) and Palmeston North ( Ahnainmugan’s place ) .
      I must go and turn the pages of those old albums, of the Kodak days, before Digital Magic took over the planet !
      Thanks again Eddie and keep wrting to the blog .
      Good wishes- eagledeepthie


  5. Thank you 🦅D for the wonderful account of the conditions important for plants to survive and for the bigs to depart. It must be a wonderful sight to watch the lake freeze and people use the lake for skiing ⛷ ⛷ . It is good that you have plans to escape the winter and depart 🇨🇦 for the warm climes of 🇺🇸 😊😊😊😊😊Cheers. Praxy


    1. The lake is now like the Indian Ocean during Mosoon time- wild and furious and very noisy . It will be mid jan , by the time it freezes .
      I will send you pics !
      eagled- loves your Digital Art !!


  6. Thanks for the lovely winter pictures , Deepthi. We have not had any snow as yet except in the the higher elevations. Thanks for the explanation of the snow falls and its significance to the plant life.

    I may add that snow replenishes the water table as it gets absorbed slowly into the ground.



    1. HI Nisantha- my joy at seeing the snow – alas — very short lived .
      The first one fell on the 9th nov and melted 2days .
      The second one – about 5 inches fell over night – sun- mon and will be gone tomorrow when the rains come .
      We NEED the snow cover, a good white blanket before the temps plunge to sub zero deg .
      The Plant Hardiness Zone for where I live is 4-5– I prefer 4- as I have bought plants suitable for zone 5 and they did not make it through the winter .
      Also- a good hint- buy LOCALLY grown plants as they are used to the local climate .
      I never buy plants grown in Niagara falls garden centres- as the zone out there is Zone 6 .
      Also- I am a great fan of Native Plants- low maintainence- less water requirements , pest hardy and tough as nails .
      As for more snow- means more water ! and I am all for WATER !
      Thanks for the comments- eagledgardener !


  7. Hi Praxy, I am waiting for my tree to bloom.It is usually about a few weeks before christmas. Shall send a pic when it does.I have seen other trees in town already in bloom.Regards. Eddie.


    1. HI Eddie- I found the book- “1000 Years of Gardening in New Zealand ” – by Helen Leach .

      I bought the book at the Dunedin Botanical Garden , when I was there in 1998 .

      It is all about Pre- European Contact period of Maori Gardening .– going back to 4000 years of Gardening in New Zealand .

      It is absolutely fascinating – with black and white sketches – much like our Native American Gardening methods – that have been taught to the Europeans when they came over here in the late 1400’s and early 1500’s .

      Where I live – there is a Provincial Park- called Awenda Park- and has Archeological evidence of human habtitation that goes back to 10, 000 years- with a flourishing agricultural settlements growing the Three Sisters- ie squash, Beans and Corn .
      The Legend of The Three Sisters- there were three sisters who were always quarreling with each other .
      So, the mother appealed to The Creator . to help her .
      The Creator- turned the youngest into a Corn plant, the middle one, into a Bean plant that will use the corn plant to climb up and the oldest one into a Squash plant- that will shade and shelter the seedlings of the beans and corn, from the sun, and with its big hairy leaves that are pest hardy –
      So, the Three Sisters learned to live in harmony and to help each other out at all times !!!
      We do have here a fine soup called Three Sisters Soup- that is an all time favourite among all of us, specially during the cold winter months – real ‘comfort food ‘ !
      Have a good Three Sisters Soup !!


  8. Hi Deepthi,

    As usual I get educated by you not only medicine but all other aspects of life too. It is interesting to note that so many of 64 folks are avid gardeners. I enjoyed your tips on the snow coverage . When are you leaving for Arizona?



    1. HI Rajes ! leave Feb 1st and return march 31 .
      You always told me- ‘ Idont need to travel- just sit by Deepthie’s lap top and look at her photos ‘ !
      Well, you have seen my garden- and you were there with me , when I harvesting Kale in a wheel barrow- !! as I had such a great big harvest that year- back in the 80’s.
      That was when people did not even know what kale was back then, and I was eating home grown kale mallung, and Iam still eating it- grown my son Shane- who is also an organic gardener and earns his living as A Gardener For The City of Toronto and a Master Gardner as well – – way, way better than is mother !!!!

      Indira and Ana- are also great gardeners- specially Ana- and I told her to send some pics of their garden 2000 km east of Ontario, in Newfoundland .
      Would be nice to see another garden in Canada, in another time zone, where the winters are a lot harsher , and growing season a bit shorter than it is in Ontario.

      Ana / Indira- I hope you are reading this !
      eagledgardener .


  9. Thank You all for the gardening stories. Deepthie,You seem to know more about gardening in New Zealand than I do. We live in the North Island , quite a different world to Dunedin, Hokitika and Palmerston North.Each has it’s own micro climate and hence the variation in vegetation.
    Your story of vines in relation to life in general has great value of learning to live with others.All “first peoples”i.e indigenous people, have stories inculcating morals and good behaviour by association with nature and natural phenomena..It did work in times gone by.
    Times have changed.I do not think Twitter and Facebook help but it keeps a president busy, but for morals ?
    BY the way, a young Australian school boy in the 70’s in a geography class when asked to draw the continents did so with New Zealand& Australia on top and asked the teacher, Why Not.! Brilliant.


    1. HI Eddie- thanks for your comments .
      I still live by the good teachings and principles of the ‘Old Timers’ and it has served me well- to get through tough times …
      I dont participate in social media- even my son who earns his living as an IT Consultant- stays away from it like the plague, for good reason !

      Now to Gardening in NZ- yes I was amazed at the climatic variation in the North and South Island , much like it is here in North America .
      Both Islands are just lovely – my son and Gf just returned from a 3 wk trip to both islands in NZ- and just loved it .
      Thanks to you- I dug out my old copy of Thousand Years of Gardening in NZ- giving a real true description of Pre European contact gardening by the First People of NZ and the Polynesian islands , from where they have supposed to have come to NZ a thousand years ago or so .
      Very Interesting !
      Thanks Eddie for your comments- I learned a lot !
      eagledeepthiegardenerincanada !


  10. I had some visitors from N.Z & we were busy – missed the above gossip on Deepthie’s winter gardening. We are lucky over here – No snow in costal Sydney & don’t have to worry about Snow blanket.
    Eddie, sometime back, we had a conversation on the Blog about ” Down Under”- We are on “Top of the world” if you turn the world map the other way . The opposite of Down Under is ? “Up Above” or what??


  11. Hey Seelan and Eddie !
    Love your discussion on being On Top of The World !!
    We almost relocated to NZ back in the 90’s then decided to continue living in Ontario- as ALL my family live here, including the three adult children , and now 3 grand kids .

    I still ‘day dream’ about NZ …

    Seelan– I must say- I found Australia too hot- had to cool off in a swimming pool at midnight in Wangaratta ( my bil Dr Stanley Rajapakse’s place back then ) , and then again, when I was visiting Brisbane in 1998 in March .
    I have turned into ‘something else ‘ now !
    Thanks for the participation on Winter Gardening !- I LOVE the Challenge !
    eagledgardener .


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