Feed the hummingbirds

We love to hang bright red feeders to welcome the hummingbirds when they arrive in May. But without flowers in bloom, how would they feed themselves without our help? The yellow-bellied sapsucker keeps them fed. You may not have seen sapsuckers – you may even have thought the name was just a joke used in […]

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Growing a shoreline

No matter how big your property, the Ribbon of Life is the most important part. That’s the nickname for the riparian zone, the strip of land that’s right along the edge of the water. This is the most diverse area of your property, a spot that’s vital to the lives of birds, animals, insects, and […]

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Gorgeous grasses

It’s got texture and shape and it looks wonderful in just about any garden. When clients ask us about planting ornamental grasses, one of the first plants we look at is Miscanthus. Of course, that’s a bit like saying “one of the trees we look at is the willow.” Both Mischanthus and Willow are terms […]

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Three step ribs

Barbecue fans will endlessly debate the merits of rubs, marinades and sauces when it comes to ribs. That’s not surprising, because serious barbecue fans will debate just about every aspect of the craft. Anyone who has travelled in the southern US knows that barbecue is taken very seriously there. There are regional variations – ribs […]

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May events 2018

Friday Nights Under the Lights Friday, May 18. Mini-putt on a lit course, this and every Friday night in summer. To launch the season enjoy a special rate of $5 a player from 3 p.m. to midnight at Muskoka Minigolf in Bracebridge Muskoka 2-4 Craft beer Festival Saturday, May 19. Enjoy some of the best […]

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Welcoming the arrivals

We tend to think of spring migration as something that happens once the snow and ice are gone: everyone gets excited about seeing the first robin of spring. But in fact, the migrants began showing up nearly two months ago, and many more will remain south of the border long after the robins have arrived. […]

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Plant of the year

Every creative area has its own awards: the Oscars, the Junos, and the Grammies are all fun to watch. The PPA Plant of the Year awards aren’t quite as well known, but those of us in the business still tune in to see which plant the Perennial Plant Association will name as the year’s best […]

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Early season boating

Spring is in the air, and boaters are starting to get enthusiastic. Keen anglers will already be getting their power boats out of winter storage, bundling up and heading out on the lake in pursuit of spring trout or pike. Most of the rest of us wait until the air and water are a bit […]

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Maple syrup and hot sauce

If you’ve spent any time in the American south, you’ve undoubtedly tasted fried chicken and waffles. The dish can be bland and boring when done badly: if all you’ve ever had is motel restaurant chicken and waffles, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. But when it’s right, it’s superb. The crispy […]

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April events 2018

Muskoka Maple Trail To April 20. The Trail is a collection of 30+ of Muskoka’s top maple experiences, from sugar bush tours and pancake breakfasts, to maple beer and maple butter tarts. Now with the official Muskoka Maple Trail road map, you can build your own maple adventure and turn a regular Spring day into […]

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