Author: Joan Cope


Joyful Gardener: Hello Fall!

A smile unconsciously forms as I begin to write, just in the thinking of the glorious season we call fall. Many perennials shine forth like bright jewels in resplendent colours.  Asters (Asteraceae), coneflowers (Echinacea), windflowers (Anenome) and black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) come to mind. Annuals too, are holding court in […]


Joyful Gardener: What to Do? What to Do?

Bedevilled by mostly dry, humid weather conditions all summer, plants and humans basically wilted.  This year for me was particularly challenging in keeping container plants alive, and my lawn green. Because I live right next to the lake, I am mindful of protecting our source of drinking water and keeping it […]


The Joyful Gardener: I Love a Mystery!

Campanula glomerata (clustered bellflower) from Botanica’s Pocket Gardening Encyclopedia How I love a good mystery! Be it an old Agatha Christie movie featuring Monsieur Hercule Poirot, or a riveting, who-done-it page turner, it’s fun playing detective as one follows a story, trying to discover tell-tale clues. I daresay, even the […]