Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
The textbooks tell us that Magnolias should not survive Ottawa's harsh winters, but here in the Glebe neighbourhood with the sheltered near courtyard conditions there are a couple of dozen beautiful specimens.
This little magnolia tree was surrounded by overgrown volunteer trees when we purchased this home 5 years ago. It was quite misshapen from the shading of another tree very close by. We removed the scrub around it and now it is a specimen tree - the star of the rear garden. It has filled in nicely and rewards us with white blossoms every spring.
Saturday, 18 August 2012
The trees in the foreground are old Silver Maples which were disfigured by ice storm damage several years ago, and which are in decline. Silver Maple are an excellent choice for this open parkland with moist soils.
Most of the tree guards on Bank Street are simple pickets. We designed special panels to give them stronger contextual identity, but apparently someone decided to delete those elements. The one in the sketch was designed by Tim Desclouds, the project artist and fabricated by Mike Milligan.
It is located on Clemow, just east of Bank Street and incorporated the thematic chair which is the common aspect of all the sculptures.
The tree is a Liberty Elm. This is a hybrid elm which is resistant to Dutch Elm disease and was selected for it's eventual vase like form and heritage character as elms were once the dominant street trees of Ontario main streets.
Sunday, 12 August 2012
The name comes from the magnificent grove of towering Red Pine trees where most of the cabins are located. The building in the sketch is the dinning hall.
Saturday, 4 August 2012
This was the view to Brooklyn from our window.
Several hundred oak trees have been planted and one Pear tree. This is the survivor tree. It was discovered as a 9 foot tall stump as the site was being cleaned up and transplanted to a city park for a few years in the hopes it would recover. It came back remarkably well and has been returned to the memorial site.
Friday, 3 August 2012
The French and Spanish lineage is so very strong in the French Quarter of the city, that I expected people to be speaking another language.
Balconies were were pervasive on the larger buildings and the smaller homes all had shutters. Many of them had delightful courtyards , some with pools which you could peak into through the gates.