Margo Westaway

Making change in chaotic times

“When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.” Ethiopian proverb

How gardeners can survive the winter months

Aahh…. we can finally breathe again, now that the holidays are over and everyone has gone home and the kids are back in school

Hunkering down for the Christmas holidays

Wow – it’s winter already and now we can finally call it a wrap!

Maui offers fine feast for all a gardener’s senses

There’s nothing like taking off into the wild blue yonder, knowing you’re going to land in a warm, tropical paradise.

Celebrating fall leaves

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take – but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Encountering a gardener in disguise

Variety is the spice of life, along with all the interesting people that might come along during your day! Happy fall everyone.

A gardener going a bit squirrelly

It seems like it was just the other day when I was putting out the garden ornaments and the stinkbugs were moving out of the house

The battle of the blackberry patch

One of the many pleasures of the growing season is to munch on the wide variety of both garden and wild berries

Weathering the watering woes

In Des Kennedy’s funny book called Crazy About Gardening, his chapter on water begins like this…

Tapping into how trees adapt to the cold

To ward off the cold of winter, us humans bundle up with warm coats and hats, the birds puff out their feathers for thicker insulation

A gardener’s resolution for 2014

The word “heart” and “earth” are interchangeable and perhaps there’s a reason for it, or at least a message in it.

Flowers and plants colour our lives on many different levels

A Chinese proverb says: ‘When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.’

Christmas gifts from gardeners

Well, I guess winter has finally arrived and we can call it a wrap for the year

Hear the rustle? Then it’s time to hustle

When Jed from the Beverly Hillbillies discovered oil in his backyard, he had his version of black gold, Texas Tea

Try a variety of teas to please your garden

Wow – what a summer we all had with that big, blazing ball of fire out just about every day, which made it pretty hot

Honouring the flowers

One of my favorite sayings is: “Flowers are God’s way of laughing.”

The ins and outs of manures

Birdy, birdy in the sky, dropped some whitewash in my eye; I’m sure glad that cows don’t fly!

Ways of wrestling with weeds

Weeds — They’re here to greet us in early spring and they keep us busy until it snows again.

Don’t throw in the trowel

I’m sure one day I’ll be shipped off to the funny farm and it’s only a matter of time now.

The world from a gardener’s view

I’ve had some great opportunities to either hop on a plane to somewhere interesting off the continent, or do some amazing road trips