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Garden Gate: Episode 207 – Photography tips (Jan 15, 2021)

It’s fun to watch the birds but it’s also great to be able to photograph them to share with friends and family. Cell phones are ok, but having a good camera with an additional zoom lens makes your pictures even more interesting. My go to camera shop is Peterborough Photo in downtown Peterborough. The staff […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 206 – Feeding birds in the winter (Jan. 1st, 2021)

Hulled peanuts, hulled sunflower seeds, suet are the perfect food to offer at this time of year. Whether you spread a bit of suet on some tree bark or offer it in a feeder, there are all kinds of options! Check out this episode for more information. Thank you to Tanya Jones for the use […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 205 – McIntosh mugs (Dec. 18th, 2020)

We’ve carried this line of tea cups and coffee mugs for many years. They are very popular gifts that are beautifully packaged. Tall grande mugs are available singly, other tea cups in sets of two and also sets of four. Many designs include our Canadian artists from The Group of Seven. Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 204 – Christmas gift ideas (Dec. 4, 2020)

We have so many beautiful gifts in the shop it’s hard to narrow it down to 2 minutes! Beautiful hand made ornaments, tea cups and mugs. Aprons, oven mitts. Pewter from Nova Scotia. We carry a lot of Canadian made items and also support many Canadian and local artists. Always worth a trip to the […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 203-Puzzles, Puzzles and more Puzzles! (Nov. 20, 2020)

This crazy year had brought us all back to the basics. Including puzzles!  We’ve been challenged to find unique beautiful quality puzzles. And we think we have some very nice ones! Currently we have 4 lines of puzzles. Pomegranate, Galison, Algonquin and the most recent addition from Indigenous collection. Get through those long winter nights […]

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Why aren’t the birds using my new feeder?

New feeders, pole systems, and baffles to keep squirrels away? Check! New, fresh, high-quality bird seed? Check! Binoculars, identification guide, and excited anticipation about all the birds you’re going to see? Check! Birds? … insert cricket sounds here … So what’s up with that? There are plenty of reasons why there aren’t any birds coming […]

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Ever heard of a Pine Grosbeak or a Bohemian Waxwing?

Last month’s blog post talked about the arrival this winter of Evening Grosbeaks. Another grosbeak, the Pine Grosbeak, is also showing up, which is exciting, because these large, beautiful finches rarely come this far south. If I recall, the only time I’ve ever seen Pine Grosbeaks was in the Hudson Bay Lowlands during the breeding […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 202 – Compare the quality (Nov. 6th, 2020)

Customers often talk about the price of bird food when they should be considering the QUALITY! On this episode I dissect a bag of box store bird food. Even I was shocked at how poor the quality was. Birds don’t eat wheat or milo which is in high quantities in box store mixes. Even the […]

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Seen any Evening Grosbeaks yet?

Not all bird species fly south for the winter, and not all of those that do come as far as Peterborough. Last year was what was called an “irruption year” for birds. Many bird species, such as Pine Siskins, the 2 redpoll species, and Bohemian Waxwings came here in greater numbers than in a typical […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 201 – Pottery art by Richard Mund (Oct. 23rd, 2020)

I first met Richard Mund at the Peterborough Garden Show when his beautiful pottery stopped me in my tracks! His style is free and colourful–exactly what I love! We now carry his plant nannies, soap dishes and flower frogs. Learn more about these on this episode.

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