January 19, 2017


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Been down and out for the better part of the week with a cold that quickly escalated to a UTI, now a fever. But alas, things are subsiding and one more day and I’ll be right as the rain outdoors. Now being sick tends to leave one with lots of time to themselves  – time to nap, time […] View full article →
September 20, 2016


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Today’s to come, send all my love to tomorrow.

In case you did not know me: I am quite keen on classifying and teaching botany while rafting down white water rapids. I hate traffic jams hence commute biped or drive my 72 VW around town AT or below the posted speed limit. I don’t play computer games (except for Skyrim – and even then […] View full article →

JULY 2016

First honey harvest of 2016 yielded almost 20L of honey from two honey supers off one hive. We have 8 hives so we'll have to wait and see what the total is! View full article →

Spring Check Up 2016: Flurries in May

Wednesday last in all the good weather we put the screened bottom boards on our hives, and added our honey supers as the bees have been loving this weather! Well, Canada being Canada, should have known that we’d still have to wait until Victoria Day to put our transplants in or to feed our ladies […] View full article →
May 15, 2016


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Web Black-out

We’ve been having some pretty serious internet wibbly wobbly timey whimey stuff happening here at Cottage Botanicals. I got a notification from a customer mid-April that they couldn’t access our site – aghast, it almost took a month going between service reps at our hosting server, then deciding to switch to a new host who […] View full article →

Buyer Beware: Buying Used Bee Equipment

Ah, spring is in the air and you are thinking of starting Beekeeping. We’re thrilled to hear this! It is such a  wonderful, relaxing and rewarding hobby. The nectar of the Gods! And, there is no better peace than sitting on the porch on a warm sunny, spring day with a cup of tea in […] View full article →

Lettuce be lovers, We’ll marry our fortunes together …

Valentine’s Day and Family Day are just around the corner and we couldn’t help but create these punny vegetable greeting cards! Oh how I love graphic design, vegetables and free stuff! Until February 15, 2016 I will have this cute set of 6 downloadable greeting cards available for FREE from Cottage Botanicals just because OLIVE YOU! Shameless […] View full article →

February Give Away!

Wharton Willie promised us 6 more weeks until spring so we got super excited and thought we’d give away a a beautiful veggie calendar each month (ie. I got bored after work one day and decided I’d graphic design it up). Roll on over to our main website for our February calendar celebrating Swiss Chard! Go here: February 2016 […] View full article →


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. (Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.) – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12   View full article →

A Forest of Opportunities

Our youth need to understand that there is a world beyond what they know, that there are places that are calm, safe and enjoyable. View full article →
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