Swiss frogs say it’s spring

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s the last day of March and the sun is working its way through the clouds to bring us a touch of spring. Just ask the local pond frogs, happy to sneak out for some sun before local gardeners go to work cleaning up.    

Garden cleanup time gives a gift of frogs

  This has been one tough winter, with snow so deep it buried several trees, including my nearly two-metre tall dwarft pear tree. Broken branches, trees bent to the ground, rosebushes in pieces on the ground: the damage has been great, and the budget will have to stretch to several replacement plants. But it’s not […]

Gloves on, cleanup list in hand, but spare the tadpoles

Two weeks of very unusually warm weather and, even in the mountains, we’re tempted to call it spring. My elderly neighbour, who has spent her life here and who remembers the weather from past years, like a good farmer, says we’re having August in April, “and that’s not normal!” she worries. I resisted the temptation […]

Birds, bees and frog spawn

An exceptionally long winter, with the garden buried for five months under nearly a metre of snow, has finally come to an end, and the garden has emerged. Unscathed – well, not quite. Broken branches had to be sawed off several bushes and trees, especially saddening on beautiful little Japanese maples, two of which now […]