It’s Always Fun at the Harrow Fair

In CategoryAdventures of Greenhouse Mama, Child-Friendly Nature Projects, Grass Root Gardens NEWS, Ideas

Can you believe it?  This week-end The Harrow Fair is celebrating 157 years of agriculture, big zucchini’s and down home family fun!


The 157th Harrow Fair


“Busy Bees”




Thursday September 1st to

Sunday September 4th



Admission is $7.00 for adultsbee.oliviarobinson1

Children 12 and under are Free!

Weekend passes are available for $15.00





What is this plant?

In CategoryAdventures of Greenhouse Mama, Get it Growing, Wicked or Wonderful

I thought I knew a lot of plants by sight and I do, so when I discovered this plant growing behind the shed at my home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada I was taken with surprise. I first noticed its gorgeous purple-red stems and black berries arching towards the ground. Looking up a bit, I spied clusters of dainty white flowers dangling gently amid dark green broad-leaf foliage 4 to 5′ tall and wide.  Let me say this widened my curiosity even more!  Was this plant something wicked or something wonderful? Having looked a bit online and in the reference books I’ve yet to find my answer, but never say never. Heck its what GARDENING IS ALL ABOUT, opening one’s eyes, the quest to find the answer, nature’s treasure hunt!

So I’m off to find the answer, unless of course one of my readers has my answer. Until then..happy hunting.


The Day of the Emu

In CategoryAdventures of Greenhouse Mama

It was one of those rare sweet summer days in Windsor, Ontario where even though it was

extremely hot, the humidity was low. The display gardens at Grass Root Gardens were a buzz of

activity, July’s burst of flower colour nodded their approval delightfully at the beautiful

day. It was just one of those days where everything smiles. Garden Centres are naturally a

happy place, customers are excited to pick the perfect plant for that perfect garden spot

and I am just as eager to oblige. It was one of those days until I heard a pair of sun-

hatted women shout in unison, each oh raising an octave panic “Oh, oh, oh, your pet, your

pet!”  I don’t have a pet. The thought barely formed when two enormous

feathered emus came charging around the greenhouse towards me! Did I mention they were

enormous, and their gait though charging is not what you’d call normal.  Speedy for sure,

but in a bobbing, weaving way. Knees way up, head bobbing, running sideways, screaming emus

coming right at me and behind them two funny-hatted screaming women! Faster than Superman

those birds bobbed  and weaved their way north. Brushing off our astonishment and lifting

our jaws off the ground, we three women laughed and laughed. Emus are that funny!  Of

course we were concerned for the safety of our fair feathered visitors. Emus don’t live in

Windsor! Emus live in a zoo, or better yet their natural habitat Australia, not in a garden

centre in Canada! Our concerns were short lived. Two running men came to the rescue. Seems

their pet emus escaped. Pointing towards the bush I said, “they went that a way!” Its been

ten years since the day of the emu, I have no idea of their fate, hopefully they were

rescued and loved. One thing is absolute, I never forgot them.




Interesting Emu Facts

The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest bird native to Australia. It is also the

second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its relative, the ostrich.


The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. They

have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot

and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time. Their long

legs allow them to take strides of up to 275 centimetres (9.02 ft).


Emus have a nail on their toes, akin to a knife, which is used in kicking away predators

and opponent Emus. Their legs are among the strongest of any animals, allowing them to rip

metal wire fences.


Male Emus do most of the incubating and nurturing of their offspring.


Emus are farmed for their meat, oil, and leather. (Say its not so)


Having researched the interesting facts about Emus on Wikipedia for my post, I am glad for my ignorance regarding their legs of steel. Ouch!

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