Named After My Wife Linda
in the spring
am a retired professor from the University of Toronto where I taught organic
chemistry; courses rarely loved and often dreaded by undergraduate students.
I live on a 10-acre property just outside the city of Guelph, located about
50 km west of Toronto. I plant aboout 1200 seedlings a year and focus on brightly-coloured
flowers, especially reds, purples and yellows. Of late my focus has been on
toothy flowers. I try to keep my garden to a size that allows me to water and
weed by hand as needed. I make my own compost out of leaves and grass, occasionally
supplemented with horse and Ilama manure. I also vermicompost so that I can
continue to compost during the winter. I use my greenhouse primarily to make
seeds in the winter and I shut it down during the summer. My wife, my high school
sweetheart, is completely uninterested in gardening, a bonus for our relationship.