Spring is here, the tulips are blooming (and being eaten by rabbits in my garden), and the daffodils have seen better days. It’s also a time for planting trees and getting ready for spring and summer festivals around town. So much to do, and so little time. You really need to start planning and prioritizing now so that you don’t miss out on what’s important to you.


The City of Ottawa Tree Program is now accepting registrations for fall 2008 trees. We registered last fall for this spring and will be planting our new addition in a couple of weeks. Really think hard about the size of your tree and where you’ll plant it. We should have chosen a small tree, and I’m hoping I can change it once we get there. If you don’t have space in your own garden you can suggest a tree for a public space or help plant community trees.


Westfest is back again this year, and still free! An extra two days, starting June 11 and running to the 15.This year’s theme is “A Celebration of Canadian Aboriginal Women in Music”.

Don’t forget Bluesfest either. That’s coming sooner than you think as well. And with so many performers, you’ll need to spend a weekend working out who to see on what day and figuring out whether you should get the passport for the whole event. We did last year, and it was a blast. A bit of a challenge making it to work every  day, but ….. worth it.  The Hintonburg Tulip Festival is taking place at the Parkdale Park this Saturday, May 10, from noon to 4 p.m. It will include face-painting, demonstrations, rides, plant exchange (10am until noon) and more.

Pics to come.