The Goodness Ratio

I've stolen that expression from Darcy at egardengo¬†and I hope he won't sue me for copyright infringement. The principle goes like this: the more valuable space a plant occupies in your garden, the more it has to perform for you and the less you should tolerate its shortcomings. For example: Here is the exquisite Rosemary … Continue reading The Goodness Ratio

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Ex-Bearded Iris Garden

Irises The year I moved into this house I got irises from various friends. I thought I loved Iris, especially Bearded Iris, with their spectacular colours and falls and beards. Because they're so hardy, and drought tolerant, and need virtually nothing in the way of care, I planted them--more like "placed" them, since they don't … Continue reading Ex-Bearded Iris Garden

Location Location Location

This stunning Japanese Maple at the Bob Prittie Library (Burnaby) looks better right now than almost any other time of the year. Yes, the fringe of red leaves and the lake underneath contribute. But even more than that is the blackness of the bark and the structure of the tree--now visible without leaves. Key to … Continue reading Location Location Location

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

It's been way too long since I last wrote a blog post, so I'm going to ease back into it slowly. With this: I was at the Nursery looking for who knows what when I spied this amazing specimen. It's Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide', a fall-winter blooming camellia, which, like most camellias, really likes our climate. … Continue reading Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’