Pollinator Garden

It's been so long since I posted here, I'll have to ease back into it gently. So here's a little video of one of my favourite shrubs--Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Victoria'. If you're looking for an evergreen, low-maintenance, honey bee and other pollinator attractor, you couldn't do better.

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The Battle for Your Lawn

I just read this in Friday's Burnaby Now: "Burnaby Subsidizing Pricey Bug Packages". Isn't that a great heading? Even I, who has lawns on the brain, having just finished a new project with lawn in the front and the back, and having ripped up my front grass for reasons that will become apparent, didn't clue in … Continue reading The Battle for Your Lawn

Bee “Arrival Sequence”

"Arrival Sequence" is an expression used by some designers (not me I'm afraid, I'm far to common for that) to refer to the approach to your house--how you get there, what you see as you're getting there, and what you see and experience once you're there. That's my artsy way of introducing this bee. This is … Continue reading Bee “Arrival Sequence”

Mosquito Prevention–5 Things

Mosquito Prevention--5 Things   I don't get a lot of mosquitos where I live, in fact, several of my windows don't even have screens on them. But I hate a mosquito bite as much as the next person, so I was interested  in a recent article about mosquito-repellant plants. Preventing an invasion, tho', starts with knowing … Continue reading Mosquito Prevention–5 Things

Ways to Keep Your Garden Looking Great

Steve Whysall (Vancouver Sun gardening columnist) wrote a great article in Friday's paper entitled Six Ways To Keep Your Garden Looking Great. He interviewed Egan Davis, the chief instructor of the Horticultural Training Program at the University of B.C. Botanical Garden, but formerly at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, and one of my Master Gardener instructors. So I'm … Continue reading Ways to Keep Your Garden Looking Great