Pumpkins in Texas!

Thanks to Garden Design Magazine for this amazing tribute to the lowly pumpkin. Actually we'll thank the Dallas Arboretum first, for their creativity. Follow the link here to see more pictures of the Pumpkin Village.

Persimmon Protection

Two years ago I harvested about 6 fruits --first harvest!--from my wonderful Persimmon (Fuyu-type) tree. Wonderful, not just because it produces exceptional fruit, but also because it's a beautiful tree at all times of the year--OK, maybe not so much in early spring before its late leaf-out, but every other time of the year. That... Continue Reading →

Great Shrubs

Great Shrubs I'm a fan of shrubs. I love the layering that they provide. You can find these woody-not-trees-plants in all shapes and sizes, all colours--well, most colours--, evergreen, deciduous, in-between... One thing about most shrubs, is that altho' they may tolerate pruning, few of them will thrive if you try to fit too large... Continue Reading →

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.

Lawn Management 2017

A Better Lawn There are a lot of issues involved in keeping a pretty lawn here in coastal BC. First of all, the explosion of European Chafer Beetle in the last 8 years has seen many lawns decimated as tho' someone had taken a rototiller to them. Next there's "summer dry" (can't call it "drought" when... Continue Reading →

Pruning

I'll be doing a quick tutorial on Spring pruning pretty soon, but had to throw this in for a chuckle.

Pruning Roses

I highly recommend Select Roses in Langley for Wet Coast-friendly rose selections. This weekend Mar 18-19 and Mar 25 2017) Brad Jalbert is doing a Rose Pruning session at the nursery, free-of-charge, just long enough to feel you've got useful information, but not so much that you're overwhelmed. This is what Brad says about rose pruning:... Continue Reading →

How to Prune Ornamental Grasses

How To--Ornamental Grasses I wanted to post this several weeks ago, but then we had another dump of snow (haven't heard the stats, but more snow this winter than I've experienced in my many years here on the Wet Coast!) But it's now seasonably warm, the ice all gone and most of the snow, so I got... Continue Reading →

Designing on Computer

I'm re-learning a landscape-based CAD program--Dynascape. I haven't decided what to do about colour--whether to hand colour or invest in the colour plug-in. In the meantime, I'm enjoying learning...

Ornamental Grass Wreaths

Ornamental Grass Wreaths For all you crafty people out there who also have ornamental grasses in your garden, I suggest you craft some wreaths or swags with the flowers/seed heads of your grasses. Do a Pinterest search for Wreaths Ornamental Grasses to get an idea of what to do with these: Or Or any of your... Continue Reading →

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