Winter Projects Part 1

Winter Projects Part 1 Those pictures are from a few years ago. I want to see the garden looking like above, but this is what it looks like now: I've written about pruning your Hellebores several times before, so now I just want to amend the suggestions. Specifically, leave the foliage if you don't need... Continue Reading →

Before and After

Last week Facebook kindly reminded me of pictures I posted that date nine years earlier. They were pics of my garden. So I went out that day--fortunately a nice day for taking pictures, unlike every day since--and tried to capture the same angles. I'm not the greatest photographer in the world, and with 9 years... Continue Reading →

A Word About Concrete Patios

I had an inquiry the other day about a concrete patio--I was being asked to build one, which I don't do. But I did reply with questions she'd want to consider before committing to a design and a contractor. I've googled a bunch of images that illustrate dos and don'ts of concrete patios: Size One... Continue Reading →

A Word about Lighting

If you scroll down to the pictures of exterior lighting you'll assume that the reason any of us want lighting is to provide light--lots and lots of light. But as Richard V. Morse says in this article, light is a means to an end. You want to read, or you want to see the fish... Continue Reading →

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.

What is This??

Some Kind of Sedum? Somewhere I've got the tag for this but I'm not in the mood to search right now. (Maybe someone could help me with this??) For the meantime, just sit amazed at the perfection of these late season flowers! When planted, Aug 13: (you can tell the size of the plants by... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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