Propagating Your Favourite Shrubs

I read an article the other day about propagating shrubs from  softwood cuttings, which inspired me to have a go. I have two Sambucus nigras-- a 'Black Lace' and a 'Black Beauty'. The 'Black Beauty' has been wonderful--dark foliage, a lovely shape, and beautiful umbrella-like pink flowers in the late spring. 'Black Lace' should be the... Continue Reading →

Great Gardening Books

Oh dear, I fell like RLGS is turning into an Ad Agency. Today I got an e-newsletter from North Coast Gardening about some Kindle books that Amazon has on sale. So of course I checked them out, and within a minute I was the proud owner of another Tracy DiSabato-Aust book, "The Well-Tended Perennial Garden".  I already... Continue Reading →

“Details” Pinterest Board

    I've been adding to  a new Pinterest Board I've called "Details"--pictures I've taken on my walks of interesting gardens or garden features. E.g. above is a picture of a tall narrow house on a very narrow lot with a Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Green Arrow'. I like the fit, the look, and the balance with the... Continue Reading →

Retro-Fit Garden Rooms

Retro-Fit Garden Rooms "The way you view a garden is basically the route your eyes take as you look at it. If you try to take in the whole garden with one glance, chances are it’s going to be quite boring. Ideally, you want to be able to go from one point of interest to... Continue Reading →

5 Favourite Hedges

Favourite Things--Hedges I'm not generally a big fan of closing in a property with ultra-privacy screening. Tall fences, dense cedars and laurels--as we've seen before, they just say "KEEP OUT". I prefer the "come on in and have a look" style of garden design. Having said that, hedging isn't always a bad thing even for... Continue Reading →

Rain Gardens–Part 1

Rain Gardens--Part 1 I've been reading up on Rain Gardens--timely, in view of the amount of rain we've had here in coastal BC the last two days! A Rain Garden is a planted area designed to collect and gradually discharge storm water back into the ground. The areas from which storm water is collected include... Continue Reading →

Where To Look For Ideas–Houzz

I often look to Houzz for ideas when I'm creating a design or just thinking about a type of property. Since I'm in an urban setting, most of our local properties are less than 8,000 s.f.Here then is my Houzz Ideabook on "Small Back Yards"--amazing things that you can build into very small spaces. Most... Continue Reading →

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