First of the Year

  In the past I've just nipped off Hellebore blossoms and floated them in a bowl. Pretty, but today I went foraging in my garden. (Can I call it "foraging" if I'm not collecting food?)

More Winter Interest

More Winter Interest This time of year there are lots of blog posts about having multi-season interest, and especially Winter interest, in your garden. I love THIS from The Gardener's Eden. Beautiful colour, strong contrast, everything you could want to take your mind off the bone shattering cold. Or from Monrovia's Top 7 Garden Trends for... Continue Reading →

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 →

Mid-Winter Blooms

On the infrequent dry winter days here on the Wet Coast, I have to go outside to see what's new in the garden. When you're planning your garden makeover, be sure to include winter-interest items.  

Winter Planter

This client's front garden was designed to have a large planter in the centre of a flagstone spiral. But finding the right container took us longer than anticipated, and in the meantime she saw a winter-decorated planter that she loved. So this is what we created, using the original planting plan, modified. Ingredients: Bowl shaped... Continue Reading →

Winter Interest, Part 2

Winter interest part 2 I mentioned in the previous post that ways to create winter interest in our garden is to "think of the aspects to the garden that you like through the rest of the year, and then find winter tolerant providers-- texture, colour, movement, smell". So a quick note on "movement". Wind causing movement... Continue Reading →

Winter Blooms

Winter Blooms For the last few days I've had a surprise every time I step out the front door or return to the front door. An unexpected fragrance wafts up from somewhere, and I look around to see what it is. In fact the first day I smelled it--probably one week ago-- it didn't even... Continue Reading →

The Winter Garden

This post is all about appreciating the winter garden. I read an interesting article today on one of my favourite blogs, Garden Rant, entitled "The Myth of Winter Interest". Now, far be in from me to dispute anything written by the esteemed Ranter Elizabeth Licata, so I'll just express here a different perspective. I LOVE to watch... Continue Reading →

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