Dull Day in Feb

It's almost always a dull day in Feb, but unlike many "northern" places, and unlike last year, this dull Monday is mild, as has been the whole winter season. Hence, spring-ish garden pics--same plants I show you most years!: You can imagine how adaptable Sarcococca is: it's growing in never-amended soil, between concrete and asphalt,... 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 →

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 →

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