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 →

Plan Your Spring Garden Now

Here are a few design tips for your early spring garden. TIP #1–It’s all about BULBS! There are some things that bloom really early in the year– Witch hazel (Hamemellis) and some of the Rhodos in January, Sweet Box (Sarcococca) and Edgeworthia in February– but for simple delight, you can’t beat BULBS. Snowdrops (Galanthus) are earliest,… Continue Reading →

September Colour

September Colour I must confess to having a somewhat boring fall garden. The asters aren’t out yet, the rudbeckia have thinned out too much, and the echinacea is mostly in the back yard (altho’ if I ever get a moment to do some planting, there are three different echinacea varieties to go out into the… Continue Reading →

Hanging Herb Garden

I saw this on Hometalk:   The original post was on 3 Peppers. One important thing that wasn’t mentioned is lack of drainage. Clearly punching hole in the bottom of these cute pails will result in cute puddles of mud on the windowsill and floor, so I recommend not doing that. The author added rocks… Continue Reading →

Mosquito Prevention–5 Things

Mosquito Prevention–5 Things   I don’t get a lot of mosquitos where I live, in fact, several of my windows don’t even have screens on them. But I hate a mosquito bite as much as the next person, so I was interested  in a recent article about mosquito-repellant plants. Preventing an invasion, tho’, starts with knowing… Continue Reading →

Window Boxes–A Recipe

I was at a garden clinic on Saturday, where a couple asked about what they might plant in their window boxes. As I think more about it, I’d give them different advice now than I did on Saturday. Not that my advice was necessarily wrong, just not the best for what they actually wanted. Their window boxes… Continue Reading →

5 Tips for Tree Planting

More About Trees Since I posted a few days ago about planting trees this year, I’m reminded about how easy it is to plant a tree badly (and how easy to not do the wrong things and do the right things instead!). I’ve written about this before, and another here, but from a slightly different viewpoint,… Continue Reading →

Is This YOUR Time to Plant a Tree?

Is it time to plant a tree? Treekeepers is a program established recently (2013) to encourage Vancouverites and locals to plant trees. And their strategy is to almost give them away ($10 each!). Go to the website for details. According to  Steve Whysall in his column (Mar 24, 2014), the city of Vancouver planted 10,000 trees (just in Vancouver)… Continue Reading →

Roses Roses Roses

Roses Roses Roses Roses, Rhodos and Peonies were my first loves–at least my first plant loves. And they still rank really high on that scale. But whereas rhodos and peonies are pretty self-sufficient once you start them off right, roses will almost always need a little more management. It’s still “winter”, even tho’ most of… Continue Reading →

5 Design Tips–Pruning Small Trees

5 Design Tips–Pruning Small Trees We usually think the beauty of trees is either their foliage or their flowers. But let’s not forget structure, shape, limbs and bark. IMHO some of the most beautiful trees are the ones with interesting trunk or limb shape (such as this Acer dissectum from a previous post), or beautiful… Continue Reading →

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