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 Dull Day in Feb

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The Do’s and Don’t’s of Groundcovers

Lots of plants are designated as "ground cover", because they do in fact cover the ground. If the whole object is to prevent weeds from falling on the soil and germinating, almost anything dense will do. But my own definition is limited to plants that are essentially living mulch (and you all know how much I … Continue reading The Do’s and Don’t’s of Groundcovers

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 Window Boxes–A Recipe

Planning Your Wildlife Garden (cont’d.)

Last month I covered the basics of planning your wildlife garden: Water. Food. Shelter. Don't use pesticides. Do plant some natives (NatureScapeBC.ca is a great resource)--here's a short list of natives for various garden sites. Include a wide variety of plants--flowers, deciduous and evergreen shrubs, ornamental grasses, but enough of all to actually make a statement. … Continue reading Planning Your Wildlife Garden (cont’d.)