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 Winter Blooms

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Garden Thugs: Daphne laureola

Daphne Laureola A couple years ago I was walking over to a friend's house when I was arrested by the fragrance coming from a lovely compact shrub along the sidewalk. It took me a while to discover that it was Daphne laureola (Spurge Laurel)--which didn't surprise me, because my experience with Daphne so far is … Continue reading Garden Thugs: Daphne laureola

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.)

Fragrance in the Garden

I'm sitting here in the living room doing some computer work, and intermittently something distracts me. I've just realized it's fragrance! I went outside an hour ago just to get some air, and was drawn into the garden by the scent of the Daphne odora, across from the front steps. Beside the front steps is Skimmia japonica, and … Continue reading Fragrance in the Garden