Winter Containers

Winter containers I've lately been looking at Pinterest "Winter containers", and unsurprisingly, a lot of pins are containers designed by Deborah Silver, of Detroit Garden Works. She has a distinctive personal style--you can always identify her designs when you see a page of google images. Here are a few examples:   So I decided to have … Continue reading Winter Containers

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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 September Colour

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