Monthly Archives: May 2012

Pity the poor gardener when it comes to the geranium. There are seed geraniums and zonal geraniums. There are Martha Washingtons and Regal geraniums. And all of these aren’t geraniums at all! Botanically they’re actually pelargoniums. The real geraniums are perennials! Confused? Don’t worry too much about it. Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’ is an excellent […]

Dianthus ‘Firewitch’ Although their clove-like scent makes me think of past toothaches (thanks clove oil) the “Cheddar Pinks” group of the dianthus family offers several excellent perennials for the garden. Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’ or ‘Firewitch’ was the Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the Year back in 2006 for good reason. In May it is covered […]

Lilac (Syringa)-Flowering Shrub Lilacs are blooming in communities throughout the valley right now-their heavenly fragrance wafting through the warm early evening air. I love lilacs for a host of reasons. They remind me of walking to school with my two younger brothers, passing a long hedge of them and stopping several times to breath in […]

Two things I miss about spring in the Vancouver area, where I worked in a garden centre for a few years before making the move back to paradise, aka the Okanagan; the streets lined with flowering cherry trees and the gardens filled with evergreen azaleas in full bloom. The colours of the azaleas were so […]

Two things I miss about spring in the Vancouver area, where I worked in a garden centre for a few years before making the move back to paradise, aka the Okanagan; the streets lined with flowering cherry trees and the gardens filled with evergreen azaleas in full bloom. The colours of the azaleas were so […]