Monthly Archives: November 2012

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) for two reasons. There was an enormous plant that was easily 20 feet tall in the greenhouse at the first job I had growing plants commercially. I did some research and found out that in the wild on Norfolk Island in the […]

There are plants that are very demanding of the time, skill and patience of the gardener, especially if one is attempting to coax them into blooming and/or producing fruit. There’s nothing wrong with it, and I admire those who display the above qualities and are successful. But, there are plants that anyone can grow, plants […]

Forgive me for starting off with “When I was a kid” but when I was a kid our entertainment options were somewhat more limited than they are for today’s children. In the one channel universe of the 1960’s we had to make our own fun and thanks to Mom we learned about the entertainment value […]

When I was growing up my parents would always look at the late summer berries on the Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash) trees in Summerland and tell me that it was going to be a cold or a mild winter based on the number of berries on the trees. A heavy crop of the orange berries […]