Monthly Archives: March 2013

I like a well-grown and maintained cedar hedge as much as the next guy. Evergreen hedges are living fences and much more. They provide a windbreak, a noise barrier and a psychological screen from the world on the other side. But, as many of you are no doubt aware, Thuja occidentalis (Eastern White Cedar) look […]

There are thousands of species and hybrid rhododendrons growing around the world in conditions ranging from the Himalayas to your garden. Because of our colder and often dry winters we are able to grow only the hardiest varieties. My very favourite rhododendron has always been ‘PJM.’ Not only is it hardy to around -30 deg. […]

Most of us have “inherited” houseplants from friends or relatives at some point in the past. Years ago my mother-in-law asked me to take her Dieffenbachia off her hands as it was getting too large for their living room. Well, in the few years I had it I twice had to cut it down as […]

When I worked in a commercial greenhouse in Richmond, BC many years ago I always looked forward to one particular job. We grew a crop of primroses (primula) in four inch pots that occupied two cold frame greenhouses. It might have been the middle of January, with rain falling almost daily from leaden-grey skies but […]