Monthly Archives: June 2013

You know you’re good when the Royal Horticultural Society chooses you as the “Plant of the Centenary” at the 100th edition of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. That was the honour bestowed on the perennial Geranium ‘Rozanne’ last month. Voters selected ‘Rozanne,’ introduced at Chelsea in 2000, from a shortlist of ten plants, one for […]

If you’ve ever stood in a grove of olive trees in a Mediterranean country like Italy you’ll know what I mean when I say there is truly something special about them. Olea europea has been cultivated for thousands of years and humans have been enjoying the oil for just as long. Alas, in Canada our […]

Because I pass by them every morning before I turn into the parking lot of the garden centre I tend to take this week’s plant, Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian, Jupiter’s Beard) for granted. Right now, however, they are looking quite wonderful, covered with rosy-red blooms. In a few weeks those blooms will begin to fade […]

I’ve been writing a garden column in one form or another for nearly a quarter century. It’s my mission to educate those who are interested in gardening about all aspects of our favourite pastime; whether it’s how to get rid of aphids, grow great garlic or make your poinsettia bloom again. One of my most […]