Monthly Archives: August 2013

I anticipated that this week’s subject would be some beautiful and exotic flower I saw while biking on rail trails last week in Oregon. Alas, they have had a very dry summer in the Portland area, with a fraction of the normal rainfall. Although the scenery along the trails was beautiful, there wasn’t much flora […]

Sometimes plants can be almost completely unknown to even an enthusiast like me. You read about them and file them away in the back of your mind, and then one day you see a thriving specimen. The index file drawer labelled “plants” in your brain opens to the right card and instantly abstract becomes reality. […]

Many of us gardeners have a “go to” plant; a favourite that we use in the same location year after year because we know it thrives. If we are faced with a decision in another spot we’ll inevitably use the “go to” plant there too. Mom and Dad have a raised planter on the south […]

I’ve always been of the belief that if you’re going to have a garden, it should be interesting in multiple seasons, not just for a brief but furiously colourful period in spring and early summer. Hibiscus syriacus, aka Hardy or Shrub Hibiscus or the Rose-of-Sharon is a flowering shrub that can help to extend the […]