Monthly Archives: June 2020

Grow big in small spaces I have a degree in Agriculture and a paved yard… the irony is not lost on me. I live an urban life and so my wide-open spaces are parks and my tiny little paved patio is my garden. But within my garden I have two apple trees, a blueberry bush, a cluster […]

Although they are commonplace in our gardens now it was only three decades ago that ornamental grasses first started to appear on garden centre shelves.  One of the very first varieties was Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum,’ also known as Purple Fountain Grass.  I distinctly remember receiving the first pots of these from a nursery in California […]

Zen and the Art of Water Features  “I was under the understanding there would be no math involved…” these were the words swarming through my head the first time I ever tried to tackle a water garden installation. Gallons per hour? (Aren’t we metric in Canada?) Flow rate? Have you checked the GPH delivery graph? […]

The Butterflies and the Bees (and a few Hummingbirds)  Who doesn’t love a pollinator? Some people with allergies might not at first share my sentiment but we owe them a lot. It’s estimated that one in every three bites of food you eat are made possible because of pollination. There are no tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, pumpkins (the list could […]

Roses, there is nothing more iconic in a garden. And it’s no secret why, they are pure colour and fragrance. But what does surprise me time and time again is how some people consider them difficult and fussy. That couldn’t be further from the truth.  To the new gardener, roses could seem overwhelming. They have inspired passionate study […]