Gardening

Throwing Shade  Shade, it has become a bad word. Throwing shade is a disparaging term in the common vernacular, but in the heat of summer I can’t think of anything better than finding an excuse to retreat into the shade.  I am a shade person; I seek it out. When my friends are looking for a sunny spot […]

Fall and Winter Veggies – Starting Now!  I have a degree in Agriculture and thus far have been completely unable to grow watermelon radishes. It’s so embarrassing. Just in case you are not familiar with watermelon radishes they are a radish with a rosy pink centre surrounded by a thin outer layer of white and then hint of green. When you slice them, you can […]

Xeriscaping Xeriscaping? My friends give me a hard time because I use the Latin names for plants! I’ll likely be teased unmercifully for using the word Xeriscaping, which quite simply refers to landscaping or gardening practices that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. Despite the fact that we live in a Rainforest here on […]

Susan, Shasta and the Coneheads  I know, it’s a bit silly and it sounds like the name of a 60s rock band… but it’s what pops into my head when I think of the glory of summer daisies. Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia sp.), Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) and my personal favourite the “not-just-purple” coneflowers (Echinacea sp.) really are a necessity in the […]

Growing and Caring for Hydrangeas “You gotta love a hydrangea.” A stalwart of the garden, they can be found everywhere. Perhaps it’s their “vintage charm,” evocative of an English country garden. Or perhaps it’s because they are just so dead easy to grow and reward you yearly with flowers that can range from big, bold and colourful, to […]

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 […]

Lavender LOVE   I’m going to let you in on a gardening secret… if you want to look like a super-green-thumb garden superstar but you don’t really want to work too hard at it, plant lavender. Okay, I might be a bit biased because lavender is a bit of a “thing” in my life, like […]

Cocktail Hour in the Garden  When you think of fresh grown herbs the first thought is of cooking, but adding a little green into your glass is something you should consider. Using herbs to liven up a cocktail (both alcoholic and non) is something everyone should try. It can be as simple as popping a sprig of […]