Facebook can be a fascinating social media tool or a complete time waster. For every video of cats and dogs doing unusual things together and apart there is a photograph or an essay that really resonates. I belong to a group that circulates photographs and memories of growing up in Summerland. Last week there was […]

I admit that I share the predominantly male affliction of being a somewhat last-minute Christmas shopper. Not the December 24 convenience store type, but December is a busy month in the garden centre, and it’s hard to find time to shop when you’re busy ensuring that your guests have just the right Christmas tree to […]

It’s poinsettia season and they’re for sale in all sorts of outlets; drug stores, grocery stores, hardware stores, department stores and big box stores. Oh, and you can find them at garden centres and flower shops too! Growing poinsettias isn’t easy. For a commercial greenhouse grower it’s not like seeding flats of marigolds, or even […]

It’s a happy coincidence that some of the most vividly coloured blooms are associated with flowering plants that we typically grow indoors during the winter seasons. Poinsettias spring to mind immediately of course but there are others. The cyclamen combines striking colours with unique blooms to make us forget about the fact that the ground […]

Eventually all gardeners have to face the truth; it’s over. The outdoor gardening season that is. Take a look out your window. Is there any colour left, save for the green lawn and the brown leaves? Who wants to garden when the wind gusts to 70 km/h? Fortunately gardening doesn’t stop when November arrives, it […]

Early November usually finds me in the garden on successive Mondays, chipping away at chores that fall into two categories. There are those that need to be completed before the hard frost arrives; draining the outside irrigation line that runs up onto our deck so the frost doesn’t explode it, moving the fig tree and […]

The horticultural term ‘broadleaf evergreen’ refers to a group of plants that don’t have needles like conifers, and keep their foliage through the winter months. Rhododendrons, boxwood, pyracantha and holly are well-known examples in our landscapes of broadleaf evergreens. Although we can grow a number of these plants in the Okanagan there are some restrictions. […]

We have lived in our current house since 1992. In that time we’ve remodeled, repainted, revised and repurposed virtually every square foot, sometimes more than once. We’ve had a new roof put on and we’ve expanded our deck. Change is the only constant, as the saying goes. It’s a similar story in the garden. I’m […]

Every garden should include spring flowering bulbs like tulips and daffodils; they’re definitely worth waiting for after a long winter. The big mass plantings of these two favourites are certainly impressive, but you don’t have to plant hundreds of them to have a fabulous show of colour. Even a grouping of five will be sufficient. […]

This weekend many of us will sit down with family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving together. I’ve always maintained that in Canada we have so much to be thankful for that we have become masters at coming up with things to complain about! Weather, governments, bad drivers, our neighbours to the south; we are very […]