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Mother Nature really has things figured out, doesn’t she? Bright colours dominate our gardens beginning in early spring; the forsythia, the early daffodils and crocus, perennial alyssum, Cornus mas and so many others have yellow blooms. The earlier tulips are mostly yellow, orange or red. After a grey and gloomy winter, nature’s blooms in early […]

Spring has flown by and who can believe that it’s already June? Our gardening season got off to another very early start; here are some musings on what has passed and predictions of what is still to come. I’m not sure of the exact cause but it could be the combination of a very hot […]

With the May long weekend looming it’s time to plant tomatoes and basil in the raised beds. Whenever I plant these two family favourites I’m thinking ahead to late summer, when the tomatoes are hanging ripe and heavy on the vines and the fragrance of the basil can be detected several feet away. Tutti bene, […]

What do the Toronto Blue Jays, grass stains on knees, the Montreal Expos and apple blossoms have in common? The common thread as Mother’s Day approaches is my Mom. Kids connect with their parents on many different levels but there’s always something that bonds past the obvious biological reality; something that we share with our […]

If you haven’t started tomato seeds indoors yet, it’s time to do so if you want them ready to set out into the garden before the end of May. I find the sheer variety of tomato varieties a delight, and for me leafing through the pages of a well-stocked seed catalogue while enjoying a cup […]

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 […]