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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 […]

At this time of the year the new catalogues are arriving at the garden centre and my fellow plant nerds and I are poring over the latest and greatest avalanche of new varieties of heucheras, echinaceas, hostas and hydrangeas. Man, it’s confusing! Why are there so many? Take hydrangeas for example. When I first started […]

I know the annuals are still looking spectacular and you’re hesitant to pull them out, but eventually it’s going to freeze and one morning those geraniums will be mounds of black mush. It’s a bit early to plant bulbs but it’s definitely not too early to be planning for the next phase in the garden […]

If you think that fall is a busy time in your garden you’re right. There is no shortage of chores that should be completed, and you probably don’t need me to list them out for you. With all of the tasks at hand, it’s good to know that pruning and fertilizing aren’t on the job […]

When you purchase a house you also receive, depending on the specifics of the arrangements you make with the previous owner, the garden. This can be extremely exciting or extremely daunting, depending on your point of view. I was privy to a situation this past week that was both! Picture this. Young couple with a […]

Interesting. We can all acknowledge that it’s been a very dry year in our valley but when you look at the rainfall totals for May, June and July they are actually only slightly below the amounts we normally receive. Timing is everything however. We got 2/3 of May’s total in one day, the Victoria Day […]