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Kids ask great questions don’t they?  I remember my daughter and me finding a ladybug outside.  After singing the “ladybug song” she turned to me and asked “Daddy, what do ladybugs do in the winter?” After telling her the story of finding ladybugs by the thousands hibernating as adults under rocks near the summit of […]

There is no feeling like that of a new garden creator.  It’s a heady mix of power, deep satisfaction, humility when something goes wrong and joy when you see it eventually doing so well. If you’ve recently built or moved into a new home, or are just getting bit by the gardening bug, creating a […]

Webster’s Dictionary defines hybrid as “an offspring of genetically differing parents.”  One of their descriptions for standard reads “something set up as a rule for measuring or as a model to be followed.”  What does this have to do with gardening?  Flower and vegetable varieties are classified as hybrids or standards, and the differences between […]

While we freely admit that we are living in a paradise here in the Okanagan, things are far from perfect.  The midwinter grey skies arrived this week, with that persistent low cloud trapped in the valley bottom.  All is a shade of grey for those of us who don’t frequent the ski hills. If you […]

I’ve been known to complain sometimes about winter in the Okanagan (who doesn’t?), but I have to admit that this season can give the gardener an opportunity to notice some things that may go unnoticed during the other seasons. This only applies if you actually take the time to look around, and judging by the […]

I think that we all have a tendency to take our houseplants for granted much of the time, but it’s during the Christmas season that this neglect is most pronounced.  The Christmas tree takes centre stage, furniture is moved, dinners and parties mean extra space is needed, and any houseplants that are taking up that […]

Happy New Year to all of you, and let’s enjoy the rest of this winter, whatever it may bring, until our favourite season arrives.  Each year the Garden Media Group presents its Trends Report (sub-titled What’s in What’s Out) to garden writers and editors.  It’s a look ahead to what will be happening in gardens […]

Christmas is nearly upon us, and I saw a statistic in the weekend paper that nearly floored me.  Christmas spending in Canada will reach $20 billion this year.  All this because of a baby who was born in a cave where animals lived, to an impoverished family!  A subject much greater than gardening to be […]