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Plant now to enjoy a bountiful harvest next summer The present global pandemic cloud we are living under has, for me at least, had a few silver linings and one such is the increase in people wanting to try their hand at growing their own food. Veggie gardening has exploded and to me that is […]

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 […]

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 […]

  Let’s be honest, we are going to be spending a lot more time at home this summer. So this spring let’s start something to create a space that will bring us joy all summer. If you haven’t already tried a hanging basket now is the time. If you have tried one before, stick with me, there […]

Let’s get pruning!   Pruning may be the most mysterious and misunderstood of all gardening skills.  Why do we need to prune?  Plants have been growing for a long time without any intervention from us!  If you remember that pruning will help the plant to be the best version of itself in your landscape; best […]

Ever wondered how to get your Orchid to re-bloom? For the most part, Orchids are easy to take care of but getting them to re-bloom can be tricky…one of the best ways to keep your orchid happy is to re-pot it. Most orchids are epiphytic, meaning they use tree trunks and branches to grow on. […]

Summer is in full swing and with it come some unwanted pests. Whether or not you are out gardening or simply trying to enjoy your outdoor space, chances are these days you are not alone (and we aren’t talking about your friends and family) Mosquitoes are out in full swing as well. Before you reach […]

Hey there summer gardeners! Now that August has arrived in the lower mainland, the time has come to start enjoying the fruits (and veggies!) of your labour, because now is the time when all your garden preparation from the past months is REALLY starting to pay off! At this time of year, there is plenty […]

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