Tag Archives: gardening

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 […]

Perfect Time to Plant a Tree… or Shrub  There is an old saying that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, but the second-best time to plant a tree is today. I would go one step further and say the best time to plant a tree is in the fall, and for that […]

Worth the Wait  I read recently that patience is a dying virtue. In our modern world everything is available almost instantaneously at the push of a button, from movies to music to toilet paper delivered to your door. According to expert sources we need to incorporate ways to foster patience into our daily life, we […]

Early Fall Colour, For the Love of Red, Yellow and Orange  Colour is such a personal thing. I think of myself as a very blue/green person, but my son loves everything red and orange. The only time we can agree over colour is in the Fall. I throw out my preconceived notions of colour preference and bask in the glory of […]

Throwing Shade  Shade, it has become a bad word. Throwing shade is a disparaging term in the common vernacular, but in the heat of summer I can’t think of anything better than finding an excuse to retreat into the shade.  I am a shade person; I seek it out. When my friends are looking for a sunny spot […]

Fall and Winter Veggies – Starting Now!  I have a degree in Agriculture and thus far have been completely unable to grow watermelon radishes. It’s so embarrassing. Just in case you are not familiar with watermelon radishes they are a radish with a rosy pink centre surrounded by a thin outer layer of white and then hint of green. When you slice them, you can […]

Xeriscaping Xeriscaping? My friends give me a hard time because I use the Latin names for plants! I’ll likely be teased unmercifully for using the word Xeriscaping, which quite simply refers to landscaping or gardening practices that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. Despite the fact that we live in a Rainforest here on […]

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 […]

Grow big in small spaces I have a degree in Agriculture and a paved yard… the irony is not lost on me. I live an urban life and so my wide-open spaces are parks and my tiny little paved patio is my garden. But within my garden I have two apple trees, a blueberry bush, a cluster […]