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Fertilizing 101. part 3: fertilizers for the fall

Here we are in the third day of fall in southern Ontario and it’s a steamy 31 deg celsius (88 F).  I have watered more in the last week than all of the summer!  Annuals are blooming madly and the butterflies are still hanging about. A swallowtail on my lantana However, it is fall and

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A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

A quick look in photos at the life of a monarch butterfly: Eggs on a leaf.  There’s safety in numbers!   After hatching a caterpillar’s life is spent eating…   Hanging out with friends eating…   And more eating!   After about two weeks, the journey begins…   To find a suitable spot…   To

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Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils

Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils

I started to write this blog and quickly realized it would be waaay too long if I write about both soil and fertilizer. So this one will be an introduction to soils and what makes a good soil. The backbone of a healthy and productive garden is the soil.  It both supports and feeds the

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Life in the Garden - eastern black swallowtail larva on a dill plant A cicada

Life in the Garden

As usual I am still mulling over the second part of fertilizing 101 but here is a quick snapshot of the life you can find in your garden no matter how small it may be. A monarch fueling up on a lantana bush An eastern black swallowtail larva on a dill plant A cicada When

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Fertilizing 101, part 1 - Feeding your garden

Fertilizing 101, part 1

Most of us know that plants create their own food through photosynthesis, in the presence of light and chlorophyll, carbon dioxide and water are combined to make sugar and oxygen.  Sugar is then converted to starch in order to store the energy.  Plants also need various macro and micronutrients derived from the soil in order

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Beautiful Daylilies

Dashing and Dependable Daylilies

Daylilies are the workhorses of the plant world. Dependable, tough, low maintenance, generally well behaved and the latest varieties are anything but dull!  They have come a long way from the old orange daylilies that you see growing along the roadside and marking out the outlines of long gone homesteads, yet have retained that long

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Colourful summer flower combos

Summer Colour Combos

Colour and colour combinations are a very personal choice and when clients ask me to do what “I think looks good” because they don’t know, I make sure to get a feel of the colours they like.  I look at their interior colour schemes, deep jewel like tones or pale neutrals and carry that out

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Bees in pink flowers

Bee Not Afraid

With the ongoing concern about declining bee populations, I am still surprised by the number of clients who don’t want “flowers” that attract bees.  They are afraid of being stung and lump any flying buzzing insect under bees.  In reality it is more often wasps that sting, not bees, so todays blog is how to

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