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One tree/shrub that should be in every garden is the magnificent magnolia. Ranging in size from compact shrubs like M. stellata to large majestic trees like M. grandiflora, there is a magnolia for every size garden. Magnolias have an ancient lineage. Fossil records show magnolias first came on the scene over 100 million years ago across North America and
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Trees in Santiago
Going through my photos of plants and flowers from Chile, I realized I have way too many for one blog. So here is the first of a couple of blogs on plants from Chile, both native and introduced. With its wonderful Mediterranean climate, Santiago boasts both tender and hardy flowering trees. Outside of Santiago is
Gardens around the world – Santiago
Its a snowy day here in Ontario so what better to do than some garden daydreaming 🙂 My next few blogs will be about some of the famous and not so famous gardens I have had the good fortune to visit so far! Today’s garden is the Jardín Japonés in Santiago Chile. Santiago is not
An early winter’s day
May you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!! Happy gardening, poetry writing and following whatever your heart’s passion may be! www.gardengraces.ca
Are Poinsettias Poisonous?
Every Christmas season, people worry about poisonous plants, pets and toddlers and rightly so. A popular myth is that poinsettias are poisonous, probably due to their bright red colour. In reality, they are not really toxic; the milky sap in the leaves can cause skin irritation, drooling and sometimes vomiting if your babies decide to chew
Surprise Christmas Blooms
I walked out into my garden today and discovered my witchhazel in full bloom! Hamamelis virginiana or the common witchhazel is a lovely North American native shrub hardy to zone 3. Yellow fragrant flowers appear in the fall, often as late as December as mine has done happily. Normally the flowers are obscured by the
Christmas tree inferno
As I have seen cars with Christmas trees lashed to their roof around town, take a moment to watch this short video: why you should water your live Christmas tree You don’t want your holidays ending in ashes. It only takes about 30 seconds!!