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Canadian Spring 2019

The end of March and the coming of spring….April Fools! New shoots pushing their way up through the thawing ground… Snowdrops glistening in the spring rain Snowdrops drooping in the snow! The first dew dropped blossoms to… Christmas anyone!? Mother Nature’s idea of April Fools LOL! Oh well, there’s always tomorrow 🙂 Happy Gardening

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Versailles
Gardening

Garden of Versailles

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the palace and gardens of Versailles.  The palace itself is a baroque wonder but sadly jammed with people most of the time now.  The gardens are another matter, built on a grand scale by André Le Notre to showcase the Sun King’s power and

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Remembrance Day - poppy field
Gardening

Remembrance Day

Memories fade as time passes into the future and soldiers of the two great wars pass into the mist. But war does not fade and new battles take their place.  Let us not forget.

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Butterfly on a beautiful red flower
Gardening

Fall garden chores

Hello everyone! I sent this out as an email but for my clients and followers whose email I don’t have, here  is a short blog on fall garden chores. Although the gorgeous weather may be lulling us into a wishful summer mode, even the butterflies are still here, fall is upon us and there are

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Table with gourds
Fall

Quick container makeover

For all you fellow Canadians, if your red geraniums still look good but white petunias have faded, add some white mums and white pumpkins to your planters for an easy patriotic fall arrangement. Happy Thanksgiving to all in Canada!! 🙂

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Butterfly on a flower
Gardening

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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Fertilizing 101, part 2: soils
Gardening

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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Fertilizing 101, part 1 - Feeding your garden
Gardening

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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Colourful summer flower combos
Gardening

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
Gardening

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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