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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

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Gardening

The Solo Gardener: Tips for making fall cleanup a little easier

Now that Halloween is over I finally started my fall garden cleanup, even a professional gardener has lapses and time seems to fly ever faster…sigh.  Fall cleanup can be daunting if you are doing it alone like me…I often wish I had an extra set of arms and a prehensile tail or a garden robot!

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Fall Cleanup
Fall

Fall Cleanup

The early frosts here in Southern Ontario have caught most of us by surprise and sadly we now have to clean up the mushy remains of summer’s blooms.  It is also time to clean up the garden in general.  There are two camps to garden cleaning, one is to cut down and tidy up everything

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Gardening

Alien Invasion…of the bug kind

This past summer we have seen a number of red and black bugs flying about but recently there’s been a downright invasion!  They are swarming any sunny wall and window and trying to get into our homes…  What are they these buggy beasties?  Well, they are known as boxelder bugs, quite natty looking with their red and

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First Days of Fall
Fall

First Days of Fall

Finally we’ve had a decent rain here in southern Ontario and more is on the way 🙂  The leaves are beginning to turn as the daylight shortens and the evenings cool down.  One of the first in my garden is Aesculus pavia or red buckeye chestnut with glowing sunshine leaves. On the other hand, the

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Fall Planning and Planting
Fall

Fall Planning and Planting

It was a chilly 8 deg this morning in southern Ontario…fall is in the air!  Now is the time to take stock of what survived over our scorching summer and grab some deals as the garden centres get ready to empty their inventory.  Just make sure what you buy has been watered well and looks healthy

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Gardening

Unintended Consequences

As gardeners and environmentally conscious people, we try to lessen the impact in our own homes and gardens.  We plant for the bees and butterflies and try to plant a few plants for the larva so they won’t eat our prize roses!  A great idea is to visit your local markets to buy local produce

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Yellow daylilies
Gardening

Sunny Summer Stars

We are in high summer in Southwestern Ontario now with temperatures in the mid thirties, humid as a sauna and no rain in sight.  Remember to water early in the morning or in the evening after the sun is low enough for shade.  Morning is best so the foliage can dry off and helps to

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Romantic Roses
Gardening

Romantic Roses

There is nothing more romantic than an English garden dripping with roses. Rosa alba, “Cuisse de Nymph” Roses are undisputedly the Queen of flowers and rightly so when they are in full bloom.  Old Moss Rose And as a queen they are temperamental, fussy and prone to all kinds of attacks.  With the trend towards organic

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Gardening

Vibrant Viburnums

After magnolias, viburnums are my favourite flowering shrubs.  A large family, Michael A. Dirr has devoted an entire book to them called “Viburnums  Flowering Shrubs for every Season”.  From our native species like the nannyberry and arrowwood viburnums that grow by the roadside to the highly scented spring flowering burkwood and koreanspice viburnums from Asia, there

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