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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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Containers

Remember to water your container plantings every day, maybe even twice a day on scorching summer days. Nothing will kill your beautiful plants faster than a hot dry container. Think about sitting in the middle of Death Valley in July! Container plantings are your personal bit of living art, a garden in miniature. You can

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Gardening

Garden Critters

I found this little guy in an oak tree at Sheridan Nurseries, Georgetown.  He’s a gray tree frog and was singing his little lungs out until I showed up.  Then he made like a piece of lichen, very convincing 🙂

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cats

Cats and Gardens

Cats and gardens go together, like cats and artists, cats and writers, cats and pretty much anything as far as I’m concerned. This is Moses, my beautiful one eyed Arabian Mau who came from the streets of Dubai as a tiny kitten.  He loves the garden and peruses his territory, nibbling on grasses and catmint like

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digging a hole
Gardening

And Plant!!

It helps to have some young brawn (in this case my son) to dig the holes for you 🙂 This is the gorgeous magnolia “Butterflies”, one of the rarer yellow magnolias.  Magnolias are an old group of flowering shrubs and trees dating back to the Cretaceous period.  Just think these beauties were around with Tyrannosaurus

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Get Set…Tips on hand care

We all love gardening but it can wreak havoc on our hands.  Here are some tips that I have discovered now that I am working as a custom planter designer and working in dirt and water all day.  First find a good pair of gardening gloves with rubberized fingers and a tight fabric weave.  If

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