Category: Seasons

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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!! ­čÖé

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Easter

Easter Baskets

I was out looking for some easter picks to dress up my spring pots┬áand couldn’t find any. ┬áSo off I went to my┬átrusty dollar store and came up with these. ┬áA dozen styrofoam easter eggs, two curly ribbon swirls for presents (all ready cut and when I pulled out the staples, one had 12 pieces

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Valentine's

The Language of Flowers

Flowers have been associated with mankind since ancient times.  The earliest evidence of flowers and rituals was found in a grave, over 13,000 years old, in Israel.  Aromatic plants and flowers lined the grave in which two skeletons were found.  Earlier controversial evidence of pollen found in Neanderthal graves is still being debated on whether

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cats

Merry Christmas

May you all ┬áhave a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!! Happy gardening,┬ápoetry writing and following┬áwhatever your heart’s passion may be! www.gardengraces.ca

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Christmas

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

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Christmas

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

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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!!

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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. ┬áIt is also time to clean up the garden in general. ┬áThere are two camps to garden cleaning, one is to cut down and tidy up everything

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