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February 17, 2019- Early Bloomers

The very early spring is often the most exciting time of the year for gardeners, particularly those who are located in the milder regions of the country. I for one am often sighted ploughing around my front gardens decked out in fuzzy slippers, a dressing gown (on a good day)…

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February 3, 2019- Lawn Alternatives

Early spring is an excellent time to consider just how much turf grass is necessary or wanted in your landscape. I know, I know, a lawn is a Canadian tradition, we have all had lawns since forever it seems. However, consider the amount of maintenance that a verdant greensward actually…

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January 20, 2019- Rock On!

Perhaps one of the most commonly made errors in developing a new garden or rearranging an existing one is the use of rock(s) in the design. For a time, one could see gigantic boulders placed, I suppose strategically, in many front gardens, typically with either some statuary or a lamppost associated…

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January 6, 2019- Hens and Chicks

Latin comes in very handy when you are dealing with horticulture as the correct ‘bi-nomials’ or plant names are in Latin. Having taken Latin, a dead language, in high school, never did I think that I would actually come to appreciate what I learned let alone actually use it. The…

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December 23, 2018- Planning for Spring

It really is ok to actually stop gardening and do a little dreaming! Come this time of the year, my illicit wounds, foibles and aches seem to subside and my waistline increases. This is a season of celebration with loved ones and a recounting of all the blessings bestowed on…

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December 9, 2018- Living Christmas Tree

The holiday season brings a different sense for the garden centres and nurseries. Hustle and bustle of the spring season ebbs into a much more reasonable pace with great gifting ideas around every corner. The Christmas tree is a tradition for a great many people in Canada and of late,…

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November 25, 2018- For the Birds

I have heard the term ‘birdscaping’ used recently and to say the least this peaked my interest. We are all, or should all, be very cognizant of the other creatures who call our urban landscape home. This past season I enlarged my pollinator garden, refreshed the water feature and installed…

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November 11, 2018- Poppies

I found these few lines referencing the tradition of the poppy on November 11th on a Canadian Legion site. Each November, Poppies bloom on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians. The significance of the Poppy can be traced back to the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110…

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October 21, 2018- Garden Goodness- Therapy Home Grown

Current society is at the very least, curious… is it not? As a non GenX, Non- Millennial, boomer of sorts my optics on societal development are perhaps jaded. Nevertheless, there is a very interesting common denominator that exists in our techno-information polluted age, and that is the need/want/desire to touch…

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October 7, 2018- October Chores

Aw yes, the tenth month of the year and perhaps a winding down for many gardeners in Canada. The growing season has changed considerably over the past number of years, to the benefit of many gardeners, in particular those in the Midwest of the country. Conditions in general have seen…

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September 23, 2018 To Prune or Not To Prune

September is a block buster busy month as it is, but now pruning as well – perhaps not! SO many folks think that because it’s a shrub it must be pruned, that’s just what is supposed to happen. Naturally there are some shrubs that can tolerate a fall pruning but…

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Sept 16, 2018 Tree and Shrub Planting Fall

September can be a glorious month right across Canada as the weather is still reasonably warm with cooler nights and the inevitable shortening days. This is not only a great time to plant spring flowering bulbs but new trees and shrubs also. Many garden centres have geared their production to…

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Sept 2, 2018 Autumn Chores

Many Canadian gardeners agree that September is the busiest month in their garden. This month has a reputation of being somewhat unreliable in the weather department, with the only sure thing being that colder weather will follow. Lower light conditions, ever shortening days for many tend to instill a sense…

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August 19, End of the Month Fun

August is one of my favorite months in the garden. Typically, this is a time to sit and relax (sort of) and enjoy all the planning and the work of the season and many gardeners who work outside the home are vacationing. The perennials that boast colour in August throughout…

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August 5th Take A Walk on the Wild Side

Canadian native plants offer a huge assortment of species that offer many benefits to the urban landscape from perennials to specimen trees. As a matter of fact, there are a great many horticultural varieties that have humble roots, excuse the pun, in Canadian natives. One may see the term wild…

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July 8, 2018- Turf Substitutes, Living Mulches

Turf grass is perhaps my least favourite component in the urban garden, however I do concede that it has a place, just not in my garden. This is an ongoing discussion (to be delicate) in our household, as I would have no turf, yet my wife has and entirely opposite…

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June 23, 2018- Ninebark

Drought tolerant plants or at least those that will survive with minimal water are always in demand, particularly in the mid west of the country. Drier conditions due to lack of rainfall combined with ever present winds set up a condition that is not favourable to many plants. The Ninebarks…

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June 9, 2018- Spiraea

June is such a great month for blossoms, perhaps why it is a favoured month for weddings. Ok, a cheesy segue but I couldn’t resist as Spirea are in full bloom now, “Bridalwreath” leading the pack of good old standby shrubs. I recall, as a very young lad, a wonderful,…

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May 13, 2018- Mulch Me

Frost dates vary from region to region and in particular during the month of May. There is a wheelbarrow load of gardening folklore that might have you wait until the first full moon of June before planting anything or perhaps checking the bushiness of the local squirrels’ tails in order…

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May 1st, 2018-The Merry Merry Month of May

May is the virtual starting pistol for many gardeners across Canada. After spending much of the colder months planning, fussing, ordering and dreaming, the time has come to put plans into action. My preference is to start rather slowly and continue at a moderate pace for a number of reasons,…

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