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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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April 29, 2018- Early Planting

Warmer weather and apparently ever-increasing levels of energy, the gardener is often seen stalking the local garden centres and large retail box stores for the earliest and yes, best bargains of the season. Control is of the utmost importance here as many of us do tend to get carried away,…

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April 15, 2018- Spring Cleaning the Garden

It seems that spring brings out the best of intentions in most of us as well an equivalent amount of initiative and energy, perhaps it’s the returning sun. Whatever the reason, this time of the year energizes even the most winter-worn, lethargic and complacent of us so surge into the awakening…

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April 1, 2018- Division is Really Multiplication

Math was never really my strong point, but this basic arithmetic I totally get. Early April is like a starting gun has just been fired as far as I am concerned. Armed with muscle relaxants, pain relievers and the best of intentions I head for my somewhat soggy gardens to…

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March 18, 2018-Get Ready, Set and Go!

Honestly, it’s not like we gardeners need any more encouragement to get at it, but the weather certainly is a trigger. Milder conditions are usual in March however, closer to the end of the month can be pretty miserable if March arrived like a lamb. The sun is increasing in…

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March 4, 2018-Rooting Around

The first glimpses of bare soil have a curious affect on those of us who garden. Some of us don our “Crocks” with heavy wool socks yanked up as high as they go and head for the lower realms of the garden. Others, dressed equally as appropriately, rummage through the…

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February 18, 2018- Magnolia

Ontario has a native Magnolia, Magnolia acuminata or the cucumber Magnolia (tree). Unfortunately this native plants is listed as "endangered" in natural habitat. One can still find native stands in some parts of the Niagara region in Ontario, however the ever fragmentation of habitat due to commercial real estate and…

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February 4, 2018- To Prune or Not To Prune

It’s a good thing that the month of February is a short one! We gardeners are often just “itching” to do something outside on those bright, sunny days. The amount of snowfall and the region of the country that you garden in will dictate just how much activity will be…

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January 28, 2018- Local Wildlife

Perennials, trees and shrubs that you have allowed to set fruit or seed is a tremendous benefit for urban, suburban and rural wildlife. Rose hips, Mountain Ash berries and even crabapples left on the plants provide much needed nutrition for foraging animals and winter birds. Many perennials offer large seeds,…

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January 18, 2018- Shrub Rose

Bonica™ There really aren’t many flowering plants that can eclipse the rose. Having been grown for centuries, these floral favourites have graced the gardens of kings and queens. Noble houses had roses fashioned into coats of arms, heraldic paraphernalia and yes even customized perfumes and cosmetics. Since the early days…

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January 14, 2018- Use The Snow

Snow cover can vary from week to week as well as city to city. In the event that your snow cover is scant so that you can see the crowns of your perennials, it’s time to act. When I find myself in this situation I shovel what snow I can…

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January 8, 2018- Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, may the season ahead be one of the very best for you. One way that I enjoy these shorter days, almost as a ritual for the first few days off my new year, is to ponder and plan for the spring season. Albeit it may be a…

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December 31, 2017- Educational Photography

This month is a great time to photograph your landscape/garden. Although typically lacking colour and pizzazz during the winter months, the images will give you a clear picture of what foundation plantings could be enhanced. Which shrubs to prune, what clump to move and locate where and so on. Just…

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December 24, 2017- This Is Your Garden

Planning your garden be it a brand-new endeavor or just “fixing” a spot here and there can offer a great deal of satisfaction particularly during the winter months. Naturally, there are landscape principles which, so many folks take as gospel, and unfortunately, their creativity becomes stifled. My personal approach is…

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December 10, 2017- Living Christmas Trees

The concept of a real living Christmas tree is rather enticing for many people, and it makes good sense for most of the country. Planning, as with many things, is the key to success with this imitative. If you live in a more moderate part of Canada, let’s say most…

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