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I so like the Yuccas in my garden I just have to share

Yucca -it’s a perennial that maybe isn’t one that comes to mind in our Toronto climate. Most people associate it with southern climes and deserts where it is native. That is a good indicator of how drought tolerant it can be. Which is handy if you have a dry sunny...

Are inner city home gardens being woked?

Are inner city home gardens being woked?

Over the past 30 years I’ve been in a great number of home gardens, especially in the City of Toronto. From events such as, Through the Garden Gate, visits to the Toronto Botanical Gardens, as a garden volunteer, and my work as fee for service gardener. I’ve employed...

When the colours work.

When the colours work.

That time when the yellow and red daffodils and tulips match the yellow and red of the dogwoods behind. Such a pity the squirrels don’t appreciate beauty in the garden. They consume those tulips at a fierce rate!

It’s March and the daffs are coming.

It’s March and the daffs are coming.

It’s March and soon the daffs will be showing. They remind me of my father and my youth. He was a market gardener, greengrocer, and florist in the NW part of Ireland. He grew many of the vegetables that my parents sold in their shop, behind and above which my family...

Replacing a mildew dogwood with a serviceberry shrub.

In sunny south facing edge of our woodland garden bed we just couldn’t cure the powdery mildew on the Dogwood in this location. None of the usual conditions that cause the disease existed here - like, excessive nitrogen fertilizer, heavy pruning or excessive...

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