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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.

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...

Rejuvenating an old variegated Weigela.

Rejuvenating an old variegated Weigela.

The life, death and rebirth of a much loved shrub - a variegated Weigela. In our garden we rarely switch out a plant. Sure, if something gets too big and no longer meets the rule of, “right plant, right location”, we make a change. Even then our first inclination is...

How To plant a container grown plant.

How To plant a container grown plant.

We’re coming soon into planting season in Toronto. Here’s a handy video that might be especially useful for those who think it’s just a matter of plonking that latest purchase into a hole in the ground. How To plant a container grown plant.

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