Stella De Oro

Stella De Oro Garden Clippings for July 14, 2018 The easiest job in the world is being the landscape architect for a shopping plaza or self serve gas station.  All you’d have to do is specify Stella De Oro daylilies in the parking lot islands and your job would be done.  Perhaps you would add…

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Who Owns Your Garden

Who Owns Your Garden Garden Clippings for July 7, 2018 Its an all too common scenario. Mom loves to putter in her garden.  Her putter time allows her to think, to dream, to relax and let off steam. Mom’s garden is not the world’s most beautiful garden, but its hers.  She owns it.  It is…

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Dormant Summer Grass

Dormant Summer Grass Garden Clippings for June 30, 2018 My farmer friend who planted up our back forty wasn’t worried.  The corn seed was sown at the end of May and in a week it began popping through the dry ground.  We hadn’t had rain through the week but there was enough moisture in the…

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Snow in June

Snow in June Garden Clippings for June 23, 2018 Snow in June?  If you live in the Twin Lakes area of Sarnia, you would not disagree.  In some areas accumulation could be measured in inches. The culprit is the Salicaceae tree which we commonly call Willows, Poplars and Aspens.  These trees drop an abundance of…

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Clever Bugs

Clever Bugs Garden Clippings for June 9, 2018 Bugs are clever little buggers.  Case in point is the Viburnum Leaf Beetle. The female adult Viburnum Leaf Beetle spends its summer in search of food and looking for a spot to lay its eggs.  She searches the landscape until she finds a Viburnum bush (snowball) and…

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Hosta Personality

Hosta Personality Garden Clippings for June 9, 2018 Everybody loves Hostas.  Rightfully so.  Hostas are the most versatile and trustworthy plant in everyone’s garden. According to the American Hosta Society, Hostas are the most popular family of perennials. While Daylilies outnumber Hostas in varieties, Hostas rule the roost in terms of sheer numbers that are…

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes Garden Clippings for June 2, 2018 Lucky me.  I’m not much bothered by mosquitos.  Oh, I’ve been bitten plenty times, but if I am with others, they will invariably be targeted before me. The good news is that there are several plants that do a fine job of repelling mosquitos.  Lavender is top of…

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Thea

Thea Garden Clippings for May 26, 2018 Thea DeGroot was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me, one of her most outstanding qualities was her teaching.  Thea taught at Sarnia Christian School, John Knox Christian School and then switched to adult education primarily at Aamjiwnaang First Nation. But even…

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After Planting

After Planting Garden Clippings for May 19, 2018 The flowers have been bought. The garden beds have been weeded and we’re ready to plant.  What’s next? How do I make sure the plants are off to a healthy start? Soil preparation is key to success when planting flowers and vegetables.  Adding manure, triple mix, peat…

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May Two-Four

May Two-Four Garden Clippings for May 12, 2018 The Victoria Day Monday, May two-four weekend has always been Southwestern Ontario’s unofficial frost-free date.  In just a week, gardeners everywhere will be planting everything from Maples to Marigolds. But here’s your warning:  don’t get too ambitious.  April has been the coldest on record and there are…

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