Scotts

Scotts Garden Clippings for January 20, 2018 In the last 5 or 6 years, I’ve had many meetings in Grand Rapids, Michigan, giving me lots of opportunity to drive down I-69 and notice the skids of product stored on a parking lot just west of Imlay City.  One day this past September curiosity got the…

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Snow

Snow Garden Clippings for Jan 13, 2018 It was the perfect place for the used Christmas tree.  On Boxing Day it was my job to drag the tree out of the family room.  I promptly stuck it at the edge of the cedar deck, on the snowbank that I created after my shovelling workout. I…

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What is a Sport?

What is a Sport? Garden Clippings for January 6, 2018 For a botanist, the word “sport” has little to do with physical activity.  Rather, a sport is an anomaly or mutation found growing on a plant that differs from the rest of the plant. Sports in plants are not unusual.  I have seen a mass…

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Telfer Diversion

Telfer Diversion December 30, 2017 In last week’s Garden Clippings, I pled ignorance and admitted that I did not know the name of the creek that runs just west of DeGroot’s.  After reading the article, a fellow about a decade older than me told me it was called the Telfer diversion channel.  And it was…

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Mind Your Own Business

Mind Your Own Business Garden Clippings for December 23, 2017 A few days ago I was chatting it up with a young couple on the parking lot at DeGroot’s and one of them glanced over the creek next door and asked “Hey, what’s the name of that river?  I’ve never seen it before.” “Oh, that…

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Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners Garden Clippings for December 16, 2017 If there is an avid gardener on your list, Christmas shopping is a cinch.  And you won’t need to break the budget to gift wrap a cool gardening gadget under the tree. In past Decembers my garden gift ideas have included the tried and true. …

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Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree Garden Clippings for December 9, 2017 Long ago, probably before the birth of Christ, people hung evergreen stems and boughs in their homes in winter as a symbol of longevity in the expectation that spring growth would soon follow. The idea of an actual Christmas tree stems back to the 16th century…

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Pistachios

Pistachios My favourite grocery store has moved its big display of fresh peppers and shoved them over to a less prominent aisle.  A few months ago the space allocated to fresh peppers was about equal to the space for bananas.  Now their peppers take up as much space as celery. Stranger yet, is the fact…

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Oak Wilt

Oak Wilt Imagine Canatara Park without Oak trees. Right on the heels of the wipeout of Ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer is a similar threat to our precious Oak trees by Oak Wilt.  And while we know that Oak Wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum) has not yet crossed the border into Ontario, experts believe…

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Nasty Leaves

Nasty Leaves Garden Clippings for November 18, 2017 Raking those leaves is a nasty chore.  The job starts in late October with Willows, Poplars and Ash falling earliest.  In mid-November when Maple leaves have dropped the work is about half way done.  Oaks are the nastiest because they begin falling in November and keep dropping…

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