Scotch Pine

RBG Garden Clippings for July 13, 2019 Ben, our youngest, has a season’s membership at The Royal Botanical Garden in Burlington and uses it frequently.  Each time he goes, he shoots me a photo of a tree, flower, bud, or branch expecting me to properly identify the variety and species. Not to brag, but most…

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Dwarf Plants

Dwarf Plants Garden Clippings for July 6, 2019 Sixteen years old and only 5 feet tall.  Sounds like a teenager, but it’s a Dwarf Scotch Pine.  Sixteen years ago, I planted a cluster of 3, and at planting time they were 2 feet high and wide.  Today they are picture perfect and have gained only…

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Peony

Peony Garden Clippings for June 29, 2019 Why won’t my Peony bloom? It’s a question I get asked often in June.  “I have several Peonies and have had them for many years, but for some reason this year one has failed to bloom.” Most often the answer lies in planting depth.  Peonies hate to be…

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Weigela

Weigela Garden Clippings for June 22, 2019 The later the flower the longer the flower.  So it is with most bulbs, most perennials and most flowering shrubs. Crocus and snowdrops are the first bulbs to bloom in spring.  If we are lucky, they will give two weeks of bloom.   Late blooming tulips begin flowering in…

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Birch

Birch Garden Clippings for June 15, 2019 Birch are the stuff legends are made of.  We Canadians have high regard for Birch trees because we cherish the stories of original Canadians who used Birch bark to make canoes.  Birch bark has also been used to make writing paper, dishes, cups, bowls and baskets. Nowadays Birch…

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Hang Baskets

Hang Baskets Garden Clippings for June 8, 2019 We’ve all done it.  The day before Mother’s Day, we bought a few gorgeous hanging baskets teeming with colour.  Mom accepted her gift with delight, put them on the front porch, and watered them faithfully.  She watered them daily unless they got water from above. But by…

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Peppers – Heat

Peppers – Heat!!   Garden Clippings – June 1, 2019   Some like it hot. The hotter the better. That’s how I like my peppers and that’s how peppers like to grow.   Peppers need heat and sun for peak performance. May’s persistent cool and damp weather has done no favours for newly planted peppers…

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Hard Winter?

Hard Winter? Garden Clippings for May 25, 2019 “My ornamental grass is dead, should I dig it up?” “My Butterfly Bush has no signs of life.” “Half of my Japanese Maple is healthy, but the other half is still bare.” Being in the nursery business sure has its rewards.  Most gratifying is the springtime pleasure…

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers Garden clippings for May 18, 2019 No flower is as fun and easy to grow as the Sunflower.  Kids love Sunflowers because they sprout so quickly after seeding, then grow a mile a minute to become larger than life plants with monster flowers that birds just love. Sunflowers grow best where there is plenty…

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Sunday Grass Cutting

Sunday Grass Cutting Garden Clippings for May 11, 2019 It was May of 1997, a month or two after the four of us moved into our rural home.  It had rained all week and the week before.  The sun had finally come out on Saturday so on Sunday afternoon I seized the opportunity, jumped on…

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