Sunflowers

Sunflowers Garden Clippings for September 21, 2019 Sunflowers have hit the news in Sarnia Lambton after the Schoonjans family planted a 6 acre field of the yellow beauties at their farm at 5023 Douglas Line just outside of Forest.  They planted the field in memory of Max Rombouts, a two-year-old boy who did of leukemia…

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Divide Perennials

Divide Perennials Garden clippings for Sept 14, 2019 Editing the perennial garden is a lot like editing a paper.  You simplify, get rid of words you don’t need, add words to help get your point across and check grammar.  Sometimes you ask someone else to do the proofreading. So it is with the perennial garden. …

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Weed Trees

Weed Trees Garden Clippings for September 7, 2019 When we think of weeds, we think of dandelions, purslane, thistles and ragweed.  Less common are the likes of poison ivy, burdock, black medic and queen Anne’s lace.  But it is time we recognise certain trees as weeds as well. Top of the list is Tree of…

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Glorious Hydrangeas

Glorious Hydrangeas Garden Clippings for August 31, 2019 The winner, hands down, in the summer garden is the Hydrangea.  Their bold blooms mostly in white, but also in shades of pink, red and blue, begin flowering in July and continue blooming well into September.  In the world of flowering shrubs, Hydrangeas give most bang for…

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Hydrangeas of all Kinds

Hydrangeas of all Kinds Garden Clippings for August 24, 2019 The later the flower the longer the flower.  While early spring flowering shrubs such as Magnolia, Forsythia, Weigela and Snowball can often be placed in the ten-day-wonder category, Hydrangeas will strut their stuff all summer long. Hydrangeas are the mainstay of the summer garden.  Most…

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Drought

Drought Garden Clippings for August 17, 2019 A prolonged summer drought is despairing.  Grass turns from green to beige, deciduous trees and shrubs wilt, the veggie patch needs constant watering and newly planted trees suffer for lack of moisture. While you and I as city slickers have little to worry about during dry weather, farmers…

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Reforestation

Reforestation Garden Clippings for August 10, 2019 A month ago, scientists and researchers in Switzerland released findings of a study concluding that the single most effective tool to combat climate change was planting more trees.   Billions more.  If we would reforest .9 billion hectares of land, about the size of United States, we could reduce…

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Mulberry

Mulberry Garden Clippings for August 3, 2019 Watch where you walk.  Fallen Mulberry fruit will turn your concrete driveway into a black mess and can be as slippery as a banana peel on the shop room floor. We have a love/hate relationship with Mulberry (Morus Alba) trees.  On the love side, Mulberries are fast growing,…

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Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Vine Garden Clippings for July 27, 2019 Climbing vines add interest to a garden while taking up very little space.  They are a quick solution to a boring wood fence or blank wall.  Plant a vine at the base of a trellis and its stems will twine through the spokes with little coaxing. The…

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Geraniums

Geraniums Garden Clippings for July 20, 2019 What goes around, comes around.  Twenty-five years ago, the Geranium began its downward spiral.  They were expensive, boring and high maintenance.  And while they were bold and colourful, their blooms were not terribly interesting. Today, Geraniums are enjoying a powerful comeback.  Turns out Grandma was smart when she…

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