At this time of year, with temperatures increasing and the day length still getting longer, there is a sudden burst of growth on everything and it seems hard to keep up with what's happening in the garden. Flowers and lushness abound! I had no trouble stopping for a while today though to watch the busy… Continue reading EARLY JUNE AND THE FLOWERS ARE COMING – PART 2
It has been a wild ride these last few weeks. Raising seedlings, getting them all planted and off to a great start relies on the cooperation of the weather. The cold, then scorching heat delayed things a bit but then on the day of my seedling sale Ottawa was hit by a massive damaging storm.… Continue reading EARLY JUNE AND THE FLOWERS ARE COMING!
We are fast approaching the May long weekend when it is traditional to start planting up our gardens. The weather this May has been challenging, with days of record breaking heat that forced the tulips and blossom to burst open and then heavy rain that flattened everything. Many of my seedlings have been delayed by… Continue reading SEEDLING SALE, EVENTS and MORE
We are all still waiting in anticipation of spring finally arriving. The flowers are telling me that growth is easily delayed by 2 weeks compared to the last 2 years. This is one of the reasons that I do not offer fresh flowers for Mother's Day - we can never tell from year to year… Continue reading Mother’s Day and More
One of my favourite must grow flowers are sweet peas. Just their beautiful scent and pretty ruffled petals makes it worth while - plus if you keep picking they are prolific bloomers. Here’s a few tips to get you started if you want to try them yourself.1) Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours… Continue reading STARTING SWEET PEAS
I was recently asked for tips on drying hydrangea flowers so here is my summary of what I have learnt over the years through trial and error and research. Small hydrangea heads drying in a basket The first step is to pick the hydrangea flowers at the correct stage. You need to wait until the… Continue reading My Guide To Drying Hydrangea Flowers
These Rudbeckia 'Sahara" in my garden are making me smile today. Rudbekia 'Sahara" They are just so cheerful and make a gorgeous splash of colour with so many different shapes and shades of flower. A mix of different colours and shapes growing in a group together. One of my Rudbeckia 'Sahara' plant is now going… Continue reading HAPPY FLOWERS!
It has taken a while to get this seedling sale uploaded and live. It is not perfect but is is done! Scroll down to see what I have for sale. Love-in-a-puff climber seedlings in cardboard tubes Please note that many of these seedlings come in compostable containers like paper pots and cardboard toilet roll tubes.… Continue reading Seedling Sale is Finally L I V E!
What do you think is the most important part of your garden? For me it is the soil and working on improving my soil is the perfect project for a warm sunny April day. Great gardens start with great soil and today I finally made myself this handy smart composting area. Recycled pallets make a… Continue reading Garden Foundations
Although we have had some nice sunny warm days the soil is still frozen in my garden and it is still to early to start any clean up of the flower beds. It is a good time to start planning and sowing seeds for this years flowers though. Here are my top tips for getting… Continue reading Seed Sowing Tips