Category Archives: Winter

My Greenhouse Has Arrived

My beautiful new greenhouse has arrived, delivered by a very personable Russ Davis, agent for BC Greenhouse Builders.  I’m sure that Russ enjoys his job, delivering and building (yep, he does that too) these top quality structures for people like … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Construction is Underway!

The first big job is done;  namely, the excavation of a largish hole and a deep ditch leading to the house that will tie the greenhouse drainage into the house drainage system and carry electrical services and piped water out … Continue reading

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Growing Food in the Northwest Territories

See on – Common Sense Gardening Doug Whiteman is a subarctic potato farmer who battles permafrost year-round, lives about 140 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, and over the past seven years has gone from coaxing 300 pounds to … Continue reading

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Heuchera and Heucherella – With Foliage This Brilliant, Who Needs Blooms?

See on – Common Sense Gardening Janis Cormier‘s insight: Yet they do produce flowers as well!  I have several heuchera and heucherella in my garden but I should really add a few more, because they’re bomb-proof and beautiful.  The … Continue reading

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Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’

During winter, devoted gardeners on the Pacific coast learn to find beauty in subtlety.  We enjoy the muted shades of bronze and purple brought out by cold weather on certain rhododendrons and cryptomeria, the icy blue of some cedrus and … Continue reading

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Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ – Contorted Hazel

One of the stars of my garden in winter is a Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’.  This is another plant with multiple monikers, including Contorted Hazelnut, Contorted Filbert, Corkscrew Hazel, Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick and Old Man’s Walking Stick. The Contorted Hazel … Continue reading

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Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’

Rather than pining and whining for a spring that’s not yet come, let’s try and appreciate those plants that provide beauty and form during winter, shall we?  The ferny, soft foliage of the conifer; Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’ is gorgeous and … Continue reading

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Winter Vegetables…a Dog’s Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner)

This year I vowed to grow a nice crop of winter veg, something to supplement the peaked (and expensive) produce that I find at my local supermarkets during the cold months.  So  around the third week of August I sowed … Continue reading

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Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’

Against the back fence, right beside the chicken run is an inelegant, rather twiggy shrub that overcomes its spring and summer shabbiness with an amazing show of almost artificial looking berries during fall and winter.  Aptly known as Beautyberry, Callicarpa … Continue reading

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For my sister…

This is for my sister, who is tired of being greeted with a dead rat every time she opens my blog on her Ipad! This is my homemade Christmas wreath, made from greens  I collected after a big windstorm and … Continue reading

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