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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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New Greenhouse Project

For the past 8 or 10 years I’ve experienced the joy of greenhouse gardening, thanks to an old neighbour.  Well, he wasn’t that old, but he sold his house and moved away so that makes him an old neighbour.  In … Continue reading

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My New Garden – Four Years On

Earlier this year I promised to show you how much progression I’ve seen in my garden since I started planting in this brand new yard.  It was November of 2008 when we moved in to this new house and I’ve … Continue reading

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Growing Onions

  Growing onions must be easy, they’re certainly cheap enough at the supermarket, but I’m not very good at it!  My onions are usually small and often too watery to keep well, but not this year.  I’m not sure exactly … Continue reading

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My New Garden in July – Abundant Beauty!

I must apologize for neglecting my blog, life has been busy!  Summer has finally arrived and with it a glut of fresh produce and beautiful blooms.  Although it wasn’t a great year for strawberries (many turned to mush and rot … Continue reading

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Sod Removal 101 – Garden Evolution

This spring brings the fourth growing season in my new garden,  I guess it’s not so new anymore!  The garden is really beginning to settle in and look the way I pictured, for the most part.  The next step in … Continue reading

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Tatting Fern

In my temperate coastal garden all sorts of ferns grow very happily.  Ample rainfall, coolish temperatures and narrow daylight (a nod to Diana Krall, I love the expression) provide the perfect conditions to grow these primitive plants.  I have planted … Continue reading

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Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’

This striking variety of Black Eyed Susan is one of my favourite plants.  Discovered in 1937 by Heinrich Hagemann at Gebrueder Schuetz’s nursery in the Czech Republic and propagated by Karl Foerster of Potsdam, Germany, the début of Rudbeckia fulgida … Continue reading

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Triple Crown Blackberries

I’m harvesting a bumper crop of Triple Crown blackberries now; every day I pick a generous bowlful (probably 3-4 cups).  This extremely vigorous bramble is in its third season in my new garden, and I’m thankful that it’s completely thornless … Continue reading

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Peas in September

Sure, it’s nothing special to be picking sugar snap peas in September, but still picking from my spring planted crop?  It continues to be a bizarre year in my new garden! In fact, we are now experiencing a heat wave … Continue reading

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