What can you grow near cedar trees?

Cedar Trees Create Privacy and Erase Ugly Views

One of the few regrets I have about my garden is that I didn’t plant cedars (thuja) along the back fence years earlier. Instead, I…

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How to save seeds from Oenothera flava, Night Blooming Primrose

Saving the Seeds of Night Blooming Primrose

One of the most popular posts on my blog has been the profile I wrote of Night Blooming Primrose (latin: Oenothera flava). It seems like…

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How to fix a leaking hose

What to do with a leaking hose

My friend’s garden hose sprung a leak just before I was to house sit for her. No problem, I thought, I’ll fix it for her…

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How to keep cabbage worms from eating your kale

Not So Ornamental Kale

I don’t like the taste of kale very much, but I do like it as an ornamental plant in my garden. Some of my friends…

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Highlights of Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour 2018

Highlights from Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour 2018

We had a wet weekend for the Long Branch Garden Tour. Very. Very. Wet. But that didn’t seem to dampen the spirit of the intrepid…

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How to grow Heuchera (aka Coral Bells)

Plant profile: Heuchera

I have a problem with Heuchera (aka Coral Bells). My problem is that plant breeders keep coming out with amazing new varieties in a stunning…

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Alliums and why you need to snip the seedheads off

Plant profile: Alliums

If you’ve ever wondered at the purple lollipop-like flowers, blooming amongst roses and peonies, you’re not alone. Every time I see someone encountering these flowers…

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Learn about the 2018 Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour

Tips for Enjoying Garden Tours

June is a popular month for garden tours in my area. It’s late enough that the garden has progressed beyond tulips, but early enough that…

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The magic of mulch

The Magic of Mulch

Mulch can instantly transform the look of your garden and provides real benefits in terms of maintenance and moisture retention. I am a big believer…

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How to get your tulips to bloom again

How to Get Your Tulips to Bloom Again Next Year

Tulips are the tempermental stars of the spring garden. They put on a gorgeous show but then, if you don’t treat them just right, they…

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How to Plant Tomatoes

How to Plant Tomatoes

Tomatoes are often the very first vegetable most gardeners try to grow, and who can blame them—there’s nothing like the taste of a freshly grown,…

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Learn about the Container Garden Shopping Guide

The Container Garden Guide

Containers, urns, pots and hanging baskets are a lot of fun to put together and they can add a lot of pizzazz to your garden.…

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How to photograph plants for identification

How to Photograph Plants for Identification

Whether you’ve just moved into a new garden where everything’s a mystery, or see something unfamiliar sprouting in a garden you’ve had for years, a…

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How to divide Bleeding Hearts and other perennial plants

How to Divide a Bleeding Heart

Although you might mistake the title of this post for an 80’s rock ballad, I’m referring to a plant with the common name of “Bleeding…

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How to make perfect thrifty plant ties

Plant Ties Like My Grandpa Used to Make

My grandparents lived through the depression, and, like most people of that era, were into “recycling” and “reusing” multiple decades before those terms were trendy.…

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How to choose the best garden gloves

Garden Gloves: the good, the bad and the weird

I confess that I do not always wear gloves when I’m digging in the garden, especially when I’m doing something like planting annuals in a…

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Hydrangea Pink Sensation - how to care for it

Caring for Potted Hydrangeas

Walk into any big box hardware store, grocery store, or florist right now and you’ll likely run smack into a huge display of stunning pink…

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Two methods for sharpening your secateurs (aka pruners)

Two Recommended Tools to Sharpen Secateurs

It is infinitely more enjoyable, and better for your plants, to use sharp secateurs than dull ones. I’ve written elsewhere about how to choose a…

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The best plant labels for vegetables

I’ve been on the hunt for a good way to label the plants in my vegetable garden, specifically, the many varieties of tomatoes. I grow…

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Witch Hazel is a great early blooming shrub for your garden

Plant profile: Witchhazel

Witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) is the very first thing to bloom in my garden. I knew this shrub had a reputation as an early bloomer…

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How to grow tuberous begonias

Plant profile: Tuberous Begonias

Tuberous begonias are super plants for containers and hanging baskets. They have large, luscious blooms in colours ranging from white and pale pink to brilliant…

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What to look for in a good pair of secateurs or pruners

What to look for in a good pair of secateurs

A good pair of secateurs is an indispensable tool for a gardener. I can’t think of anything else that I use in the garden more…

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Lessons for home gardeners from greenhouse tomato growers

What we can learn from greenhouse tomato growers

Last fall, while visiting The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, I came across a very neat exhibit–it was a 38 foot mobile “greenhouse education…

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Would replacing a fire hydrant destroy my garden?

A city gardener’s nightmare

One of the “features” of our front yard is that it has a bright yellow fire hydrant at the northwest corner. When I first bought…

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Oneonthera flava

Plant profile: Night Blooming Primrose

Night blooming primrose (latin: Oenothera flava) is a really fun plant to have in your garden, as the flowers open right before your eyes! Individual…

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Favourite garden quotes and sayings

Garden quotes and sayings

Gardens and the act of gardening have inspired writers and artists for centuries. Here is a collection of some of the best garden quotes and…

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Visit to a miniature village in Niagara

This past weekend we took a drive to the Niagara Parks Commission’s Floral Showhouse. We wanted to see the poinsettia display in the greenhouse and…

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Figure out your growing zone

How to figure out your zone

Has a gardening friend or nursery salesperson ever asked you if you “know your zone?” It’s not a pick-up line (well, it’s usually not a…

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How to clean tree sap off of your hands

Get tree sap off your hands with two ingredients from your kitchen

The one down side from making your own Christmas wreath out of fresh greenery, or doing any holiday decorating with pine and other sap oozing…

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Storing Tubers For The Winter

Storing Tubers Over The Winter

I wrote previously about how to dig up tender tubers–the roots of dahlias, cannas, and begonias–to store them over the winter. I know that a…

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Prevent snow and ice damage to cedars without turning them into burlap mummies

Preventing Snow & Ice Damage to Cedars

When winter storms come and pile on heavy snow and ice, it can spell disaster for some trees, especially evergreens, which have needles that hold…

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Fuss less in fall--focus on essential garden tasks

Fuss less in the fall

Every year at this time articles about “putting your garden to bed” seem to pop up like dandelions. Worried new gardeners stop me to ask…

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MOSAICANADA150 was an incredible Mosaiculture display in Gatineau, QC

Making and Maintaining MOSAICANADA150

The MOSAICANADA150 exhibit held in Gatineau, Quebec this summer was a stunning combination of gardening and sculpture. I focused on the sculptural aspect in my…

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MOSAICANADA150 was an incredible Mosaiculture display in Gatineau, QC


I’ve been looking forward to the Mosaiculture exhibit in Gatineau, Quebec since January. After a busy summer, I finally got to see it, just a…

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Monarchs and other pollinators love this tree!

Monarch butterflies love this fall blooming tree

Earlier this year I heard many, many stories of people raising monarch butterflies by hand, in order to help shore up their declining numbers. Well,…

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What's blooming in my fall garden?

What’s happening in my fall garden?

When I mentioned to a friend that someone was coming over to see my garden last weekend she was surprised and said “What’s going on…

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How to protect your plants against early fall or late spring frosts

Frost protection

When you live in a climate with real winter, frost is a fact of life. But when frost comes too early, a gardener has to…

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A Visit to Chanticleer

I’ve been hearing great things about Chanticleer garden in Pennsylvania for several years. I’ve also attended inspiring talks in Toronto from visiting Chanticleer staff and…

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Tomato leaf problems aren't cause for panic

Tomato problems. But are they really a problem?

In an ideal world, our plants would never have a blemish and would produce bumper crops continuously.   I do my best to practice good…

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Coleus can be rooted from cuttings

How to save your coleus for next year

I’ve written before about how much I love coleus and how I’ve had a hard time finding my favourite variety at any of my local…

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