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New plants for those bare spots

May 28, 2014

There are a lot of bare spots in my garden this spring. I’m still hoping, but pretty soon I’m going to have to face facts and cut those dead plants down. (Sniff.) My hydrangeas and roses seem to have taken a big hit. Also my clematis and ornamental grasses, which all grew in containers. So […]

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Going wild(flower) in the garden

I’ve just finished reading Miriam Goldberger’s book Taming Wildflowers, and I’m ready to rip out everything I’ve planted in my sunny front garden – she’s that good at making the case for wildflowers (Miriam runs Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, ON). She can rattle off their benefits at the drop of a petal: easy care, pest-resistance, […]

The spring after the winter that was (is?)

The calendar says yes, yes – but the ground says no, no. And that, folks, will be the story of the spring 2014 gardening season. We’re just coming out of the hardest winter we’ve seen in decades. What will this mean for our gardens this year – and for the way we take care of […]

A preview of Canada Blooms

It’s March. We’re fed up with winter and ready to run a little wild. And – surprise – so is good old Canada Blooms. Toronto’s annual flower fest is shaking off the cobwebs this year with its theme, Wild. Don’t expect to see all those oh-so-sophisticated gardens laid out for dainty tea parties. The folks […]


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