More colour and Canadian content at Canada Blooms 2017

It’s cold today. There’s snow on the ground. Some idiot on Facebook keeps posting things like “32 days until spring.” I’m just trying to hang on until March 10, when Canada Blooms begins its 10-day run. This is my March break: a shot of flowers and scent just when I need it. Canada’s 150th This […]

How well do you know your holiday plants?

When you think about it, it’s kind of weird how many plants we haul indoors at this time of year. Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe…. Do you know the stories behind our familiar holiday greens and flowers? Sit down with a cup of cocoa and see how you score in this trivia quiz.

You can find good-quality perennials at bargain prices in the fall.

Eight great gardening hints for October

Well, haven’t we been the lucky ones this year. The leaves are still green, the flowers are still blooming and the Blue Jays made the division play-offs. (At least they were still in the game when I wrote this.) Thanksgiving is done, and we Beachers still have good enough weather to get out and garden. […]

Meet the fun and easy-going succulents

Say it slowly: “Sssuu-cu-lent.” Sounds so juicy and luscious, it immediately brings to mind foods like roast turkey, strawberries and crème caramel. But not if you’re a gardener. In that case it calls up visions of fat, fleshy plants in a palette of blues, greens, browns and purples, usually displayed in a neat, geometric leaf […]

Contain yourself while waiting for spring

Holy compost! I can’t remember a spring that’s been so slow to arrive. I go out in the morning, peer hopefully for something new coming up, then disgustedly go back inside to fuss over the houseplants … again. Lately, though, I’ve found something new to do in the garden: fuss over my many outdoor containers. […]

Digging in the digital dirt

Pssst … Wanna find some dirty stuff on the Web? When a gardener says that, you pretty much know what to expect. When the world outside is green and lovely, I can hardly sit still at a keyboard. But when it’s white and cold outdoors, I retreat to the digital world. Lately, I’ve been tap-tapping […]