Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Swan Lake Nature Centre's Native Plant Sale

Swan Lake Nature Centre is having it's Annual Native Plant Sale. This is a very worthwhile event, if you haven't been to the centre this is a good time for a first visit.

Government House Plant Sale

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Daffodils are one of my favorite Spring blooming bulbs, they are cheery and increasingly important deer resistant. I posted pics of some of the early blooming varieties flowering in my garden.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Heathers, and Heaths

Last week the begining of Spring and summer flowering Heathers began to arrive. With this shipment came the Tree Heaths, "Erica arborea" These upright Heathers vary in heights between a couple of feet to over 6. My grower informed me that there is a local hedgerow where they have reached phone pole height.

The winter and Spring flowering Heathers provide great long lasting color for cool weather. I really like the Summer flowering varieties for their bright new growth. They run the gammat of pink, orange, red through bright yellow or green new growth. They do flower, but for the most part don't compare to their winter cousins for bloom. The new growth is so showy it is often mistaken for bloom, like pieris, or pointsettias.

Heathers include, Erica, Calluna, and Daboecia plants, each type varying in it's bloom period. Paying attention to selection, will provide year round blooms. Check the label, each variety has it's individual bloom cycle.

They prefer full sun, and well drained acidic soil. Add peat to soil at planting time.

Hanging Herb Baskets

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