November 22, 2022
Canadian flower farmers II

Main image: Some of the flowers available from Special Effects Flower Farm. Images reproduced from the respective websites with permission and remain copyright of the owner. Carrying on from my previous post about Canadian flower farmers who also supply bulbs, tubers, seeds and plants to the home gardener, here are three more I would encourage […]

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November 13, 2022
Christmas bauble vases

Try these unusual vases to make small Christmas arrangements for your mantelpiece. You'll need to find mid-sized Christmas baubles that have removable caps and a decent sized opening. The first step is to remove the cap, discard the wire hanger and then slightly flatten the cap itself, so that it still curves up a little. […]

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November 9, 2022
Thoughts on flowers, memory and my father's garden

Anemones are made of this I imagine nearly everyone has a trigger plant, the sight or smell of which can suddenly transport you to another time and place. For me, as I've mentioned before, it is primarily the anemone, because I associate it with my great-aunt Olive who, when I was at boarding school in […]

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November 2, 2022
Flower support: grids, Floraguppies, and dog toys.

This past September, I posted on alternatives to floral foam and demonstrated how to make a simple flower grid. Those grids are still holding up: a bit of a faff to make, but I think they are worth the effort, and I'm going to make some more interesting ones to support Christmas decorations soon. Floraguppy […]

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October 28, 2022
Canadian flower farmers I: Antonio Valente Flowers and Dahlia May

Main image: Dahlia May flower farm in Ontario All images from the respective websites in this post are reproduced with permission and remain copyright of the owner. If you're a gardener who likes cutting flowers for the house or for sharing with friends, you may have little interest in flower farms: after all, you grow […]

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October 21, 2022
Autumn planting: ranunculus and anemones

I dropped into the local GardenWorks the other day looking for cell seed trays. The place was full of pumpkins and Christmas decorations, but not a seed tray in sight. Now I love Christmas, and my heart admittedly beats a little faster when confronted by a bauble, but this is a garden centre, right, and […]

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October 12, 2022
The Complete Book of Ground Covers

Review of Gary Lewis, The Complete Book of Ground Covers: 4000 plants that reduce maintenance, control erosion, and beautify the landscape, Timber Press, 2022. This is one I didn't know I'd been waiting for, and I think it's going to change my garden. I must confess I've never paid much attention to ground covers before. […]

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October 5, 2022
Christmas presents for flower gardeners

Am I the first to remind you of Christmas? I doubt it since when I last popped into the garden centre the trees were up and decorations for sale. While it might seem early to be thinking presents, if there's a flower gardener on your list and you'd like to give something a little out […]

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September 28, 2022
Alternatives to floral foam and making a flower grid

 I haven’t used floral foam for years, and was surprised to find, given everything we know about its contribution to microplastic pollution, that it is still available, and still frequently used by florists. Although so far no one has come up with anything quite so effective, I still wouldn't ever use it again, and there […]

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September 21, 2022
The Crevice Garden

Review of Kenton Seth and Paul Spriggs,The Crevice Garden: How to make the perfect home for plants from rocky places. Filbert Press, 2022. Although I’ve gardened for well over thirty years, I’d never encountered a crevice garden until I went on the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s gardening tour this past summer. One of the standout […]

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