Category: Reviews

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 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 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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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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July 12, 2022
Claus Dalby, Containers in the Garden

Review: Claus Dalby, Containers in the Garden, Quarto, 2022 I am sorry not to be more enthusiastic about this book, as I am a great admirer of Claus Dalby. Dalby is a Danish gardening celebrity, but more widely known through his YouTube channel and his Instagram site, both of which I highly recommend. He's a […]

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June 22, 2022
Ranunculus Butterfly

Main image: Photo Adam Ross I’ve always been ambivalent when it comes to ranunculus. I love them as a cut flower, but not so much in the garden: I don't think they merge well with other plants, and mass plantings of ranunculus are too parks and gardens for my taste. Consequently, I’ve always grown them […]

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June 22, 2022
Sarah Raven, A Year Full of Flowers

Review: Sarah Raven, A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for all seasons, Jonathan Buckley photographer, Bloomsbury, 2021. When it comes to Sarah Raven, I’m something of a fangirl, and so it was almost inevitable I would love this book. I know I will never have a garden like the 90-acre Perch Hill, with its herd […]

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