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Shauna's blog

How to Layer Bulbs

A great way to plant bulbs in containers is to Layer them. In addition to creating stunning combinations, layering your bulbs can also extend the length of bloom time for your container when you choose early, mid and later blooming bulbs. You'll be impressed with how much impact one container can.... well, contain :)

Bulb layering is such a simple technique, but each fall I get lots of question about how to do this, so I thought it was a great thing to tell you about this month. So get your Autumnal Garden Groove on and let's layer that container!

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Growing Great Garlic!

Growing garlic is very satisfying. Simply to be able to harvest your garlic for cooking is such a great feeling. I've always thought it would make a great appetizer for a dinner party to oven roast a bunch of different varieties and taste test them with a baguette and a glass of wine. Then you could languish over the subtleties of flavours of Mexican Purple, Rocambole or Metechi. You may just find that you don't need to pick one favourite; that having a variety is much more fun. Garlic is very easy to grow so if you haven't tried growing garlic before make this the year you do.

Fall is the very best time to plant garlic.  I say "very" best because you can still plant in the spring if you missed out on fall planting, but planting in autumn will give your garlic the optimal season for growing.

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Bringing that Beachy Feeling to Your Garden

Are you feeling beachy?  Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the ways we are reminded to take care of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Whenever I get this beachy feeling, it makes me want to bring a little of the beach home to celebrate it in my garden. 
 
A few years ago my brother and his wife were landscaping their new home. The yard had an irrigation system through most of the front and back yard but not within a narrow side strip of space alongside their driveway measuring about 6' by 15'. They asked me for my ideas for a low maintenance garden bed; then they told me that one idea they had come up with was a rock and driftwood garden with ornamental grasses. I thought that they already had the best idea possible so we set to work making plant choices and layout. 
 
We came up with a mixture of three types of ornamental grass, berried plants for fall and winter interest and a few other complimentary flowering perennials and shrubs. Working in multiples of threes and fives; the colour scheme was blond and blue grasses, rosy-pink berries and flowers with driftwood and round rocks to create a perfect low maintenance beachy garden. Read More

Growing Great Raspberries

In the Spring of 2012, Nigel and I put in a raspberry patch. We built three raised beds about 3 feet wide by 8 feet long. It was funny at the time because we had worked all day on our little project and round about 4 in the afternoon I went to get us a little refreshment.  When I came back across the lawn I looked out to the 3 beds and suddenly realised that they looked, more than a little, like 3 graves. It was also Easter Weekend.

We had a good laugh over this and chuckled that perhaps we should have taken a step back somewhere in the building process to look at the complete picture. Never mind they look great now and the raised beds are working really well.

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Micro Irrigation for Your Hanging Baskets & Containers

Even the most beautiful of hanging baskets only stay that way with regular watering and one of the easiest ways to provide this is with a micro irrigation system such as a Raindrip Container Kit.  Most of our customers are a bit nervous about doing it themselves but soon find that it is such an easy system to install they wonder why they didn't do it summers ago.  I understand their feelings completely as I am fully aware that this kind of installation felt outside of my skill set but I too was impressed with just how simple it was.

The kit can be installed with or without a timer but if you like to be away in the summer a timer is much more reliable than the kid next door.  Let's face it, the kid doesn't garden and doesn't really know a flower from a weed (and also does not reading gardening columns so will not have hurt feelings).

One of the best things about the Container Kit is that it gives you everything you need to get started but you can also add to it later.  This means you don't need to get overwhelmed in the details.  When I first got started with my system, I began with a very simple drip system for a few hanging baskets.     

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Peonies

Peonies bloom from late Spring to early Summer.  They come in an extensive range of colours including many pink shades as well as red, fuchsia, peachy-pink, yellow and white.  They also differ in form; from fully double bomb types to the delicately simple singles and many unique forms in between; such as Peony 'Sorbet' which looks like a delicious scoop of sorbet ice cream on saucer-shaped petals. The lacy foliage of peonies is also quite lovely, enhancing the garden throughout the summer, and finally turning shimmery plum shades in the fall.  Peonies are extremely winter-hardy and deer resistant.

There are three main groups of peonies:-

Garden Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) these are your granny's mind-blowing, beautiful peonies that grow between two and three feet tall and die back to the ground each fall. Granny would be impressed to see the range of colours and forms available today. All gorgeous! Garden Peonies also make excellent cut flowers so be sure to have a few extra to cut and bring indoors.

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Fairy Gardens

Try your hand at a fairy or gnome garden. Use any container you like, some tiny plants, a few stones and a couple of decorations. The children who visit your garden will love you for it!

for the kid in your life or the kid in you... 

use a pot, a dish, a stump or an unused corner of the garden...

use some small leave plants, some stones and a few decorations...

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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

I remember about a bunch of years ago my sister, Alana, was in town for the weekend and visiting me for the day. We had decided to spend our time together planting daffodil and tulip bulbs into containers and in the garden as well as some paperwhites and an amaryllis for indoor Christmas blooms. We were just getting started when she remarked that she loved gardening with me because I had "all the good tools". Gloves that kept her finger nails clean, a shiny stainless steel trowel that didn't bend and pruners that were of excellent quality and were a pleasure to use.

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November in the Garden

I love fall!  The joy of being outdoors and enjoying how beautiful the natural world is. With the trees cloaked in their fall colour, why not take a bit more time to enjoy your garden. I recently read that,

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Bulbs... What's New for Fall Planting

Fall is an interesting time for gardeners.  It's both a time for looking back at the recently passed gardening season and a time of looking forward to next year's possibilities.  No plantings speak to this feeling better than planting spring blooming bulbs.  After all, once you tuck them into the soil in October, smooth the soil back over them, there is no sign of the promise to come.  The garden sleeps through the winter and when spring arrives little sprouts begin to push their way out of the earth bursting into glorious colourful blooms that announce, "Spring is here!"

Gardeners are optimists by nature.  We plan, we plant, we hope, we care for and we watch in wonder as seeds become food, saplings become majestic shade trees and tiny bulbs become burst of spring colour that brighten our day.   

Shauna

New and Interesting Bulbs for Spring 2014 

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