Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Understanding Shade

Shade gardens can be glorious and to make full use of the shade you garden offers you must first understand shade itself.

Light or Dappled shade, is bright enough that most plants will grow there, even those that claim to need full sun. In this case, the sunlight moves across the garden and never stays in one place for long.

Open shade may be found in that small space beside your garage or shed that has a northern exposure. The light there is bright but it rarely receives any direct sun.

Medium shade this is the drawing line between plants that will accept shade and those that do not. Usually found under small trees or near decks and stairwells, for example.

Deep shade allows no obvious sunlight to enter where trees, fences and buildings block the view. This is the home of some ivies and mosses.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Gardening: Where the will exists so does a way.

Where there is a will there is a way.Gardeners are among those who lend the truth to this old adage.
If you want to grow something, anything, be it fruit, flowers, herbs, or vegetables and have even the smallest space you can do so. It is all a matter of determination, knowledge, and design.
A single pot of geraniums on the stairs leading up to your apartment, a community garden plot, a backyard, side yard or front yard garden; containers on balconies, decks, and patios; all are ways people express their desire to grow plants.
Ingenuity will see you through.
More in next week's Campbellton Tribune.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Flowers That Send a Message of Love.

When it comes to saying I love you;
The Acacia blossom represents concealed love and chaste love while Arbutus says I only love you. The Aster is the symbol of Love and daintiness. The red Chrysanthemum says I love you while a yellow Chrysanthemum speaks of a love slighted.
The Daffodil tells the receiver that he or she is the only one and the Daisy refers to loyal Love.
Forget-Me-Nots stand for true Love.
The Maidenhair fern speaks of the secret bond of love and the gardenia is given to a secret lover.
Love, at first sight, is signified by the Gloxinia while Ivy is the acknowledgement of marriage.
Orchids represent Love and Beauty.
The red rose says I love you and a red tulip is a declaration of love.

Two Roses: Valentine's Day

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

What is Your Gardening Style?

When it comes to gardening, size does not matter. The garden can be as small as a single container with a cherry tomato and some basil on a tabletop, for example, or vast; that depends upon the available resources (time, money, land) and, of course, the grower’s interest.
There is no shortage of gardening books, websites and gurus to consult with for growing details, ideas, plans.
The secret to a thriving garden is to keep it natural and put the right plant in the right place. However, this hub is not about the how-tos of gardening and gardening design; it is all about style.
When it comes to gardening style there are, for example, formal gardens, Japanese gardens and English Country gardens, among many others.
When I think about style, I think about uniqueness; creating something, whether it is a wardrobe, a living room or a garden that reflects who you are.
Style is not copied from the pages of a fashion magazine or TV show, it comes from having a sense of who you are and what your place in the world is; a realization that you are unique; there may others who resemble you have the same bloodlines and the same likes and dislikes that you do, but there is only one you.
Style is both timeless and adaptable. So is a garden.
The English Cottage Garden with cosmos, hollyhocks and herbs, among others, is one of my favourite garden designs, but if I was to create one, for myself, I look for the plants that reflect me. I wear mostly black so the black hollyhock is a must. Other dark colours would be essential. Naturally, you can not show off the black properly if you do not have white, roses, for example to contrast.
How do you define your gardening style? Well the first step is to determine how much time you have to garden. Then how much space are you going to devote to your garden? The third question is backyard, balcony, container or not? Now what do you like to grow; herbs, flowers, vegetables? Which ones?
When you have the answers to these questions, ask yourself which plants you like and what are your favourite colours? The garden industry has grown significantly over the years and the colours and hues are wide and varied.
Are you looking to create a backyard room space outdoors that reflects your living room, for example? Or are you looking for a bit of the wild right near home?
This is the time to be you and to not worry about what anyone else will think or what the rules are. Let creativity roam free.
There is no need to plant flowers, herbs or vegetables in a square or rectangle. Use a circle, an oval, or go kidney-shaped, just as long as the style suits the gardener.
Some rules, such as tall plants at the back, or in the centre still apply, but this is your garden style it your way, until next week happy gardening.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Excerpt: Houseplants

From upcoming ebook: From My Garden:

"You can increase your plant collection by saving seeds which for some houseplants can take time or through vegetative propagation. Vegetative propagation consists of using a specific part of a plant and encouraging it to form roots of its own."

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ebook Excerpt: Earwigs

The earwig is widely disliked but that is where we go wrong. They will bite but only when they are threatened.
Earwigs, like many bugs, really prefer to remain outside that is where food and shelter is readily found. However, they do make it indoors, usually hitching a ride on humans, clothing, vegetables, newspapers, etc.
The earwig is a reddish-brown and is about 4/5 of an inch (2 cm) long with antennae and a noticeable set of pincers which protrude from the abdomen.
The male of the species has curved pinchers while the females are straight; should you ever find a need to identify the gender of a particular earwig.

They can fly but would rather walk and the night is theirs.

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