Forget-me-nots attract American gold finches. (Photos by Robert Ramik)
When planning my garden, I kept birds in mind.
I wanted lots of trees for them to roost in and nest, water for them to drink and bath in, and plants with seeds to feed them.
The feeders are out early in the season to bring them into the garden. Once the forget-me-nots come … [Read more...] about Attracting birds to garden a matter of plantings
Whether grown in a flower bed or in a container, lotus plants flower quickly. (Photos by Laura Grant)
“A symbol of purity, wisdom and spiritual growth, the lotus is a treasured plant, steeped in ancient history,” writes Laura Bancroft, of Ten Mile Creek Nursery.
There are only two species in this genus Nelumbo: nucifera in Asia and lutea in North … [Read more...] about Lotus: beautiful and easy to grow
This columnar crab apple bears a lot of fruit but takes up little space. (Laura Grant)
Sometime in the mid-1960s, Anthony Wijcik from Kelowna British Columbia discovered a McIntosh apple mutant with columnar growing habit, in other words without any major branching. In fact, it was his daughter Wendy that spotted one mutated branch on the 50-year-old … [Read more...] about Genetically dwarfed cultivars easy to grow
Laura Grant explains how to create a floating bog garden. (Photos by Laura Grant)
From the time I was a young child, I was fascinated by the wetlands and the variety of creatures and plants inhabiting them.
Now as an avid gardener, I still find a bog one of my favourite areas of the entire garden. A relatively small area can hold a huge number of … [Read more...] about Creating beautiful bog gardens
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