Poinsettia History & Care

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Poinsettias have been synonymous with the holiday season for years. But how did these vibrant, crimson flowers become Christmas staples? There is a Mexican legend (Poinsettias originate from Mexico), that goes like this: A poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. Her name was Pepita and… Read more »

Deer Proofing for Winter

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There has to be few things more frustrating than watching deer munch your favorite shrubs all winter long. Deer are attracted to tender shoots as a food source. Although we can never stop deer completely, we can slow them down. There are a few measures that can be taken in autumn to discourage browsing listed… Read more »

Winter Protection for Roses

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Roses are beautiful.  We have some wonderful hardy roses available to us from the “Explorer”, “Parkland”, and “Canadian Artist” series.  They require little winter protection and generally winter over well in Alberta.  For more information on hardy roses for Alberta check out this link to our blog on Alberta & Roses. For floribunda and English… Read more »

Haskaps : Who They Are & How to Care for Them

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Haskaps are a fairly new player on the food gardening scene, originating from the likes of Siberia, China, Russia, and Japan.  Haskaps are also known as Honeyberries, resembling sweet blueberries in taste and in appearance. The word haskap is Japanese for ‘lonicera’.  Lonicera is familiar to the perennial world because we know this as the… Read more »

Fall Care of Gladiolus bulbs

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By this time of year, summer Gladiolas will be ready to come out of the garden.  Bonnie & Lucy have graciously shared their expertise with us about how they prepare the corms for overwintering. Either after the first frost or near to it, dig out the corms, giving them a generous berth so they don’t… Read more »