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Amazing art of stone balancing but is it garden sculpture?

Not sure what this has to do with gardening, except that I saw this demonstration at the Chelsea Flower Show in May and was quite amazed. Here you see artist Adrian Grey balancing a very...

Return to Free Spirit to see old friends, buy new plants

It’s been ages since I last saw my friends Lambert and Marjanne Vrijmoed, owners of Free Spirit Nursery on 32nd Avenue in Langley. I’m not sure why we haven’t seen more of each other over...
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This hummingbird was worth waiting for

When I got this fabulous echeveria Blue Rose hanging basket the other day from WIG nursery in Burnaby, Alfred Kwan, the owner, advised me to cut off the flower stalks. "The beauty is in the...

Two new pillars lift my garden to new heights

Well, it certainly looks as if the obsession with honeysuckle pillars that I caught at Powis Castle Garden in North Wales earlier this month has already taken hold in my garden. At the weekend, I...

Who knew Irish gardens could be this exotic and eclectic

When I went to see gardens in Ireland a few weeks ago, I really expected to see pretty much the same kind of plant material we have in our gardens here in Vancouver. I knew...

Love me tender: it’s the hottest new trend in clematis and exotic vines

People don't care anymore when they buy a clematis if it dies at the end of summer. They just want to have good flower impact on their patio, balcony or deck for a few...

Five terrific specialties for your garden

Here are five garden specialties that I stumbled upon while wandering around one of my favourite local nurseries, Western Independent Greenhouses, here in Burnaby. Wired hen composed of houseleeks. This is wire framed chicken is...

Perfect small tree for a home garden

There are dozens of excellent trees for the average sized home garden, but forced to choose just one tree, I would pick this one - the Japanese snowbell tree (Styrax japonicus). It's the perfect...

Gorgeous rose collapses under weight of blooms

My Reine des Violettes old-world rose has collapsed under the weight of abundant blooms and smothered the little wooden bench below. I never expected this rose to produce such an avalanche of flowers, particularly after...

Honeysuckle pillar is a great space-saving idea for all gardens

I have been agonizing over what to do with a space in the garden that has become an eyesore since a large Clematis montana growing over a Viburnum Summer Snowflake collapsed and died over...

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