Saturday, December 16, 2017

Putting the garden to bed for winter and I need help

Oh my, time once again to put the garden to bed for winter. Kew has mighty forklifts to place heavy citrus box planters into storage. But I have my own heavy-lifting apparatus - my son, Peter, who comes, without complaining every October, to help me lift heavy pots of tender plants into their winter quarters where they will be protected...

How beautiful to sight those beams of morning play

Don’t you just love seeing heavenly beams of sunlight. I started taking photos of them when I was in South Africa recently and have not stopped snapping shots whenever I see them. The beams always remind me of evocative Turner skies or the swirling spiritual skies of El Greco. But I also always think of these wonderful words by Housman...

Italy Islands and Lakes Tour 2018 – NOW SOLD OUT

October 6, 2017Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of our 15-day Italy Islands and Lakes Tour for May 6 to 20, 2018. THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT.There is no other tour like this being offered anywhere. It is one of a kind - unique in design, pacing and content.The tour will start in Lugano, Switzerland, where...

Can you repeat that – it looks so good, just keep doing it

Visual repetition always catches my eye. I love it when it is done well. In the garden, it is a very clever way to create rhythm and add impact. On Beatty Street in Vancouver this week, I found this repetitive planting of variegated Carex ‘Ice Dance’ grasses used in a series of rectangular concrete planters placed to divide the...

Oh no, Namaqualand has no flowers! This is a big disappointment

Namaqualand, one of the world’s top landscape wonders for majestic spring flower displays, is in the grip of the worst drought in 100 years. As a result, there are few, if any flowers. It is a total waste of time coming to Namaqualand right now to see blooms - there are none. I spent all day scouring the landscape here with...

Garden Tour Reunion Party was a blast with lots of fun memories

The Garden Tours Reunion Party on Sept 2 - a celebration of the 22 garden tours I have led over the past nine years - was a big success. Eight-two people attended the event at the Shadbolt Centre at Deer Lake in Burnaby, next door to one of the nicest gardens in the Lower Mainland, Century Garden. The Cory Weeds Trio...

Why my garden deserves a much better gardener

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You might think I am making excuses, but I'm pretty sure all the problems I have with my garden today can be traced back to the fact that I wasn’t here to do work when it needed to be done in spring. I was away in the UK all of May and the first part of June and when I...

Do hostas look better with or without their flowers?

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Do hostas look better with or without their flowers? Many people don't like the flowers and cut them off the moment they appear on their long stalks. Other love the flowers and would never think of cutting them when they are their peak. It really comes down to a matter of taste. But the conflict of whether to cut or not to...

Japanese courtyard a lovely addition to Agnes Mendoza’s East Vancouver garden

I remember the first time I met Agnes Mendoza. It was back in 2004. I was driving west along McGill in East Vancouver when I spotted this garden at the corner of Slocan. I had noticed it once before but this time it had grown considerably. I stopped and went and knocked on the door of the house and Agnes...

Next stop, Cape Town, South Africa for a 15-day tour

In September, I will be heading back to Cape Town, South Africa, to lead my second garden tour there. In 2012, I led a tour out of Cape Town along the Garden Route, calling at Stellenbosch and Knysna on route before leaving the Western Cape to jump over to Durban and Swaziland and on to Johannesburg. This time, we will...

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