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Passionate about peonies

There’s a reason bride’s love to have peonies in their bouquets and at wedding celebrations. Next to roses, peonies are one of the most romantic flowers, unashamedly soft and delicate and extraordinarily pretty. Pink and white peonies with...

Time to see great gardens in England, Wales and Ireland

Today I am heading to the UK to lead two garden tours in England, Wales and Ireland, starting in Manchester, then to the Lake District and North Wales, then over to Dublin and southern Ireland and...
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Hot new perennials for my sunny border

First thing this morning, I found room for a bunch of new perennials in a sunny spot already home to some ornamental grasses and weigela and burgundy and lime green ninebark. I put in six Coreopsis...

BC garden centres still hoping for big sales

It's been a crippling spring for garden centres in Metro Vancouver. Rain, rain and more rain has kept gardeners indoors. And exceptionally cold weather has put flowering times behind, some say by as much as...
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Fun first week of retirement

  Moving tender plants Moving such tender plants as pelargoniums, aeonium, fuchsia and cold-sensitive sedums out of their protected winter quarters into the garden for summer. Birthday bounty This lovely wateringcan from Ikea was my grandson Jake's gift to...

Quirky garden ideas outside the box

Just to get those creative juices flowing as you step into the garden this spring and think, hey, what can I do that is new and fun and different. Here are a few silly, serious,...

Clematis: the queen of vines

  Will Barron Walter Pennel Serenata Ville de Lyon Sea Breeze Prince Philip Ernest Markham Pamiat Serdsta Candida Bees Jubilee Your guide to clematis Every garden should have a few clematis. I have at least five kinds in different parts of the garden. I used to have...
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Goodbye The Vancouver Sun

April 21 was my last day at The Vancouver Sun, after 38 years, 26 of which were spent writing gardening stories. My last column was in the paper April 22. I am not forlorn, just...

Time to fall in love with rhododendrons

  Williamsianum Taurus Sappho PJM Ken Janeck Cinnabarium Impeditum Hotei Dora Amateis Augustinii 10 OF THE BEST FOR YOUR GARDEN AND WHERE TO GO TO SEE MORE April and May are prime months to see rhododendrons at their best. Since it has been such a cool, sunless...
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Hurrah for Garden Starters

I just received by shipment of "plug plants" packages from Garden Starters, the mail-out service provided by DeVry's Greenhouses, of Chilliwack. This is a new service that allows you to select annuals, herbs and vegetables...

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