Winter Gardening

Quince Blossoms
Winter Gardening

West Coast snowstorms can be devastating to our precious shrubs and trees. It is recommended to shake or brush your plants off as gently as possible during every snow event until your trees and shrubs are established. Established is when plants are more capable of coping with the weight of snow and ice – when their branches are tougher and less brittle/bendy.

Personally, my garden is nine years old and I still brush my Japanese Maple collection during every snow event. A gentle swish with a nylon broom is all that it takes to secure my beauties and I might do this two to three times a day if required.

What else can you do other than shovel and sweep?

Birds:  the birds need fresh water. Our resident Towhee was trying to chip away at the dog bowl this morning and I realized how tough this winter must be. Our garden is designed to feed the birds during the winter but fresh, daily water is a must going forward.

Seed Catalogues:  need a break from your Netflix binge? Order your seed catalogues and start planning on some veggies and herbs. West Coast Seeds is a favourite BC company, and William Dam Seeds from Ontario have an excellent organic selection. Both have user-friendly websites as well.

When are we opening?  We are here if you need anything, but the doors will be open by the first week of March, unless it snows.

Best wishes,
Cassandra

April 2017

April 2017

Has Spring Sprung?

This is the coldest, wettest spring that any of us youngsters can remember.    After slopping through mud for the last month and a half, things might be looking up.   At least the Magnolias have started to flower, showing us that it is time to get on with things.

Garden Tip for Wet April

Veggie gardening will be very delayed this season. If you have planted your early crops you might consider reseeding as there is a good chance that your seeds will have rotted after the first sowing.
Sow again soon as the weather will be warmer and germination will be quicker. It is also a good time to do some lawn fixing, including reseeding and fertilizing.

Events and Sales in the Garden Centre

New Stock! 

We receive 5 – 8 trucks a week during this part of the season and deliveries will remain at a steady pace until the end of May. We have some beautiful new varieties of Rhododendron, Bare Root Fruit Trees and Roses.

Honey Butter Rhododenron looking all buttery.

Basket Making is in full swing, still lots of time to get your custom bookings in and remember that we do give you a discount if you bring in your hanging basket containers – they must be emptied of soil and plants please.

Bidens
Bidens looking so smugly at a grey sky.

50% off Ugly Plant Sale. 
Yes, it is delayed this year. The sale starts April 15th and lasts until the supply is gone. We select about $1000 worth of inventory every year that isn’t perfect, but it is healthy. We sell it at 50% off regular pricing – no warranty, exchanges or returns…because it is a good deal.

Staffing 

We are so proud to announce that our Emily and Maddie have both completed Level Two of the Hortiultural Technician Red Seal – both with exemplary grades. Come on in and congratulate them – and then ask a really technical horticultural question.

Emily B  and Maddie G
☺ Emily B and Maddie G these ladies are sunshine!

So in summary, it is time to garden, time to be grateful that our rivers, wells and aquifers are all recharging at a steady rate.

Happy spring,
Cassandra