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Bloom Report – December 3 2021

We are pleased to share our most recent Bloom Report, with photos and news from the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.…

SHRUB: Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea)

This compact shrub is indigenous to woodland edges, prairies, and roadsides throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic.* Although somewhat slow to…

Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Emma Williams

Bruce Langridge chats to one of Wales’ leading mycologists Emma Williams. She tells how a visit to the National Botanic…

Flowerpot Podcast – the One with Angharad Phillips

Bruce Langridge chats to Angharad Phillips about the landscape restoration that has attracted thousands of visitors to the National Botanic…

Flowrepot Podcast – The One with Gary Davies

Bruce Langridge chats to the Head of Trustees at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Gary Davies. They discuss how…

Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Thomas McBride

Bruce Langridge chats to Nottingham University student Thomas McBride about his year’s placement at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.…

Flowerpot Podcast – The One with Kathryn Thomas

Bruce Langridge chats to Kathryn Thomas about the work she’s been doing to improve the biodiversity of land managed by…

Visit California: December Events in California

Excerpt: Explore the decorated—and fascinating—house and gardens of this 1917 country estate in San Mateo County, 30 miles south of…

Secret San Francisco: This Enchanted Garden Is One Of The Bay’s Most Beautiful Holiday Light Displays

Excerpt: Filoli Estate and Gardens are dripping with thousands of breathtaking lights!Holidays at Filoli is one of the Bay Area’s…

It’s time to winterize your garden – Here’s how

As the days grow cooler and shorter and flowers fade, there are still tasks for the home gardener. Whether you…

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Great resources!

Here are some fantastic resources from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.…

Veggie Bites – Seedlings

Veggie Bites – Seedlings

As the days have been getting longer, I have been monitoring my…

Christmas Gift Plants Suggestions

Christmas Gift Plants Suggestions

Perhaps you have a gardener in your life and would like to…

“Raising” a Garden takes a Village – Part 1/2

“Raising” a Garden takes a Village – Part 1/2

By Catherine Lee, humble Master Gardener in Training After recently retiring from…

The Fight Against Japanese Beetles

The Fight Against Japanese Beetles

By Linda Peacock, Master Gardener, SCMG I live in Clearview Township between…

Featured Plants

Common Zinnia

Common Zinnia

Zinnias are beautiful flowers that are great for butterfly gardens. They are one of the easiest flowers to grow, as…

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Marsh marigold is one of the first signs of spring with its bright yellow flowers in wet soils. The flowers…

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

Wild bergamot is a drought tolerant prairie perennial that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. It flowers in the summer. The…

Red Oak

Red Oak

The Red Oak contains acorns which are edible following a procedure of boiling or soaking to remove tannins (plant compounds…

Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches is a true spring woodland ephemeral species. It flowers early in the spring when sunlight hits the woodland…

Snowberry

Snowberry

The Snowberry is a great addition to many types of landscapes or gardens as an ornamental shrub, as it is…

On treating Bugs – Good and Bad

Pollinator DNA with Biologists from Randolph Macon

Pollinator DNA with Biologists from Randolph Macon

In a crime with no witnesses, investigators rely on forensics and DNA to figure out what happened. Turns out, pollinator…

How Smart Are Bumblebees?

How Smart Are Bumblebees?

We often wonder about how smart certain non-human animals are, including bumblebees. There are numerous creatures whose intelligence is on…

Ontario increases provincial support under AgriStability

Ontario increases provincial support under AgriStability

The Government of Ontario has moved ahead with increasing the compensation rate for AgriStability from 70 to 80 per cent…

Spinosad Insect Spray: A Great Find For Organic Gardeners

Spinosad Insect Spray: A Great Find For Organic Gardeners

It can be hard to keep insect pests under control without harming beneficial garden insects. Spinosad insect spray is a great…

Governments Providing Additional Supports for Ontario Beekeepers

Governments Providing Additional Supports for Ontario Beekeepers

 The Governments of Canada and Ontario are launching a new targeted beekeeper intake to support and strengthen the health of…

2021 is my “Year of the Bugs”

2021 is my “Year of the Bugs”

No matter how much I learn about the garden, there’s always more to know. To plug the (many!) gaps in…

Plant Scale Insects – Removing Scale Bugs On Plants Indoors and Out

Plant Scale Insects – Removing Scale Bugs On Plants Indoors and Out

Plant scale insects come equipped with piercing/sucking mouthparts and are widespread around the world. There are over 8000 types of…

Christmas Gift Plants Suggestions

Perhaps you have a gardener in your life and would like to give them a plant or perhaps…

Veggie Bites – Planting Vegetables

Veggie Bites – Planting Vegetables

It is not too early to be planting some vegetables such as peas, chard, kale, beets, and lettuce.…

Veggie Bites – Seedlings

Veggie Bites – Seedlings

As the days have been getting longer, I have been monitoring my little seedlings and decided it was…

Veggie Bites – Colour in my garden

Veggie Bites – Colour in my garden

Colour is coming back to my garden. The crocuses are jewel-like in the early morning, the bloodroot opens…

Preparing Garden for Winter

Preparing Garden for Winter

Just as I prepare to stay warm this winter, I also need to prepare the garden for the…

Pollinators

Wasp Removal: Issues and Natural Methods

Wasp Removal: Issues and Natural Methods

The need for wasp removal is directly proportional to how often they bother you. Or a wasp nest in a bad spot is “Wasp stings waiting to happen”. This summer,…

Veggie Bites – Monarch Waystation

Veggie Bites – Monarch Waystation

You will need milkweed for a Monarch Waystation; however, I know of people who are allergic to milkweed and find it difficult to be in close contact with the plant.…

Trees for Bees

Trees for Bees

Friends of the Earth have published a poster titled “Trees for Bees”. Check it out! The post Trees for Bees first appeared on Stratford and area Master Gardeners.

The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies and How to Prevent their Declines

The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies and How to Prevent their Declines

Butterflies and moths have been around for millions of years. They used to be a common sight in gardens, but numbers have declined since the 1940s along with our other native…

The story of my pollinator garden

The story of my pollinator garden

I’m not exaggerating when I say that creating this pollinator garden is one of the best decisions I ever made, and that it has changed my life. You can read…

Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee

Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee

The post Rain Garden Attracts New Species at Risk Bumble Bee appeared first on Royal Botanical Gardens.

Pollinator DNA with Biologists from Randolph Macon

Pollinator DNA with Biologists from Randolph Macon

In a crime with no witnesses, investigators rely on forensics and DNA to figure out what happened. Turns out, pollinator science is not much different. For Randolph-Macon College Professors Drs.…

Special Interests

How To Keep Your Water Garden Healthy

After spending the time and resources to build my water garden, I wanted to ensure that my investment would continue to provide a clean and…

Book Review: The Overstory

Book Review: The Overstory

I just finished reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. I highly recommend it to any gardener who would typically hold a set of values related…

5 Things You Need to do to your Pond for Spring

5 Things You Need to do to your Pond for Spring

Spring is coming at us fast, and I can’t wait for it to get here (and not only because my kayak paddle is in the…

How to plant frogbit in your water garden: the complete guide

How to plant frogbit in your water garden: the complete guide

Since the past few weeks, whenever I tended to my water garden, I felt like something was missing. The water surface seemed a very wide…

Keep Your Pond Healthy When You Got a Late Start

Keep Your Pond Healthy When You Got a Late Start

Distractions happen, and things fall to the wayside. This year we were in the process of getting a new 2-acre pond ready for prime time,…