Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚And a Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Autumn Rouge™ (Rhododendron Hybrid)

Encore Azalea has introduced Cold Hardy Azaleas. In Zone 6b there are 9 varieties that consistently exhibit solid cold hardiness.

With its beautiful dark green foliage, upright growth and deep red-pink blooms, Autumn Rouge is well suited for backgrounds or hedges.

Bloom Color: Deep red-pink

Height: 4 feet

Spread: 4.5 feet

Bloom Span: 2" across

Bloom Form: Semi-double


  • Border
  • Mass Planting
  • Container
  • Evergreen
  • Specimen
  • Exposure:

  • Light Shade to Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Growth Rate in the Garden:

  • Medium
  • Nature Attraction:

  • Butterflies

  • Friday, October 22, 2010

    October Gardening

    Left: Golden Honey Bunch tomatoes
    Right: Rudbeckia "Goldstrum"

    Left: Coleus Redhead
    Right: Coleus Redhead, closeup

    Left: Ornamental Grasses
    Right: Echinacea 'Summer Sun'

    Left: Yuccas
    Right: Sedum

    Blue Princess Holly

    Left: Hardy Orange Tree
    Right: Fulford Gala Apples

    Left: Hostas & Colchica Ivy
    Right: Honeysuckle

    Left: Panicum Heavy Metal, Miscanthus Morning Light
    Right: Lavender Lady Miniature Rose

    Left: Potentilla Spring Beauty
    Right: English Ivy & Hardy Cyclamen

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    The Toronto Gardener's Journal & Source Book

    This journal is one of the best gifts for the home gardener. It is called "The Toronto Gardener's Journal & Source Book 2011" Although it says Toronto in the title it is actually ideal for gardeners in the Golden Horseshoe.

    There are weekly tips on what to do when in the garden & plenty of space to write what happened in your garden so a specific day.

    It is divided up into sections: Journal, Garden Plan & Records, Photos, Delights & Disappointments & Source Book.

    It would be a great resource to see what was good & not so good in your garden over the past year. We NEVER remember everything!!

    The Toronto Gardener's Journal is available to order on-line at

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    Fence Armor -- Product Review

    Wow, just found a great product. We were at the Landscape Ontario Golden Horseshoe Chapter Chicken Roast last night & there are always door prizes as well as raffle ticket prizes. On the door prize table were boxes of Fence Armor. The girls were told if their number was called for a door prize they were to pick up a box of Fence Armor. Well guess what? DD#2's door prize number was called, & yes she did pick up a box of Fence Armor. I don't think the Sales Rep had seen anyone more excited about this product Fence Armor!

    What is Fence Armor, you ask? Well the wording on the box says it all - Protect your fence posts from damage caused by powered edgers. This is especially good when you back onto a city park. When the city workers weed whip around the perimeter of the park, guess what gets damaged, our wooden fence posts. Yes, we have been told by the Horticultural Technician of the Parks & Recreation department that the city workers are not to weed whip the fence posts but here is the damage done to a block of wood protecting some of the fence post. We have just finished replacing the fence post this block of wood was protecting, it rotted out & the weed whipping of the post did not help. This product is definitely going to help!

    The Fence Armor is very easy to install.  Fencing nails are not included in the Fence Armor kit. For best results stain or water proof untreated posts before installing Fence Armor. Fence Armor is also a Canadian company.

    Fence Armor is a
    vailable at many Canadian Tire, Home Hardware outlets and also at A listing of where to buy Fence Armor is here. (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

    Monday, August 30, 2010

    Guelph Trial Garden 2010 - Bruce's Picks

    These are Bruce's picks from the Guelph 2010 Trial Garden.

    Ageratum Artist Rose


    Caryopteris Snow Fairy

    Eryngium Sunny Jackpot

    Petunia Black Velvet

    Petunia Hurrah Blue Veined

    Petunia Sanguna Blue 11

    Petunia Sanguna Lipstick

    Zinnia Magellan Ivory

    Zinnia Magellan Yellow

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Guelph Trial Garden 2010 - Juleigh's Picks

    These are Juleigh's picks from the Guelph 2010 Trial Garden.

    Echinacea PowWow
    Left - White: Right - Wild Berry

    Verbena Aztec 'Blue Velvet'

    Echinacea 'Magnus'
    Still a great looking & performing plant.

    Amaranthus Mira
    This plant will never make it into our garden, Bruce calls it 'old fashioned' but I think it is cool looking!!

    Hibiscus Luna Rose

    Rudbeckia Goldsturm
    Still a great performing plant!!

    Echinacea Summer Sorbet

    Kniphofia Peachy Cheaks

    Verbena Empress Red

    Echinacea Warm Color Shades

    Brassica Lucir White
    Another plant that will not make it into our yard but is rather cool looking!

    Cyperus King Tut
    We have this in our 'Instant Water Garden' (a water garden in a container)

    Calibrachoa Caberet Deep Blue

    Echinacea Razzmatazz
    Still the ugliest plant on earth!!
    You can tell I do not like Razzmatazz. Doesn't the plant look ratty??