"Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ is one of those charming
plants that endears itself to the gardener because of its
diminutive form. It is half the size of the cultivars previously
mentioned yet seems to retain all of their desirable
Often little thought is given to this very precious and important resource and consequently one can spend years correcting soil related problems caused during construction while trying to establish a landscape....
I will spend the year completing an MSc in Plant
Conservation (seed banking) and a foundation year for a
PhD. Hence the term sabbatical and rest again....
By following these simple steps, your annual display should
pay dividends and reward you with an exotic display that is
the showcase of the neighborhood....
The annual scene was once passé; it was the fools that planted Marigolds
and Petunias, Cosmos and Portulacca. The refined and knowledgeable individual pursued the perennial, the tree and the shrub with passion and dedication....
Although the tree may appear mature when purchased it is
essentially in its infancy until it is fully rooted into the native soil.
Success with newly planted trees can be ensured by following
a few simple steps....
"People have the ability to garden almost anywhere. In my
travels, to remote parts of the world, there is a desire to grow
plants even where local soils will not support the practice. The
locals simply grow them in containers where almost any vessel
is found as a suitable pot for that prized plant...."
"The cottage garden is a challenge; we often have to
deal with minimal maintenance, dry rocky soils, windy venues
and occasional wildlife problems, yet we want it to look good so
that we can enjoy it...."
"To ensure that your dream home is really your dream home, enhanced by a beautiful verdant landscape..." Originally published in 'HOME' Magazine.
The idea behind wrapping or dressing evergreens is quite simple, by enclosing a plant in a cloth tent or cover, less foliage is exposed to drying winter winds reducing stress and ensuring happy healthy plants greet you in the spring....
Garden urns and planters can be further enhanced with a little creative dressing. Using material from the garden, that would otherwise be under the cover of snow, you can seasonalize and theme your landscape.
Putting plants together is one of the greatest
challenges facing the gardener. There are so many
variables that must be considered....
"I am not favoured amongst industry peers when I discuss my opinions of the Norway Maple..." Originally published in The London Free Press
Colour is a matter of eye and acceptance, what is good for
one person and garden may not be acceptable elsewhere....
"All I want for Christmas is my Felco Secateurs..."
"Dwarf evergreens are an oddity in our landscapes. These
miniature versions of their stately cousins are often viewed
as ‘genetic freaks’ which in actuality, for most of them,
Landscaping in this climate has severe limitations, water, heat, soils, plant availability, dust and of course the ongoing maintenance in such a dramatic climate....
flushing these toxic salts
from the soil, you are also
washing the dust from their
leaves. Leaves have pores,
called stomata, which can
"It really does not matter if you plant Icicle Pansies or ordinary Pansies, if you follow a few simple steps you are almost assured of success both in the autumn and spring...."
"Neighbours watch and wait, and
shout across the street “that’s a
lot of leaves you got there”, or the
rare brave individual will volunteer
to offer a leaf rake...."
I am a mulch fanatic, in fact if I had my way I would
mulch the whole world, bare soil would never be
seen amongst the plants....
"We are no longer interested in planting Aunt Betty’s
Peony and are now becoming a nation of gardeners
demanding and expecting much more from our local
"Now that Christmas has passed, what to do with this Winter Rose?"
"The first thing a horticulturist looks for when pruning
is damaged, diseased or dead wood. The three D’s of
"Now there are a few rules you must adhere to if you have
a horticulturist in the family or invite one to dinner...."
"To grow a plant from seed is a miracle that all should
experience. That tiny dried lump has the energy and desire to
become the grandest tree or the most majestic flower...."
"Thailand gives gardeners a reason to smile..." Originally published in 'Landscape Trades' magazine.
"This interest and passion gave birth to a corporate policy that all company properties exemplify the finest in horticultural and landscape management practices..." Originally published in 'Ontario Gardener Beautiful Gardens' magazine.
"Seeds are a wonderful source for developing a new garden. Those with the temperament to grow one's own seeds will find it a rewarding experience..." Originally published in The London Free Press.
"Communities in Bloom is a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride and environmental responsibility through community participation
and the challenge of a national competition...."
"In the hope of encouraging my fellow gardeners to explore new bulb varieties, I will share some of my favourites with you..." Originally published in The London Free Press.
Trees should not be topped but should be crown reduced, making smaller cuts but adhering to proper pruning practices....
A list of trees, classified by height and by form.