Category Archives: Columns

Columns written for a local paper, The Uxbridge Cosmos

2014 10 12 – Winter Interest

I was looking at the pile of plants that I have left to find a home for, trying to plan where everything is going to get planted. While doing this, I’ll often cast a critical eye at some of my … Continue reading

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2013 06 20 – Sonic Bloom Weigelas

Every once in a while, a new plant or series of plants are introduced that change the rules. A few years ago, it was the everblooming lilacs that, once established, bloom throughout the summer. Before that, the Itoh peonies that … Continue reading

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2013 05 27 – I Will Survive

  What a roller coaster ride May was, weather wise. One day it was snowing and then two days later I was in shorts then a week later, wearing a scarf while we gathered up all of the annuals and … Continue reading

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12 10 28 – Fall Pruning

Most of the leaves have fallen and it’s time to start thinking about fall chores. This usually presents a conundrum for most people; should I do it now or should I wait until the spring. Where possible, I prefer to … Continue reading

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2012 08 29 – Spring Bulbs

One of the most overlooked aspects of gardens are spring flowering bulbs which is a shame. I usually incorporate bulbs into a garden when I’m doing a design, even though they can’t be planted at the same time as the … Continue reading

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2012 08 20 Hibiscus

Around this time of year, we get a lot of people coming in saying that there’s no colour in their garden at the moment. It can seem difficult, especially if you do all or most of your planting in the … Continue reading

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2012 05 24 – Itoh Peonies

When I was young, I used to help my mother and my grandmother in their gardens. One of my favourite flowers was the peony and it still is today. I get so excited when the flower buds start to swell … Continue reading

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