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Spring garden

New gardeners like to complain about the weather. New Englanders like to complain about the weather, too, but this year, it really has been a perfect spring, at least in New England, and at least for plants. What is a “perfect spring”? A long, slow and gradual thaw with few extreme swings. I might add…

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Rare Annuals and Gardens

My new border garden is about as complete as it can be, but like all good garden designs, it takes a lot of time to develop the design. This urn is temporary until I find suitable objects to centre the design and still need to set out the walkway, will probably use gravel, pea stones…

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Our plant trial garden

Last Friday night was one of the highlights of my life. The grand opening of our new 5,000 sq. ft. experimental garden in our arboretum, the Plantery. This project has been in the works since we applied for a $30,000 grant from the Centre for Applied Research and Rural Innovation last fall. We requested funds…

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How to Grow the Night Phlox?

Remember the first time you saw Zaluziantkya – pronounce it in your head before daring to say it out loud. Once you’ve mastered the pronunciation of the word, you’ll love saying it over and over again like a two year old. And because the pronunciation is really funny, haha, you’ll impress your friends. Although Zaluzianskya…

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Planting annual vines

For the past two years I have been experimenting with growing a variety of annual vines in containers, trying about 8-10 different varieties of the most common annual vines each year. As you may have discovered for yourself, annual vines like petunias, while beautiful and easy to germinate, can and do grow so fast and…

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Yellow morning glory

The rare yellow petunia Ipomoea hederifolia var. yellows was a new discovery for me this year. It does have yellow tubular flowers, which I love, but it quickly outgrew its container and I had to plant it in the garden.Spanish flag vine, always a favourite of mine. I mean, come on, Ober! It looks almost…

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