Friday, April 24, 2009

Spring Stretch
If you are anything like myself your winter physical activities are limited to snow removal, the occasional skate and less occasional snow shoe excursion. I have no excuses. Although I love to be outdoors I seem to find a gazillion indoor tasks, put off till 'later'. Winter is my hour of 'later'. With this in mind stretching, particularly as we age, is of the utmost importance for your return to outdoor garden activities. For those unfortunate to believe gardening is a chore, stretching may help you change your mind. Gardening can use just about very muscle (especially those that you are unaware of their existence - until you pull one!) Here's some information and stretches recommend from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).
Without the strain & pain, you may find gardening to be more rejuvenating and rewarding!
There's no better gift to yourself and the planet than adding more green.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

For those of us that thought the snow was done, spring was here in true form, April showers, May flowers.......not quite! Several wintery days has left us with over 8 new inches of snow, so heavy my 9ft emerald cedars almost touch the ground. Bent over like exhausted runners at the end of the race but ready to bounce back with a little time and help. If your garden is now blanketed with a carpet of white fluff take comfort in the fact that your spring bulbs and perennials are insulated, waiting again to emerge. The extra snow will also add to the much needed ground moisture plants need for extensive spring growing. The unfortunate victims are the early flowering trees and shrubs whose flower buds where starting to swell in preparation to bloom. Persistent freezing temperatures & ice build up can damage these buds decreasing number of flowers and therefore the number of fruit or berries produced. Not all is doom and gloom! Many plants have adapted to this cycle, but having lots of pollinators (yes that means bees) will help the garden flourish in the long run. I hear the snow melting as I write!

Friday, April 3, 2009

There's no better way to add spring cheer than a fragrant spring planter at your entrance.A basic rule for container making is to use plants with three different forms; spillers ( plants that spill over the containers sides), thrillers (plants that add height and drama) and fillers (plants that are mounding to fill base of thriller). Don't get to crazy with the number of plants, keep it simple instead rely on good proportions with colour and texture. Keep the scale of your plants in mind, i.e. fillers should be approx 1/3 to 2/3 size of the thriller. Your spillers should echo or contrast the colour or texture of the other plants. Plant in good light potting soil, water well and ENJOY!