June 9, 2018

Peach trees, Prunus persica, are originally believed to have come from China to the Mideast through the trade routes known to extend to Turkey and Iran (Persia). The peach seeds could be used to plant and grow trees throughout North Africa and Europe and finally were i...

June 9, 2018

Houseplants bring a little bit of nature indoors-a beautiful touch of green that's not only soothing but that softens hard lines and glaring light in home or office. They can even improve indoor air quality.

"Houseplants can be a natural way to decorate your home," sa...

June 9, 2018

Are you looking for a way to add to your garden dcor? Want something everlasting, nature-based or stylized? There are many things that you can add to your outdoor living space to make it comfortable and inviting and still provide you with few hours of work on maintenan...

June 6, 2018

When most think of flowers the image that comes to mind is that of a rose. A rose can be used to express any kind of emotion. It can indicate love or it can denote sadness. It can bring a peace of mind or it can excite the receiver.

Little wonder that most of us want...

June 6, 2018

Because of the many seeds found in pomegranate fruits, they were regarded as a symbol of fertility by the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Greek writer, Homer, wrote about pomegranates growing at Syracuse, on the island of Sicily. The Bible of the Hebre...

June 6, 2018

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for centuries for both cooking and medicinal purposes.  Known as the ‘stinking rose’ and Russian penicillin, its medicinal purposes have been documented for centuries and have always been a popular remedy for colds, coughs, and sor...

June 5, 2018

There are few things more exciting for gardeners at this time of year than dreaming of new plants.  I’ll focus on a few of the better plants in the next few weeks but let’s start with the best example of new breeding.


Our old North American native friend Echinacea or p...

June 5, 2018

Blue flowers are some of the most striking plants around and can add a rich splash of color to any garden.  Plant them in a cluster of all blue or mix them in with other flowers for a rainbow of color.

When planting flowers, it is important to remember to follow the i...

June 5, 2018

Sometimes, you will want to be able to walk on part of your garden without walking on the grass, essentially creating a floored area at one end of the garden and perhaps also a path through it. The most common way of doing this used to be concrete patios, but they are...

June 4, 2018

Known as common garden chives, Allium schoenoprasum, can be grown indoors and out.  Chives are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, and calcium.  They are grown for the flavour of their leaves, which is reminiscent of onion, although much milder.  Both the stems and li...

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