If you don’t already, consider growing native plants in your garden. Plants are considered native if they originated and are growing naturally in a given area; they have adapted to the soils, the regional climate and wildlife – and will continue to survive climate changes like floods, drought, blizzards and frost. The list of benefits, and plants is long – and worth it in the end. Here’s a few reasons why we should all be growing native…
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This time of year, amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.) kits just seems to pop up everywhere, so I decided to finally give it a try.
Amaryllis is easy to grow, low maintenance and provides spectacular blooms during the cold, and sometimes dull, days of winter. So until I can get back outside and play, amaryllis bulbs will be my winter garden project.
Now available in a wide range of colors, the amaryllis originated in South Africa where it continues to grow wild in some areas. Back in the 1800s amaryllis bulbs were quite rare and very costly, but over time hybridizers have created a whole new flock of interesting and inexpensive amaryllis bulbs.
All you need to do is plant the bulb in a good, clean potting soil, leaving the top third of the bulb exposed. I like this one below. When purchased, it comes complete, ready to plant in a plastic lined burlap “pot” with a bag of both potting soil, and sphagnum moss to add a decorative touch and act like a mulch – a nice gift for those that enjoy gardening.
The second picture shows the bulb slightly sticking up through the centre of the moss.
Now all I have to do is water it now and again without overdoing it and in a few weeks I’ll have a stunning floral display. I chose Red Lion – not one of the more unique colors, but I love the vibrant, fire-engine red of the flower. In a few weeks, it should look like the one pictured below – I’ll post it’s progress as it grows.
Keep the amaryllis in a bright spot while growing, but avoid direct sunlight when blooming. Don’t place them in a south facing window; the heat may scorch the plants.
Here’s a few interesting amaryllis flowers:
Samba Lemon Lime Misty
Amputo Monte Carlo Orange
Stratford Garden Festival
Had a fabulous day at the Stratford Garden Festival. It sure was nice to see “spring”. With the winter we’ve had, and the 2 feet of snow still staring back from the yard, we are not quite sure when spring will truly arrive in this area.
There was a great mix of garden and patio ideas, vendors and speakers – something for everyone. And it’s very nice that from year to year there are a few favourites and plenty of new exhibits and people to see.
The greenhouse will be very happy with all the seeds it will be receiving once the weather improves – however I think another raised bed or two is in order to accommodate the amount that I purchased!
A new trend for some gardeners is Fairy Gardening – you’ll see one picture below. It’s all about making a magical, welcome space for garden fairies to visit (or maybe hobbits!) – it’s basically a miniature garden with miniature features and fixtures, even furniture for the little ones to rest on. This was the first year a fairy garden display was at Stratford. (To learn more, search the internet – there’s a ton of information).