How to Keep a Garden Journal

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The following article was sourced from BC Living, and written by Jordan McDonald. Garden journals should be sturdy books with room for photos and notes that can be added throughout the year. Depending on your needs, a garden journal can be anything from a record of what you’ve planted and where, a log of failures and successes from year-to-year, a planting calendar for the year ahead, a personal memoir of your accounts with nature and life in the garden, or better yet, all of the above. If you have never tried keeping a garden journal, now is also the perfect… Read More

Winterberry Wonderland

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The following article is sourced from GardenWorks newsletter, written by Scott Pearce. Like the stage lights slowly dimming at the end of a performance, the glorious colours of autumn inevitably fade. A more subtle drama soon takes the stage, with colourful branches, evergreen foliage and glowing berries responsible for lighting the winter landscape. When these same elements are combined and incorporated into planters, it is as if winter has shed its reserved nature – colour and contrast concentrated into bold, dazzling arrangements. Fresh cut winterberry branches are a favourite in winter planters and holiday arrangements. Each bare stem displays dense… Read More

The History of the Poppy on Remembrance Day

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Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. The Poppy Campaign inspires Canadians to Remember. In Canada, the Poppy has stood as a visual symbol of our Remembrance since 1921. However, its presence over the graves of soldiers, and in the fields of honour, was noted as early as the 19th century after the Napoleonic Wars. The reason for its adoption over 100 years later in Canada was due to, in no small part, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and his now famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”. This poem, written in May, 1915 on… Read More

Planting Cool Season Vegetables

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With Fall officially here it is not too late to plant your cool season vegetables! Many vegetables thrive in cool weather, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, and Swiss chard. Any while many fall-harvested crops should be planted in early August to give them enough time to mature, it is not too late to plant some great veggies! Lettuce, spinach, and other greens with a short maturity time can be planted later in the season. Extend the growing season by planting them under floating row covers or cold frames that will shield plants from… Read More

Your October Garden Checklist

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We are already 20 days into October and it is not too late to get your garden all ready for the coming Winter months! Here is your October Garden Checklist so you can make sure that your garden is in great shape come spring! Continue planting spring-flowering bulbs and perennials. As perennials fade, lift and divide them, or label those you want to move or divide in the spring. Clear beds of annuals by the end of the month and add to compost. Dig up dahlias, gladioli and tuberous begonias, label and store in a frost free place. Plant peonies…. Read More

Forcing Indoor Bulbs in October

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With a little bit of planning, it is totally possible to enjoy spring bulbs indoors from December through March. When you are looking to buy bulbs to plant indoors, get a variety of them. You will notice that many bulbs will be labelled ‘good for forcing’ or ‘precooled’. The following bulb varities are excellent for forcing indoors. Hyacinths Paper white narcissus Peter Pan crocus King Alfred / Mount Hood / Pink Glory daffodils Early Giant grape hyacinths Iris reticulata Harmony Bing Crosby / Hibernia / How to force bulbs: Bulbs that are not pre-cooled will need to have 12-15 weeks… Read More

It’s Fall And That Means Time To Clean Up The Garden!

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Autumn has now arrived and that means it is the ideal time to be doing some garden clean up! All the cleaning you do now will benefit you come next Spring — it’s going to save you some major time removing weeds and getting rid of unwanted pests. So what exactly do you need to do? Check out our Fall Cleanup Checklist to help you keep your garden looking great this season. Pull annuals in both flower beds and in pots. Start cutting perennials during fall. Try to get this job done before the heavy Vancouver rains begin. Don’t cut… Read More

Don’t Have a Garden of Your Own? Join a Community Garden!

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Here in Vancouver we are lucky enough to have a lot of community gardens! So even if you don’t have a big back yard of your own to maintain and grow in, there are still community resources out there for you to satisfy your green thumb! The benefits of a community garden are vast. Not only do they allow people to grow and plant in a green space, but studies show that they create greater sense of community, can help alleviate climate change, increase the amount of locally grown food, and even lower crime rates in neighbourhoods. Vancouver has over… Read More

From The Vancouver Sun: How to make summer last longer Here are some strategies for pumping the colour up in your garden for a last hurrah as we head into fall

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Below is a great article from the Vancouver Sun on September gardening that we would like to share! Remember, for help with your garden care and maintenance, contact Bloomingfields! We are happy to help with garden care and design, landscaping, garden clean up, and lawn care. Contact us with any questions! We’re here to help!   Think of September as the time for cool-season gardening. I like to think of it as the second spring. Both terms mean the same thing: It’s a great time to do some real gardening again. Listen to Jennifer Kok of Amsterdam Greenhouses in Pitt… Read More

Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs in September

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Bulbs are some of the easiest and more rewarding plants to grow in the garden. With a small amount of care, many will blossom and multiply over the years. In September, the garden shops start carrying an impressive selection of over 350 different varieties — the majority of which are found in Holland. Most bulbs are sold with great information sheets, including instructions on how and where to plant, blooming times, and a photo of the flower. Once planted, you can sometimes see these bulbs come to life by mid-January in Vancouver. So what is a blub exactly? A bulb… Read More

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