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Japan Through The Eyes Of A Canadian Gardener

Posted by Russell Nursery in Design, General, Grasses, Plant Choices

Autumn in Japan may not have the caché of a springtime visit in cherry blossom time, but to a gardener it evokes every bit as much awe and delight.  And we have our own cherry blossom time right here in Victoria, don’t we? Visiting family in Tokyo, I’ve had the pleasure of living the Japanese

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Christmas For Gardeners

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

A few weeks ago, I received one of those forwarded messages, the sort of thing we all dread finding in our Inbox. If I ever get another one of those things that tells me how wonderful I am, how needed and how ‘special’ I am, I think I will gag.  And don’t ever think I’ll

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Amending Your Soil For Winter

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, General, Maintenance

We are all used to a blanket making us cozy and warm in the cold days of winter, but feeding us too? Well that’s what winter mulch can do for your garden; nourish the soil and protect it from rain and freezing temperatures. It may seem mysterious, but really all you need to do is

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Less Is More

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

The buzz these days in the garden world seems to be all about ‘low maintenance’.  It is a concept I fully embrace in many aspects of my life, including my garden. It was my governing mantra as I reworked my front yard last year. It started with a wet basement and ended with the drain

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Some Compost Tea, A Bale Of Straw, And Thou

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, General

With profound apologies to Omar Khayyam; we’ve come a long way since the 11th Century. Compost tea and straw are elixirs for the modern gardener.  Better than that “jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou”?  Uh, maybe not, but much appreciated by your happy plants. Compost tea is just about the easiest thing

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Spring Haircuts for Evergreen Ferns

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

Every spring I look forward to the ritual of cutting back my evergreen ferns. Although it won’t harm them to leave them alone, by cutting off the old growth you make room for the fresh new fronds to show through.  As soon as the soil warms enough to start the new growth, you will notice

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Oh My Aching Back!

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

Laurie may have chosen to ignore her snapweed aka popweed, but I faced it head on and spent 4 hours the other day pulling it out – and that was only the front garden.  Where does it come from?? I’m sure that it wasn’t there last year!  But I’m equally sure that if I hadn’t

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What’s A Weed?

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

By Lynne I recently returned from a trip to visit my family in Australia and, although the people are the primary reason for going, there’s the secondary benefit of seeing all the different flora. So much that is quite unrecognizable, particularly in the way of Australian native plants, but mixed in with the familiar.  A

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Speaking My Mind

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

It’s that time of the year when the various “must have plants for 2011” lists start appearing in plant catalogues and other horticultural resources.  Oh, the pressure is on to have the “right” plants in our gardens and to be “on trend”! Well, we’ve all seen someone wearing the latest fashion and have observed that

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A Rant On Weeping Plants

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

I work at a nursery because I love plants. But not all plants. I have always had this thing against weeping plants. It’s not just middle age angst about all things drooping. Why these pendulous plants have been so carefully selected and cultivated from chance seedlings has always been a mystery to me. Their hang-dog,

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Seedy Saturday in Victoria

Posted by Russell Nursery in General

Nicole This year was Victoria’s 18th annual Seedy Saturday and my 2nd. Upon entering the Conference Centre there was an unmistakable buzz in the air, and it wasn’t the mason bees getting ready to burst forth from their cocoons. It was the people: the volunteers, the vendors and the public. Everyone was excited to be

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