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Paul’s Plant Pick: Does it Flower all Season Long?

Paul’s Plant Pick: Does it Flower all Season Long?

One of the comments I most frequently hear when I do presentations or lead a garden tour is, ‘‘I want a perennial that blooms all season.’’ Personally, this has never been a real selling...

Posted in: Paul's Plant Picks, Perennials

Paul’s Plant Pick: Beauty before Flowers

Paul’s Plant Pick: Beauty before Flowers

Echinacea ‘Solar Flare’ in the Entry Garden Walk I find it very exciting to watch flower buds develop and emerge through the foliage in the garden. Such is definitely the case with coneflowers...

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Nature Mom: Leaving the Stuff Behind

Nature Mom: Leaving the Stuff Behind

Every year on the Canada Day weekend, my family of five gets together with my extended family at our cottage on Georgian Bay. Seven cousins, all 7-years-old or younger, and eight adults pile in....

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Paul’s Plant Pick: <i>Penstemon</i> ‘Dark Towers’

Paul’s Plant Pick: Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’

This week’s beautiful, but dark, star in the garden. Last Friday, as I walked through the gardens I was joined by a number of American Goldfinches darting about, a song sparrow singing its...

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Nature Mom: Simple Saves the Day

Nature Mom: Simple Saves the Day

Last week, I had a less than stellar parenting day. My 7-year-old daughter and I were going at it, head to head. There were lots of frustrating “can'ts, don’ts and won'ts” … mainly coming...

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Paul’s Pick: Patience and Good Pruning

Paul’s Pick: Patience and Good Pruning

“Wow” and “is it real” are two expressions I have heard repeatedly over the past week as visitors enter the Floral Hall courtyard. They are referring to the breathtaking Wisteria vine that...

Posted in: Paul's Plant Picks, Shrubs, Trees & Vines

Garden Destinations: Mainau: Germany’s Garden Island Paradise

Garden Destinations: Mainau: Germany’s Garden Island Paradise

Mention an island paradise, and most of us picture a sunny beach somewhere in the tropics where palm trees sway and a piña colada is the drink of the day. Mainau Island isn’t that kind of place....

Posted in: Garden Destinations with Veronica, Garden Travel

Nature Mom: My Family and Beautiful Bees

Nature Mom: My Family and Beautiful Bees

Jonni, my husband, grew up in urban South Africa and moved to Toronto when he was 18. His relationship with nature is unique for someone from a big city. (His first summer here he scratched his head...

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Bulb of the Month: Pineapple Lilies (<i>Eucomis</i> spp.)

Bulb of the Month: Pineapple Lilies (Eucomis spp.)

Here’s another bulb that anyone can grow yet never fails to draw admiring comments and praise for your horticultural prowess. There are two varieties of Eucomis, which is native to South Africa....

Posted in: Dugald's Bulb of the Month, Flower Bulbs, news

Paul’s Plant Picks: One of the many shining spring stars in the gardens, <i>Narcissi</i> ‘Rip Van Winkle’

Paul’s Plant Picks: One of the many shining spring stars in the gardens, Narcissi ‘Rip Van Winkle’

The recent warm temperatures and bright sunny days have resulted in an explosion of blooms throughout the gardens.  There are new surprises to delight with each passing day and in some instances...

Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Paul's Plant Picks

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