Come to Canada Blooms for a shot of Spring! While you are there, plan to attend some of the excellent garden talks,
including presentations by Master Gardeners from all over Ontario.
A list of the scheduled speakers and topics can be found by following the link below.
Source: Speakers | Types | Canada Blooms
For more info on the Canada Blooms event: http://canadablooms.com/
“The next best thing to the mid-winter intimacy of the garden brochure is the inspiration of the garden talk, especially when delivered by an authority of Harris’ stature. She’s published 15 books including the encyclopedic Botanica North America.Mississauga’s garden community will have the pleasure of hearing her first speech in several years on Wednesday (Jan. 25) at the Unitarian Church at 7 p.m. when she outlines the ongoing evolution of her own garden in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood….”
Source Mississauga News: It Might as Well Be Spring when Marjorie Harris speaks
For more info on the event: APPLEWOOD GARDEN CLUB SPEAKER EVENT
Porcelain vine from Marie’s November garden
What is it? The best thing about variegated porcelain vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. maximowiczii ‘Elegans’, if you relish a tongue-twister) is its startling berries. Borne in abundance in autumn, they remind me of those tiny speckled Easter eggs, in every shade from palest green and turquoise through to shell pink and amethyst. The height and spread is 3m x 1.5m but I’ve heard of specimens topping 5m each way.
Plant it with? Avoid mixing it with other variegated leaves. It’ll look good twined in with another green-leaved flowering climber. Try the annual cup and saucer vine (Cobaea scandens), or for a perennial, plant with Clematis ‘Warszawska Nike’or ‘Étoile Violette’, both with deep purple flowers.
And where? Think like a clematis. Roots in shade, foliage in the sun. For the best-looking fruit, provide a warm, sheltered spot with poor soil, and restrict the roots by planting it into the ground inside a large pot.
Any drawbacks? It is hardy but it will die back in winter and start back to life in spring. The green flowers produced in July and August don’t amount to much.
What else does it do? Use the beautiful leaves and berries in autumn flower arrangements.
Info courtesy of Jane Perrone, The Guardian
YES, you can grow figs in Canada and even keep them alive over the winter. Here is a good article about the care & feeding of different varieties of figs and options for their winter survival….
From: Growing figs / Tarwanya Blog
“I recently gave away some small fig (Ficus carica ‘Stella’) plants that I’d grown from cuttings. I was asked how to look after them, so I figured this would be a good topic for a post (it has been …
Source: Growing figs. | tarwanya
January 3rd, 2016 marked the passing of Philip Stuart, one of the founding members of Mississauga Master Gardeners, a past president of the Cloverleaf Garden Club, a long time friend of The Riverwood Conservancy and a life-long gardener. Philip was a fountain of gardening knowledge and a source of inspiration for all of us who knew him. He will be sorely missed.