Canada Blooms Garden Speaker Series announced: Mar 10-19th, 2017

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/

How to Make Air Plants Thrive – Laidback Gardener

Air plants or, more correctly, tillandsias (Tillandsia spp.) are currently very popular. They are called “air plants” because in nature they live suspended on branches or even electric wires, without soil, apparently living only on air. They are indeed very attractive plants and seem to do well at first when you bring them home, but rarely survive a year in the average home. Your air plant was in fact slowly dying from the minute you brought it…”
To read the full article, follow the link below

Source: How to Make Air Plants Thrive – Laidback Gardener

It Might as Well Be Spring when Marjorie Harris speaks …Jan 25th

“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

Edible Sunflower Microgreens: Indoor Gardening

“Looking for something to satisfy your green thumb AND fill your belly with fresh veggies this winter? Look no further than sunflower microgreens! Graced with a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture, sunflower microgreens are nothing short of awesome in sandwiches, soups, salads, scrambled eggs, and wraps. Both the leaves and the stems are edible. In this gardener’s opinion, sunflower shoots are the finest of all the microgreens. I’ll be starting a batch of my own later this week and continue growing them all winter long. It’s easy, fun, and a great project for kids….”

See below for the full article from Savvy Gardening

Source: Edible sunflower microgreens

Plant of the week: Porcelain Vine

porcelain-vine-mp-1                            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

Growing figs & caring for them in winter

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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

In Memoriam: Philip Stuart 1917-2016

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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.