When starting delphinium seed: freeze the seeds for 2-3 days in the freezer and then scatter then in a 5 inch pot with damp promix.
Keep them at 15 degrees C and cover them. Do not let them dry out. The cool temperatures start the germination process. They do not like bottom heat.
In about 21-30 days sprouts appear, transfer these to 4 inch pots until the leaves grow to the size of a looney. When the roots appear at the bottom of the pot its time to harden plants outdoors on a deck. Plants may be planted in the garden while temperatures are still cool.
The Ontario Delphinium Club is inviting growers to offer garden space to secure seed production locally for the future as seeds from England may decline. Web site: www.ondelphiniums.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Marie Pearson for this post.
New sculpture design unveiled.
“A sparkling new piece of public art will be erected on Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. at the entrance to The Riverwood Conservancy this spring.
Artist Marc Fornes will create an “otherworldly” green, blue and yellow pine tree from aluminum sheets that will appear to shift shapes in varying seasons and weather, depending on your vantage point.
His artist’s statement proclaims that the 25-ft. high work , called Pine Sanctuary, will be “a contemporary update in the natural landscape that forms an iconic and playful signal – creating a unique identity for Riverwood.”… read more from John Steward/Mississauga News
Borrow. Grow. Return.
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Did you know that there is no official national flower for Canada? And after 150 years, don’t you think it’s time we had one?
The Master Gardeners of Ontario do and you can help us make the final choice of the three candidates.
Vote in our national online survey before midnight June 30, 2017 and learn the outcome on Canada Day.
For more details and the link to the survey, click here.
To just go right ahead and vote, click here.
Thanks to Toronto Master Gardeners for this post.
It starts April’s Fool Day but it’s no joke: newbie gardeners have a rare opportunity to learn from the masters through a new course offered at Riverwood Conservancy.The Mississauga Master Gardeners and Riverwood are combining forces to offer a six-week program titled Home Gardening: the Basics.Members of MMG will offer their expertise on the building blocks that make a garden grow but aren’t always so obvious to those picking up the trowel for the first time.Soil, composting, organic gardening, seeds, vegetables, pruning, tools, pest control and attracting bees and butterflies are among the subjects surveyed.The course is offered Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. starting April 1 at Riverwood. The cost is $80 for Riverwood members and $100 otherwise.To register call 905-279-5878 or e-mail email@example.com. This is the first time the master gardeners have developed a course for Riverwood. If all goes well, it could be the start of many collaborations to come.
Source: Master gardeners teach the basics at Riverwood Mississauga News
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…”
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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