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By , June 30, 2014

Celebrate Summer!

Summer is here so it is time to get out and enjoy your garden. If you haven’t planted your summer annuals yet don’t worry there is still plenty of time for them to flower as they will bloom right through until October. You can choose from a great selection of annuals including Geraniums, Petunias, Begonias, Dahlias, Bacopa, Heliotrope and many more. In addition to annuals the summer flowering perennials are coming into bloom. You can find Lavender, Foxglove, Astible, Delphiniums, Phygelius, and more flowering right now. There are also many great shrubs coming into bloom like Hydrangeas, Rose, and Weigela. Stop by our stores today to see the great selection.

Our Lavender, Japanese Maples, and Hummingbird Feeders are on special this week. Check out this and other great specials by clicking here.

News & Events

Hydrangea

June 20th, 2014

Hydrangeas give you summer colour the lasts!

If you are looking for a shrub that will give you colour all summer that lasts into the fall then look no further than Hydrangeas. These deciduous shrubs provide the perfect backdrop to your perennial or annuals gardens and have beautiful flowers that last from mid summer to late fall. Click here for our information brochure on how to grow Hydrangeas.

Some of the varieties that you can choose from include:

  • Annabelle
  • Blushing Bride
  • Bombshell
  • Endless Summer
  • Invincibelle Spirit
  • Incrediball
  • Limelight
  • Little Lime
  • Nikko Blue
  • Pee Gee (Paniculata Grandiflora)
  • Pia
  • Quick Fire
  • Strawberry Sundae
  • Twist-N-Shout
  • Vanilla Strawberry

 

Herbs

June 18th, 2014

Savour the Flavour of Fresh Herbs!

If you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs there is nothing more rewarding than a herb garden full of Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, and Basil to use in your culinary creations. There are many flavourful herbs that are easy to grow in your garden or in pots on your patio. In addition to their flavour many herbs are very aromatic and make an excellent addition to your garden. The beautiful blue flowers of rosemary are as ornamentally beautiful as they are culinarily delicious. I can not imagine a garden without at least a few herbs.

You can choose from a broad range of herbs including:

  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Cat Grass
  • Chamomile
  • Chives
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Curry
  • Dill
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Majoram
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Stevia
  • Thyme

For some advice on growing herbs, including a chart of culinary uses, click here. For a list of companion planting, including herbs and vegetables, click here.

Tomatoes

June 14th, 2014

Taste the flavour of home grown Tomatoes!

The weather is now warm enough to start thinking about putting tomatoes outside in the garden. If the night time temperatures are below 10 degreec Celcius it is recommended that you provide some protection. You can do this by covering your tomatoes with plastic or a white cloth like our “Crop Cover” or “Frost Blanket”. When the night time low is above 10 degrees Celsius, or 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you can leave them uncovered.

Whether you are a seasoned tomato growing veteran or a new gardener here are a few tips to help you grow better tomatoes:

  1. Tomatoes are heavy feeder, they are the teenage boys of the plant world. You should add manure and fertilizer to the soil before you plant.
  2. When you plant the tomatoes plant them deeper as new roots will develop along the stem helping your plants grow faster and stronger. (Except ‘Mighty Mato’ grafted Tomatoes, do not plant them below the graft)
  3. Water regularly all summer, twice a week early in the season and daily during the summer months. Tomatoes that do not get regular water are more likely to develop diseases and are less likely to produce as much fruit. They also develop thicker skin if not watered properly.
  4. Fertilize weekly with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro Tomato Food 18-18-21 or monthly with a granular fertilizer like Evegro’s Vegetable and Tomato Food 10-15-19.
  5. Add Lime to your soil before you plant and every month during the growing season. Lime helps balance the pH and provides Calcium and Magnesium to the plants.

With so many varieties of Tomatoes to choose from here are a few varieties that perform well in our climate:

  • Ball Extra Early – a medium sized tomato that produces early
  • Beefsteak – one of the largest tomatoes with lots of meaty flesh
  • Early Girl – a medium sized early producing variety
  • Sungold – a golden cherry tomato
  • Sweet 100 – an excellent small cherry tomato
  • Sweet Million – a smaller version of the sweet 100 that produces an abundant crop
  • Tumbler – a great cherry tomato for hanging baskets that produces all summer until frost
  • Tomaccio – a super sweet grape type tomato that is great for making Sun Dried Tomatoes

In addition to these varieties you can choose from a selection of Heirloom Tomato varieties including:

  • Bloody Butcher – a medium sized tomato that is great for slicing
  • Brandywine Black – a large heirloom tomato
  • Latah – an early producing medium sized tomato
  • Nyagous – a medium to large early to mid season tomato
  • Prudens Purple – a medium tomato great for slicing

Be sure to stake your tomatoes as they grow to give them support as the fruit matures. You can stake them up with a basic bamboo or cedar stake or buy a “Tomato Cage” that provides support for the leaves as well.

Click here to download our information brochure on Tomatoes.

Fruit Trees Have Arrived

June 13th, 2014

Grow your own fresh fruit!

If you have been thinking about growing your own fruit now is a great time to plant fruit trees and other berries. You can choose from over 75 varieties of Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Plums, and more. Please call the stores to check whether we have an item in stock as they sell out quickly. If you have a small space garden we have a selection of Dwarf fruit trees including apples, cherries, and peaches.

Please Note: Due to space limitations not all varieties are available at our Vancouver store but you can have any variety transferred to the Vancouver store from our Surrey store.

Click here to download our 2014 Fruit Tree List – Updated June 13th, 2014

Roses

June 1st, 2014

Enjoy the Sweet Scent of Roses!

Our rose bushesare coming into bloom and right now you can choose from more than 100 varieties of roses including: David Austin, Climbers, Easy Elegance, Floribundas, Grandifloras, Groundcovers, Hedge roses, Hybrid Teas, Rugosa, Shrub roses, and Tree roses.

New hybrids of roses are becoming easier to care for as they are less susceptible to insects and diseases. Many varieties are resistant to black spot and mildew.

Click here to download our Rose Care Brochure

Click here to download a list of the Roses we have in stock at our Surrey store – Updated July 29th, 2014

Please Note: Due to space limitations not all varieties are available at our Vancouver store but you can have any variety transferred to the Vancouver store from our Surrey store.

Rose Hybrid Tea 'Fragrant Cloud'

Rose Hybrid Tea ‘Fragrant Cloud’

Rose Hybrid Tea 'Mister Lincoln'

Rose Hybrid Tea ‘Mister Lincoln’

Rose David Austin 'Falstaff'

Rose David Austin ‘Falstaff’

Rose David Austin 'Teasing Georgia'

Rose David Austin ‘Teasing Georgia’

Rosa Floribunda 'Easy Does It'

Rosa Floribunda ‘Easy Does It’

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