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Oct272014

Green Twist

Green Twist Bamboo
(Agrostis stoloifera, Green Twist)

Zone: 7-11 (treat as annual)
Height: 25-35cm  (10-14”)
Spread: 45-60cm (18-24”)
Habit: Trailing
Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
Moisture: Keep Moist, Never Dry

Bushy, grass like foliage, that looks like a green hair-do, keep well watered during hot spells
This is an evergreen, hardy, tropical plant with hanging growth habit. It has narrow, green foliage.

It grows quickly, reaching a height of 120cm (48") and spreading to 100cm (40") wide and more. It is native to Europe, the Middle East.

If you need a draping feature for a tall container, or a large hanging basket, this is the beast for you. It fills quickly, and trails profusely.

What I like is, it’s neat bushy trailing shape. Hey, it ‘resembles’ some of our Sask-Rider Fans  hair styles.
   --- As they are always green!

Friday
Oct242014

More Money Honey

Are United States Landscapers and Garden Centres under the gun when it comes to selling their services. Apparently their clients are short on cash, and demanding better prices on nearly everything they purchase or do. 

Think your customers are worried about the price of your landscape and/or nursery products and services more than anything else? You might be right.

Why? Because our Yankee Friends  are worried about money in general. A Harris poll reveals that 51% of Americans say they expect their household financial conditions will remain the same over the next six months, while 27% say it will be worse and 21% say it will be better.

Wow, only a bit under 25% of Americans think things will improve,  Yep, things can really fall apart fast, when their so called elected leaders spend more time on the golf course,
   --- than doing their real job!

 

Wednesday
Oct152014

Two Changes

Hey, our ancestors made two changes when selecting tomatoes over an extended time frame. In doing so, they created those big tasty beasts we have today.

A recent study, which builds on the first tomato genome sequence completed just two years ago, shows in great detail how the processes of early domestication and modern breeding influenced the genetic makeup of cultivated tomatoes.

Analysis of the genome sequences of 360 modern varieties, plus a number of wild strains shows which regions of the genome were under selection during domestication and breeding.

The study identified two independent sets of genes responsible for making the fruit of modern commercial tomatoes 100 times larger,
   ---- than their wild ancestors!

Monday
Oct132014

Sask Has Jobs

According to a press release from the Government of Saskatchewan, Regina has the lowest unemployment rate among major Canadian cities at 2.8 per cent and Saskatoon has the second lowest at 4.2 per cent.

Associate Minister of the Economy Jeremy Harrison, responsible for immigration, job skills and training says,  that Regina’s numbers for this past September represent a new record.

The closest is three per cent unemployment in August of 2013,” said Harrison. “So we’re actually the lowest we’ve ever been in Regina.”

The news release adds that Saskatchewan is leading the country in job creation, as employment was up 3.5 per cent compared to the national increase of .9 per cent.

Youth unemployment in Saskatchewan is also much lower than the overall Canadian number, said Harrison, with the province coming in at 6.5 per cent compared to the national rate of 13.5 per cent.

We know that young people are moving from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario ‘Canada’s areas of high unemployment’  to Saskatchewan to find work.

Most of us encourage the influx, We need more workers coming to Saskatchewan,
    --- to keep our economy growing!

Sunday
Oct122014

All Hallows' Day

Conjoined Twins
Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in many countries on the 31 of October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including Saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed believers.

Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using 'humour and ridicule to confront the power of death'.

According to our scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Me, I just think it’s about a late night, pumpkin pies, multi- generation families, with dressed up, noisy kids,
   --- and lots and lots of candy!

Saturday
Oct112014

Red Amur

Amur Maple
(Acer ginnala)
This beast is considered to be a Very Tall Shrub, or a Small Multi-Stemmed Tree, (your choice), it’s originally native to western Asia.

Zone: 2
Height - 6M (20 ft)
Spread - 5M (15 ft)
Habit: Upright and Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun, to Partial Shade
Moisture: Prefers Moist Well Drained Soil, and it appears to have better alkaline tolerance than a Tatarian Maple.

It is slightly larger in stature than a Tatarian Maple, with slightly duller green summer foliage, but shows a extremely bright red fall colour. The largest Amur Maple growing in our yard is about 5M tall with a spread of 4M.

It is useful in home landscapes, boarders, and parks, but tends to be a slow grower.

Red Tatarian Maple (Acer tataricum ‘Rubrum’) is often mixed with (Acer ginnala). Also many Tatarian Maples sold by several big box boys, exhibit intermediate characteristics and appear to be hybrids, between these two species, and I don’t think they would know the difference.

So don’t be surprised when, your newly planted, ‘Amur Maple’ grows up,
    --- and  is not red in fall.