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Cambodian Blossom Festival

This just may be one of those must see spots where flowers and festivals meet each other. A friend of the better-half visited this during the festival, and was blown over, by the sheer number of flowers and unique plants.

----- Yep, this definately goes 'into the to do' bucket!


Campfire Coleus

Campfire ColeusThis Coleus is literally on fire, The bright orange colour will certainly stand out in any container or flower bed.

Height: 18-24 Inches (64-61cm)

Spread: 16-28 inches (41-71cm)

Exposure: Part Shade to Part Sun

Moisture: Just Moist, not overly wet

We have this beast on order for the coming season. It will be a great addition to our regular up-right container coleus colours!


Centradena Cascade

We, have used successfully Centradena Cascade as an alternative to Lobelia in some of our  hanging baskets.

Centradenia is a genus of 4 or 5 species of tropical evergreen perennials, commonly called sub-shrubs, native to Central America and Mexico.

Centradenia branches are angled,  or winged and the stems are often coloured. The leaves are lanceolate or ovate, pointy, simple and opposite, with well-defined veining. the leaves feel somewhat velvety, and are often reddish  on the underside.

The flowers are 4-lobed calyx, 4 petals, 8 stamens, and a 4-loculed ovary, pink or white. It is a rather neat looking plant, It produces clusters of small pink to mauve flowers, in panicles either terminally,
------ or along the branches in winter.


Mark Cullen Says

What ever size your yard or balcony is, do not underestimate the impact you can have on the beneficial insect life in your neighbourhood by planting flowering plants.
1: The longer each plant produces a flower, and the more of them, the better. If you have a minimum of six hours of sunshine in your garden, you are in luck. The varieties of plants available to you are nearly limitless.

2: If you are dealing with shade, you also have opportunities to plant flowering plants galore, but you will need to be more thoughtful about your plan. In either case, place your plants densely to attract the maximum number of pollinators.

3: Extend the beginning and the end.Here in Regina, we live in zone 3. Our average frost-free date is around June 1. Don’t let that stop you from pushing the envelope on this. Crocuses are terrific pollinator magnets and they bloom in May. Same for hellebores, snowdrops, early iris and dandelions. Yes, you read right. If you are blessed with dandelions and view them as weeds, but want to add biodiversity to your yard, you no doubt have some conflicted feelings. So let them bloom and then cut them down, or dig them out. While blooming, they are visited by many beneficial insects.

4: Go Native. Or not.
It is not important to a bug that a plant is native, as long as it produces a blossom that attracts it in the first place, ‘a recent study’ in England suggested. According to the results of ‘The Plants for Bugs Pollinator’ research, it is the diversity of plant material that attracts the maximum range of bug species, not whether they are native.

5: Add water and don’t stir.
The single most impactful feature you can add to your garden or balcony to attract pollinators is a still-water feature. A pond in the yard or a half-barrel on the balcony works just fine. When you add a water feature, I can guarantee you will discover wildlife in your yard you have never seen before. As dragonflies, salamanders, frogs, toads, water beetles, amphibians, mammals and bugs discover your new drinking hole, they will grow, thrive and breed.

There is no downside.
He hopes you will stay tuned to his column for more as we explore the importance of creating biodiversity in our yards and gardens.

As he looks into his crystal ball, He sees the interest in attracting pollinators and creating biodiversity:
------ in Canadian Gardens growing steadily!


2015 Ball's Spring Trials

The above video is some of last years new plants. Of course we had most of them. Hey, I can hardly wait for this coming spring to see the newest releases.
Our order is in, hopefully there will be enough varieties for the Better-Half and Her two Co-conspirators to challenge each other when Building Containers and Hanging Baskets!
Me, I just fill the trays with soil, and try my best to refrain
------  from commenting!!!!


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A supervisor for Greengate Garden Centre in Calgary, Alberta, noticed an uptick in tillandsia sales during the past six to 12 months.

Lots of 20 and 30, types were coming in, and looking for something that didn’t take a lot of maintenance nor a lot of effort!

This supervisor realized, that increasing tillandsia sales is all about information and education.

She states, “The hard part about tillandsias is that they are easy to grow plants, but also easy to kill.”

Yes, They may be low-water use plants,

------ but they still require watering!