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Thursday
Dec082016

Succulents

Everyone who has ever worked with me knows, I detest succulents.

Yet, succulents are found everywhere, in garden centers, in big-box stores, in grocery stores, in houses, ya I said everywhere. I have seen them in public and private gardens, hey it's no longer a fad, it's simply insane.

Well I finally figured out why: They are hard to kill, Sedum is called 'Stone-crop', Sempervivum means 'live forever'. If you holiday for a couple of weeks or so, the kalnchoe and the crassula will not even notice your gone.

In the hot summer, outdoors Sedum barely requires your presence, and Sempervivum survives in our hot and dry Prairie.

------ Zones 2 and 3

 

 

Tuesday
Dec062016

Peggy Sue

Monday
Dec052016

Poinsettia

The Poinsettia plant, is still the Christmas Flower, and has been as long as I can recall. Hey, Ten Years past we sold a large number of these plants. Every greenhouse grower slaved for several months to produce a large variety of poinsettias.

Most of us had to place several orders, from other growers, just to keep up.

That was then, what happed was, the big box stores took over, and kept reducing the selling price, as they were competing against each other. Yep, they quickly killed the market, and the Poinsettia  just disappeared. Along the way as well.

Today, these same big boxes have a minimum sales areas, (the biggest display, I have seen this year is table approximately, 4ft by 6ft, yep, I hope they enjoy the decline!

Friday
Dec022016

Heartbeat Petunia

Suntory has a new trailing petunia for 2017. It's an adorable cross between a couple of their early petunia breeding stock. Petunia Surfinia Heartbeat is a novelty breeding, that is making waves in this falls plant shows.

The flowers are bright white, with pale pink heart shaped petals, showing over the larger heart shaped white blossoms.

Wednesday
Nov302016

Western Red Lily

Today the Saskatchewan Red Lily is extremely rare, but fortunately they can still be found in some areas of the Province.
I spent a few week-ends searching for prairie lily’s a few years past, that was in my Boy Scouting Day’s. And yes I did find them them growing in the wild.  They can be still be found growing among wild grasses, with other wild flowers .

The Native American Cree tribes call the Western Red Lily “a mouse root” because voles or meadow mice and other rodents gather, eat and spread the bulbs of the plant.

The plant also reproduces by way of bisexual flowers pollinated by wind and flying insects that gather nectar from the centre of the blossom. Prairie Lilies can grow up on a single stalk and their petals form a distinctive star shape. Western Red Lilies, can be identified by their vivid orange-red and purple, splashed blooms!