A Day In the Countryside

Today The Yard Therapist went rambling around the countryside in search of a P.nepalensis ‘Miss Willmott’.  After checking at a few garden centres I found myself just outside the  Calgary southern city limits at Countryside Landscaping and Garden Center in well, the countryside.  From the moment I parked in the lot I knew I was in for something special.  Now this garden center doesn’t just sell plants, it shows you how a lush and gorgeous garden is created and what aImage joy for the senses it can be. From the entrance to the perennial shop it is a one beautiful example after another of what YOUR garden can be like with proper thought and care.  Charming courtyards and a luxe outdoor kitchen, of which they would happily design for you, along shade dappled paths remind you of why you garden or why you would want to in the first place.

Kim has a special talent for terrariums and they have a full stock of essential items in-store.  She let the cat out of the bag that they will be running workshops on this popular revival of a Victorian indoor plant display coming soon.  You can learn more about Countryside at www.csgcl.com/.  I recommend you drive out and take a look around.  And by the way, they had my ‘Miss Willmott’!  I had given up hope!ImageImageImageImage

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Get Ahead, with Dead-heading!

Its the middle of summer and your garden is looking F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!  But hey, don’t take all that gorgeousness for granted.  A little spa treatment here and there is required to keep those bloomers, well, blooming.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to “dead-head” any flowers that are spent.  The Yard Therapist thinks “manicure” sounds so much kinder,…….however, the fact remains that dead flowers just gotta go to keep your plant reblooming and healthy.

When a flower dies, (so sad) and remains on the plant energy is diverted from producing flowers to producing seeds instead.  Anyone growing roses, nasturtiums, iris, peonies  cannot fail but notice the seeds forming if not snipped.  On roses this is called the “hip” ….but that’s another story……   For all continuously blooming plants  that means the resources to produce profuse blossoms is being used in reproduction, in this case, seed formation.

Common zone 2-3 plants that benefit from dead-heading are roses, nasturtiums, osteopermums, coreopsis, and petunias which look especially ratty if not cleaned up regularly.  While you are manicuring, how bout a lil pedicure and get rid of any yellowing, dead, or dried leaves as well.  This encourages air circulation around the plant and inhibits disease or mold formation.

So, my gardening friends, get out your snips and get to it, your flowers will reward you for your attention.

The Good, The Bad, The Unusual and things that just gotta make ya smile………

ain't she SWEET!Today The Yard Therapist took a drive out to Aspen Crossing in Mossleigh, AB as a little happy therapy of her own. Aside from enjoying a large portion of french fries loaded with ketchup (thats AGRICULTURAL therapy my friends), in the cool railway car restruant I couldn’t help but be amazed at this most unusual repurposing of a rusty vehicle………..I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…………