Christmas decorations from the garden

At this time of year many of us enjoy decorating our homes for the holidays and festivities of this Christmas season. Stores and garden centers are filled with bobbles and lights and many colorful man-made decorations. However we also have the opportunity to use  items that come from nature.

All you need to know about Poinsettias (image + link)The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a shrub or small tree, belonging to the spurge family and can grow up to 4 meters tall.Poinsettias are native to Mexico and Central America and it derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the Unit

7 Healthy steps to prune trees in winter (image + link)Many professional gardeners suggest that winter is the best time to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. These trees are the kind that shed off their leaves during the cold, snowy season.

My ten favourite flowering trees (image + link)We usually look at eye level or lower for colour in the garden, but when looking up there is a lot more to explore. All trees flower, even though the flowers are not always very showy or visible.

Pruning your Clematis (image + link)
Clematis are typically divided into three main pruning categories, but if you do not prune your Clematis at all, it will flower anyway and incorrect pruning only results in delayed flowering. Depending on the label it will say pruning group A,B,C or 1,2,3.

Make Water Work (image + link)

Did you know? There is LESS water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada. The Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada. 24% of ALL water used in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns and gardens.

Increase the resale value of your propertyWhen you pull up to a home, the property's landscape is the first thing you see.

Childhood memoriesI started gardening as a kid and can’t stop.

Growing up in Australia I remember watching the “prime time” gardening show (Burkes Backyard) on a Friday night and then getting my Mum to drive me to the local garden centre the next morning to set upon a project for the weekend.