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Spring Awakening – by Linda Petite

The spring solstice brings a sense of change in the air. The sun warms, the days lengthen, and the air smells like freshly turned soil – dormant plants come back to life! Assuming your ground is workable, it is the time to transplant and plant new shrubs, trees, and perennials. In Japan, Cherry Blossoms are called Sakura, a special flower for people and the country. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flavour of spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. When the trees are in bloom, large groups of people view the flowers and enjoy festivals...

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Winter Plant Damage – by Linda Petite

Winter Plant Damage – Linda Petite How your plants will fare during our recent winter snow and extended cold period depends on many factors. These include how well your plants are sheltered, the hardiness of the cultivar, and the maturity of the plant. If a plant is already under stress or in a container, they are more vulnerable to damage. The heavy wet snowstorm last week caused some damage here in the Gardens. We had a mature Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ and a Mahonia X ‘Charity’ uprooted from the weight of the snow. Several branches of rhododendrons and Magnolia...

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