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David Tarrant’s favourite winter-blooming flowers brighten up the season’s bleakest days

Gardeners have many reasons to feel fortunate about living in B.C., and the ability to enjoy colourful blooms even in the depth of winter is certainly one of them. In fact, the southern coast and southern Vancouver provide ideal growing conditions for a number of winter-flowering plants. Those of us who live in these regions also know that our winter begins with the monsoons of November and ends in February, no matter what official dates the calendar may dictate. Because winter flowers bloom during the darkest days of the year, they are all the more precious and deserve a place in your garden that is not only sheltered, but that allows you to easily view the blooms from the comfort of your favourite chair indoors. To enhance the beauty of these winter gems, be sure to give them a dark backdrop, such as an evergreen hedge or dark-stained fence. This will allow every bloom to show up to perfection. Here are just a few of my favourite winter-bloomers, all of which have quite individual soil requirements. While some of these plants are hardy in Interior and northern gardens, keep in mind that they may not bloom in these regions until early spring. Viburnum x bodnantense is a cross between V. farreriand V. grandiflorum, both of which are quite lovely in their own natural forms. However the hybrid gets its name from the famous Bodnant Gardens in North Wales where it originated in 1935. It is a shrub that reaches about three metres in height and is hardy to –20°C. On the coast it often starts to bloom before its leaves have dropped in early November and continues on and off right through to late February. The sweetly scented flowers are borne in tight clusters at the tip of every branch and side spur. Plant one near an entry to your home so its fragrance can be enjoyed by everyone who comes and goes. The early winter flowers tend to be white whereas those that open from December onward are quite pink. Heavy frost can damage open blossoms, but there are so many flowers to follow that as soon as the temperature rises above freezing they start opening again. As far as soil goes, this viburnum isn’t too fussy. In fact, ours at the UBC Botanical Garden thrives in poor soil with absolutely no moisture retention. As with many woody plants, the best blossoms are carried on younger wood (in our case, two-year-old wood). With shrubs older than three or four years, don’t be afraid to prune out one or two of the oldest branches right to the ground soon after flowering has finished in the spring.

https://www.bcliving.ca/hardy-flowers-for-the-winter-garden

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Spring Sunshine In North Vancouver

✬ ¯`•.¸¸ღ ❥ Flowers And Blooming ❥ღ¯`•.¸¸✬

Last Week of Clouds changes When Growth Is Faster with Sun this week

And April is a new change In warm weather as the lawn start to grow

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Chafer Beetles Destroyed Your Lawn?

Some of the most extensive lawn damage we’ve seen lately has been courtesy of the invasive chafer beetle. With grubs feeding on grass roots throughout much of the year, lawns can quickly become wilted and brown as they struggle to acquire much-needed nutrients and water. Above ground, birds and small mammals act as mini roto-tillers as they search out a meal of grubs. The end result of chafer beetle infection is often wide sections of lawn, damaged beyond repair.

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By amending their existing soil with a quality topsoil to improve the nutritional quality and structure of their soil – the better to support a beautiful lawn!.

Some lawns may also benefit from the addition of garden lime, as heavy concentrations of weeds and moss are one signal that your soil may be too acidic. Learn more about what garden lime is and when you should consider using before applying lime to your lawn.

Keep grass healthy, long to ward off chafer beetles

letting grass grow to combat chafer beetle infestations.

“The adults in the summer have to lay their eggs into the turf grass, and if the turf is thin or if the grass is very short then they have no problem getting their ovipositors [organ used to lay eggs] into the grass,”

More on chafer beetles in B.C.
“If your lawn is mossy or thin, or if you over water, over fertilize that makes the grass really soft, really easy to rip up, so those kinds of things make lawns susceptible to chafer beetle.

“Really if the grass is healthy and the roots are deep and your grass isn’t cut too short, then chafer beetle is not a big problem.”

❀A Garden Beauty ❀ is Like waves At the Ocean

Now is the time to breathe and nourish the soul. We all have our own way of doing that.

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I will be Meditating on glorious color, harmony—and beauty in the garden as I  Work and play.

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2006 05 pond West Vancouver

 

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2006 05 pond West Vancouver

Waterfall leading to a second pond in West Vancouver BC

2014 09 26 pumpkin patch in the yard in the rain

And a pumpkin patch in the yard in the rain makes Color

 

 

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Rock Garden

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Fall color Pond

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And for when it rains you need a Hobbit House

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❀ And A Place to rest when it snows ❀

 

Garden Beauty s Like waves At the Ocean

Garden Beauty

 

So nice flower gardens with colorful flowers different height garden decoration ideas bring the beauty into any Garden

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Cherry and Apple tree N Vancouver

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Just plant your plants flowers and trees in the Right place place

 

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In North Vancouver And West Vancouver and the GVRD

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From -Lawn care to Tree topping, Pruning trees and Shrubs & Trimming hedges. also paving stones …. pathways and retaining walls.
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♫ Happy New Year Vancouver ♫

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It was great weather For the start of the new year so I had to post it with pictures and Music

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Some good shots in the sunshine too, all in a video below with a  relaxing music background  of David Issac and Joe Cocker

Happy New Year Vancouver

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Merry Christmas song From Big Sugar

In 2011  this song came out,   or it was new to me… and it s a good one so here is a Rocking Blues

tune for ya  :ç

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Merry Christmas :ç

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Who has been Working on the North Shore 25 years
In North Vancouver And West Vancouver and the GVRD

From -Lawn care to Tree topping, Pruning trees and Shrubs & Trimming hedges. also paving stones Pathways and retaining walls.
Drainage and Ponds, Sprinkler systems & Rubbish Removal.

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Vancouver From the North Shore Last Week

                                                                   Fall is Here :]

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Today was  a bit better weather in Richmond

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At sundown a Cruse ship Leaves Vancouver Harbor

2014 09 29 Cruse Ship

 

The  Cruse Ship …  Smoking The pipe out of Vancouver.

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Sunday night Looked like it was Ready to shine for Monday

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Saturday Was nice …

2014 09 27 in the hood in the sun

 

Friday Was Wet at my pumpkin patch In Deep Cove

 

2014 09 26 piumkin pach in the hood in the rain

 

Thursday was wet mostly at Grand Boulevard

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Deep cove Wednesday

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Busy inside on Tuesday  too  wet for most people.

2014 09 26 Crows in the hood in the rain

 

But Last Monday Was the Equinox  so  We went over the Bridge

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Grouse mountain And Lynn Peak From the Cement pond

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2014 09 22 Equinox at 729 Pm  at Brighton Beach and the  North Shore

 

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A different angle    :]

Starlight, northern lights, street lights from Saturday night. A short timelapse of the skies over Lynn Valley, North Vancouver.

http://vimeo.com/97681139      click for a cool Quickie on Lynn Peak

 

ღஐღ•* Hope you had a good week, last Week, and enjoy this week   ღ¸¸.•´¯✬

 

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A typical weather report that you might not hear on a Radio.

For centuries, those whose living depends on the weather — farmers Skiers Tourists and gardeners, you name it we need it

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the beauty is in the sunshine but we need the rain
van  lightning storm Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C sept5 2013

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But when they mess with the weather … things get weird …

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The next front and decent rain chances looks like next week.

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Nothing like Change and if you like some storms have a look at the link below :]

http://www.thephotomag.com/2014/02/awe-inspiring-photography-of-storm.html

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