Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year


It is catalogue season! Here are a few new plant releases for 2017 to whet your appetitite.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend

The Victoria Hardy Plant Group is hosting a Study Weekend next June in Sidney, BC. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Creative Use of Hardware

Have you noticed the coral pink house on Marine Ave by Jasper Street? This year there was work being done in the front garden. Owners Shaunalee and Brian Yates invited our roving reporter in for a tour.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Giving and Receiving

Our next meeting is our Christmas get together. The speakers will present on Gifts from the Garden. Here are some ideas for giving and receiving...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Birthday to Us

Yes, it's true-we are officially 50 years old.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pumpkins

'Tis the season for these hearty fruits.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Winter Reading

Publishers are busy releasing new titles for the Christmas season. Here are a few.....

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Step by Step Hugelkulture

Adventures in Hugelkultur - or How I am Cleaning my Garden this Fall
a guest post by Sharon S.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Great Goumi Debate

At our last meeting there was an interesting discussion on identifying Goumi, Elaeagnus multiflora and Cornelian Cherry, Cornus mas. Here are some images of the two to compare.

Friday, September 23, 2016

An Ugly Flower?

With the good, the bad and the ugly being the topic for our next meeting here is what some consider to be the world's ugliest flower.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall Fair Fun

The Fall Fair, September 17/18 is always a lovely weekend; so much to see, do and eat, not to mention listening to good music and catching up with friends. Is it possible to enjoy it even more?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Message from our President


Hello everyone and Happy End of August.... hope your gardens are doing well and that you are enjoying these gentle rains.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rare Bulbs

A message from Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials:

"We are very excited to launch our pre-orders for Rare Bulbs and Cypripedium Hardy Lady's Slipper Orchids for fall pick-up or shipping. Please order early as quantities are limited across the board. We have our largest selections ever of bulbs and lady's slippers - double to triple the selection we had last year - so it is an exciting year."

Follow this link for all the information www.phoenixperennials.com/learn/E-Newsletter-August-2016-mid.php#bulb

Two to pique your interest

 
Pancratium maritimum - Sea Daffodil - Here's something your friends won't have: sea daffodil (Pancratium maritimum) is a rare bulb in cultivation native from the Mediterranean basin to the Black Sea where it grows on beaches and coastal dunes. It has long, strap-like leaves and gorgeous, intricate, daffodil-like flowers that resemble an icy star. It is lightly fragrant. Perhaps best grown in a pot with good drainage. Place it in a hot spot to encourage flowering.
 
Paris polyphylla - Paris - Perhaps more than any other perennial, this rare woodland treasure earns the right to be called “exquisite”. Paris polyphylla is a Trillium relative from the Himalayas, Western China, and southeast Asia. The stem is circled by a single whorl of glossy, green leaves which is echoed by the flower with its own whorl of green bracts subtending threadlike yellow-green petals, golden stamens and purple ovary. Part shade in rich soil. Can take a "year off" after planting and not emerge till the next year.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Zucchini Recipe


If you have an over abundance of zucchini you can freeze it.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Parade 2016

A big thank you to Lin and Russ for designing and building the Garden Club entry for the Sea Fair Parade. It was very creative and received lots of compliments from the crowd.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Few Good Men and Women

A few good men and women needed to walk in the Parade with the Garden Club entry.
When: this Saturday at 9:45 am
Gathering point: Barnet Street opposite the Police Station

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Butterflies at the ECU

The world is still full of simple pleasures

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Social 2016

In a beautiful garden on the edge of the Salish Sea about eighty Garden club members gathered to share conversation, good food, sunshine and laughter.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ECU Garden

Some of our members are working their green fingered magic on three outdoor areas at the Evergreen Extended Care Unit.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Zucchini Mountain?

Have you ever had an over abundance of zucchini, beans or apples at harvest time?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Security Reminder

During last night's meeting one of our members had a laptop removed from her car while it was in the Seniors' Centre parking lot. The police informed her crammed parking lots are a favourite prowling area for criminal elements looking for an easy score. Please do not leave anything valuable in your car and double check everything is locked.

There is a slight chance the pouch it was in could have been discarded in the area. If you noticed anything please let the police know.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lang Creek Native Plant Garden

May 16, 2016 

To all Members of the Powell River Salmon Society, 

Friends of the Lang Creek Native Plant Garden 

and Powell River Garden Club

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Garden Visits May 7th

Thank you to Ron, Joanne and Wendy for opening their gardens to garden club members and friends.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Plant Sale 2016

Another very successful plant sale. Huge thanks to Laura who plans and organizes this event. Many volunteers were there from set up to clean up-big thank you to such loyal members.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Gardening Is Hard Work

At this time of year we can't help but want to get everything in the garden done. A few of us might even overdo it. Here are a few tips:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our Plant Sale

Have you started some plants for our garden sale on May 1st?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Effective Microorganisms Liquid Amender

Last week at the meeting, Tracey of i-DIG talked about EM liquid amender and had samples for everyone.
She has an important message about the samples we received. You may have to check your bottle and follow the instructions:



In our rush trying to ensure all the members waiting received a bottle of EM® liquid biological soil amender, I over-looked two items…
1.    Many bottles were accidentally topped off with too much water. Fortunately the bottles are not air tight so while the bacteria were doing their thing overnight the bottles were still able to off gas – for such a short period of time, no harm done.
2.    The bottle caps are not air tight.
We do need to rectify these errors however, so everyone’s EM turns great; please see below. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thinking About Soil

 “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” -Xenophon 400 BC

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Around Town

A small sample of activities featuring some of our members.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Homesteading School

Have you attended courses at the Urban Homesteading School of Powell River? The school is the brainchild of garden club member Kevin Wilson. You may have heard some of his excellent presentations at our meetings. The sessions are for anyone interested in growing and eating good food on plots large or small. Here are the offerings for the March 19/20 session.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Last Frost Date

Our garden planning hangs upon the elusive last frost date. We count backwards and forwards for seeding and starting and transplanting.

When is your last frost date?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Things to do in the garden right now

Just like sap rising , the desire to start working in our gardens is surging through our veins. Here are some useful links for prep and planting advice.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jan 26 meeting

Gardening Made Easy is the title of the presentation for our next meeting on Jan 26th. The speaker is Connie Kuramoto, a technician and an instructor at Malaspina University College’s Horticulture Department for over 20 years and an instructor for Gaia College's Organic Master Gardener Program. The content is billed to be of interest to anyone needing a low(er) maintenance garden. Knowing the busy lives of our members there is bound to be some useful tips for all.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Winter Reading

I think Santa has a soft spot for gardeners. He always seems to find something garden related to leave under the tree. The blog would like to know what garden related items you received this year.  Were there books, tools, plants, seeds, perhaps gift certificates for goodies, workshops or garden related travel? Once we have a good list we will put them on the blog. Everyone likes to shop with their eyes don't they?

To start the ball rolling here are the two books I received this year.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winter


January garden.
Silent sleeping under snow.
Inside clivia blooms. 



Poem and photo by Wendy D.