Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hummingbird Plants


Our Master Gardeners Sharon and Shirley were at the Vancouver Master Gardeners Spring Affair, March 12, 2017, in Burnaby BC. They would like to share the information they received in a number of the presentations. To start, we have a list of flowers that Ciscoe Morris recommends for attracting hummingbirds. If you are dreaming of gardening and sunny days, perhaps you can check out the local nurseries for some of these to add to your garden.






    Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’ - Flowering currant 
    Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ - Bleeding heart 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Powell River Gardens Photography Competition



The Powell River Public Library is having a photography competition focused on local gardens. There are prizes for the winning photo and the top twelve submissions will be featured in a 2018 Calendar. The deadline is noon on Monday, June 5, 2017.
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Annual Plant Sale

Our annual Plant Sale is coming up. It is on Sunday, May 7th. 1-3 pm at the Cranberry Curling Club. Laura, our plant sale coordinator has a message for club members:




The Plant Sale is our only fundraiser, which pays for the hall rental as well as the amazing guest speakers (where does our committee find them!). I need to encourage each of you to donate plants for the sale. If each of our 160+ members gives 2 or 3 plants we will continue as we have in the past, with a healthy financial balance.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Black Pussy Willow




Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

At our last meeting, we were invited to bring in a sample of a bloom, branch, or plant from our gardens. Michael brought a number of specimens blooming in her garden, including black pussy willow. She invited us to take a twig to propagate for our own gardens. There was a lot of interest in this uncommon shrub and she may bring more to the next meeting and also to the plant sale on Sunday, May 7, at the Cranberry Curling Club. Here’s some information about the black pussy willow.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cooking With Herbs: Recipes

At our meeting this week, chef Lesley Stav gave a wonderful talk on culinary uses for herbs. Here are the recipes she described.

 How to Make Herb Infused Simple Syrups (Medium)

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Upcoming Invasive Species



Not good news, but there are some new invasive species that are slowly making their way to us. Rachelle McElroy from the Costal Invasive Species Committee mentioned them at our last meeting. If you see one of these, report it.


Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) looks like a fern or like parsnips, carrots, and parsley. It is present on south Vancouver Island now. It can be found in poorly drained soils, especially near streams and ditches. You may also find it on roadsides and the edge of cultivated fields.
In ancient Greece, it was used to poison condemned prisoners. In 399 BC, Socrates was given it after being condemned to death for impiety and corrupting the young men of Athens.

Source: wikipedia.org


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Seed: The Untold Story



Powell River Farmers' Agricultural Institute presents the movie Seed: The Untold Story this Sunday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Patricia Theatre.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Invasive Species Alternatives




Invasive plants are non-native, have aggressive characteristics, and multiple reproduction options. And we have quite a few of them in Powell River. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

To Do List for February

Oh my goodness, what a lot of snow! Warmer weather is just around the corner, however, and there are tasks to be done in the garden. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Water Restrictions on Salt Spring Island




At our meeting this week, Shirley spoke about Fraser’s Thimble Farm on Salt Spring Island and the challenges they face due to water restrictions imposed there.





Fraser’s Thimble Farm is a mail order and retail nursery specializing in rare, unusual and native plants. An article in a local newspaper shows what they have done to conserve water over the years and the problems with permitting by the North Salt Spring Waterworks District. They have started a petition.