Fussy Finds

Japanese Beetle Trap

Welcome to Canada the Japanese Beetle – lucky us!


Mid-summer my Virginia Creeper and Wisteria began to be devoured by something which I’d never seen before. I soon noticed these paired beetles clustered over the leaves. They are a metallic green and copper chafer that is a pest of fruit and foliage as an adult and of grass roots as a larva. It is native to Japan but has spread elsewhere.




Ecological Gardening



Many years ago when I was becoming more serious about gardening, a client gave me some white leather gardening gloves and a book by Marjorie Harris to help me with my new found hobby. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting the author, gardening expert extraordinaire Marjorie Harris, at a garden party hosted by friends in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. What a perfect evening it was. The people, the wine, the weather and the property was all quite remarkable. A great kick off to summer.


Get Growing!

“Get Growing” is a new book out by Canadian garden celebrity, Frankie Flowers (aka Frank Ferragine) of CityLine, BT Toronto and CityNews.




This Season’s Favourite

For the living miniature Christmas tree folk, here you go. The Cypress Evergreen (Chamaecparis Lawsoniana Ellwooddii). These little fellas are in every store this season it seems.




Wilt Pruf

Just so you know, I don’t get compensated for pushing product…not yet anyway, but here’s a product I’m very fond of. It’s called Wilt Pruf and it has a lot of good uses.



Plant Support

If you’re like me you might wonder how people seem to manage to get their big floppy flowers, or vines, upright all summer long.


Here’s a secret I’ve discovered… bamboo stakes!