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.

 

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Ecological Gardening

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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