Canadian tulip festival

The Canadian tulip festival is underway here in Ottawa, Ontario.  Currently the largest tulip festival in the world, it runs from May 12 to 23 this year. These spectacular pictures were taken by a talented friend.  I could not decide which one was the most beautiful so am posting them all:



This last picture is of a purple trillium, our provincial flower here in Ontario.  Although the white version is much more common, purple trilliums are popping up everywhere too this spring :


                        photo credit: Jackie Heslop, Kanata Ontario


Mother’s Day weekend

Mother’s Day weekend is a great opportunity to get lots of chores checked off my gardening to-do list.  Unfortunately, owning a gardening business means that my own garden is low on my priority list.   Luckily, my sons are quite willing to help me work through my list on Mother’s Day weekend.

This year Saturday was spent in the company of one son helping his friend’s mother plant some trees in her yard.  Not my garden, but something I had promised to do.  He can get done in one hour what it would easily take me all day to do.  There were lots of plants that needed to be removed as well as a trench that needed to be dug before the trees went in…


As I have done for the past twenty Mother’s Days, I woke up Sunday morning missing my own mother and mother-in-law, both who left this world much too young and way too early in my life.  Why is it that you never fully appreciate something until it is gone?  Today and always, I especially long for the chance to show them both what wonderful grandsons they share…


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Back to my Mother’s Day activities this year…After enjoying a delicious Sunday brunch prepared by my youngest son…



…we headed outside to get my pond up and running for the season…



My son is grilling tonight’s dinner on the BBQ as I write this, to be served with green beans and twice baked potatoes followed by blizzards from Dairy Queen for dessert. Yummmmm….

This Mother’s Day will be capped off by a dinner out tomorrow night with all three sons and my husband.  I am a lucky woman and a very proud mother!


Home Depot coupon for potting soil



This coupon can be used from May 6 to May 11 at Home Depot.  Receive a free bag of Vigor Potting Mix when you purchase $25 of Vigoro plants.  Sorry, this promotion is only available at Home Depot stores in Canada.

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Spring has sprung in Ottawa

In my visits to area gardens this week I am seeing lots of signs that spring has sprung here in Ottawa, finally…

I hope this spring weather lasts awhile; I have lots of work to do!

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Texas gardens

I had the pleasure of planting a garden in TEXAS this past January, something totally different for my GARDENS4U business located here in Ottawa, Ontario.

Texas obviously has its own gardening issues, with extreme drought and heat at the top of the list.  I chose a variety of succulents and cacti for the focal points of this garden as well as the ground cover between the larger plants.  As the ground cover fills in, weeds are choked out and both the roots of the specimen plantings and the soil are protected from the extreme temperatures and drought conditions…

Ground covers also work well in containers for the same reasons.  Because soil in containers dries out faster than soil in a garden, the use of ground covers can reduce the amount of water your containers need to stay healthy looking.  Nutrients in the soil are depleted slower too when the soil is protected.  Planted just inside the rim of the container, the ground covers can “spill” over the edge and cascade down the side of the container, creating a beautiful focal point for your patio, deck or porch…