Is it just me, or is this tomato giving me the finger?
How not to use a Japanese maple
My husband works in a funky live/work loft building, which is full of artists, photographers, dancers and other creative types. Most of the gardens along the front of the building are eclectic, colourful and a bit boisterous. Then there’s this. I think it’s the red lava rock that really makes it special.
European chafer beetle control
Metro Vancouver has a European Chafer beetle problem. Actually, the beetles themselves aren’t too troublesome, but their grubs, which feed on the roots of turf grass, are wreaking havoc. As an introduced pest, the beetle has few natural competitors to control it. That’s where the urban wildlife steps in. Raccoons, skunks and crows enjoy tearing […]
Well, they did use odd numbers in their grouping
This is so awesome, I wasn’t sure whether to put it in the Inspiration or WTF? category. What do you think the story is here? Impossible-to-resist price cuts at the Discount Landscaping Depot? Commemorative animal statuary for deceased family pets? Did they start with the fountain, then, labelled as statuary lovers, fall prey to tragically […]
Don’t: mutilate your trees
Nice (ahem) hedge
Cedar hedges are so ubiquitous in Vancouver they rarely merit a second glance. But in the tony neighbourhood of Point Grey, there’s one particular hedge that makes me giggle every time I pass it. And I actually go out of my way to check on it; I keep thinking that sooner or later, it’s going […]
Don’t. Just don’t.
Don’t do this. Don’t nurture tomatillos, zucchini and fennel from seed only to abandon the adult plants when you realize that your balcony, which isn’t equipped with a water tap – oh, they’ll put in an electrical outlet, sure, so you can string fairy lights or, say, blow dry your hair, but nothing as advanced […]
New Category! WTF?
I’ve read somewhere that in designing a Japanese garden a newbie should start with a field of gravel and slowly place rocks, plants and water; this is supposed to remind one that less is more, that everything hangs in an elegant balance that can be destroyed when one tries to fill space. I’m really hoping […]