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All About Fall Foliage

In the summer, when daylight hours are long, trees produce chlorophyll which keeps them green. In the fall, when daylight hours become shorter and the temperature is cooler, the trees go into dormancy and stop producing chlorophyll. This is when you get bright fall colours such as red, orange and yellow. Since fall colours are

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Save Your Hibiscus!

What a year for hibiscus! I grew one of my favourites of all time (picture above) and now I want to save it for years to come! Tips to Overwintering Hibiscus Plants this Fall If planted in a garden, pot hibiscus in a container using container soil, insure pot has drainage. Before bringing indoors, spray

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5 Bulbs to Plant in Fall

Plant bulbs are best planted in the fall, after a few frosts. Check out my below list of 5 favourite bulbs to plant in the autumn for a colourful spring garden. Also, for advice on planting bulbs view “5 Fall Bulb Planting Tips”. 1. Allium Allium blooms in late spring with a variety of flower

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5 Fall Bulb Planting Tips

In this video I show Tracey Moore and Cityline guests how to plant bulbs in the fall, for great spring colour. Bulbs are best planted in the fall, after a few frosts. The bulbs are little storage facilities that hold all the nutrients and energy needed to grow the plant next spring. When in bloom,

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Think Spring for Fall Garden

It’s important to think spring when gardening in the fall. In this video I talk about the importance of cleaning up your yard, weeding and proper pruning in the autumn months. Fall is great time to plant perennials and bulbs… and garden centres have great sales on at this time of the year. When planting

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The Secret Garden

Once upon a time, two worlds collided when the design and culinary expertise of Kim and Robert Bartley were combined to create a little piece of heaven in their backyard. In their hectic lives they needed a place to relax at home. Mind you they loved their house and it served them well; every room

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Pollinator Garden

The Frankie Flowers Inc. offices are located in a beautiful historic house situated in the middle of a forest. We love it here! The building is also home to the Windfall Ecology Centre, an environmental-based non-profit group. A large pile of mulch was donated for Windfall’s demonstration rain garden. The leftovers sat for a while,

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Fall Plant Trends

Fall is a great time for colour in your flower garden. Here are my top 10 easy plants for fall. Top 10 Plants for Fall 1. Asters You can choose native, annual or perennial asters for your fall garden and they come in a large variety of bold colours. 2. Caryopteris This small to medium

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Hot Peppers, Hot Trend

Growing hot peppers at home in the vegetable garden or via container gardening is very popular. It’s all about the hot sauces and experimenting with a little heat in the kitchen. In this Cityline segment I talk about the different types of hot peppers you can grow at home, if you dare! Tips for Growing

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Fall Flower Blooms Early

How do they do it? Fall Garden Mums in August? Have you noticed that perennial garden chrysanthemums are already springing up for sale at garden centres and home improvement stores everywhere? You may find this strange because in the stores they are full of buds and blooms but in your home garden they are green,

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