Garden Making http://gardenmaking.com Home Gardening Tips, New Plants, Garden Planning & Design Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:27:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Rio portulaca for hot spots http://gardenmaking.com/rio-portulaca-hot-spots/ http://gardenmaking.com/rio-portulaca-hot-spots/#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:27:38 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30402 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/rio-portulaca-hot-spots/feed/ 0 I’ve been gardening for 30 years, but it’s still a new day when I trip over a problem and discover growing insights. First, the happy solution. A beautiful pot of annual Rio Series yellow portulaca (Portulaca oleracea) has been the… 9 fabulous edibles for a container kitchen garden http://gardenmaking.com/9-fabulous-edibles-container-kitchen-garden/ http://gardenmaking.com/9-fabulous-edibles-container-kitchen-garden/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:16:51 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30303 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/9-fabulous-edibles-container-kitchen-garden/feed/ 0 Carol Pope’s compact but bountiful kitchen container garden. (All photos by Carol Pope) I’m always amazed by how much food I harvest ongoingly from our patio planters. I pop back and forth from kitchen to garden throughout the summer to… ‘Black Pearl’: A heirloom hybrid tomato http://gardenmaking.com/black-pearl-heirloom-hybrid-tomato/ http://gardenmaking.com/black-pearl-heirloom-hybrid-tomato/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:12:05 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30257 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/black-pearl-heirloom-hybrid-tomato/feed/ 2 Here I go again, monitoring the tomato sweepstakes on my front walkway. I have four plants in containers, and their proximity satisfies my obsessive urge to count blossoms and tiny green fruits several times a day. Last year’s winner was… The joys of sharing plants http://gardenmaking.com/joys-sharing-plants/ http://gardenmaking.com/joys-sharing-plants/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:23:56 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30221 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/joys-sharing-plants/feed/ 1 Close to 15 years ago, I stopped at a roadside plant sale in Upper Granville, not far from Annapolis Royal, N.S. The affable gardener, Jim Smith, sold me an interesting rose that he called the Dominion Day rose, as its… Garden Making wins silver award http://gardenmaking.com/garden-making-wins-silver-award/ http://gardenmaking.com/garden-making-wins-silver-award/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:27:54 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30186 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/garden-making-wins-silver-award/feed/ 2 The Fall 2013 issue of Garden Making has been recognized with a Silver Award of Achievement in the small garden magazine category by the Garden Writers Association. Entries from the U.S. and Canada were judged on writing, photography and design. Winners of… Problem-solving SunPatiens catch the eye http://gardenmaking.com/problem-solving-sunpatiens/ http://gardenmaking.com/problem-solving-sunpatiens/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:36:14 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30166 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/problem-solving-sunpatiens/feed/ 1 I was recently surprised to see a display of large and vigorous impatiens plants, looking so robust that I had to check their tags to be sure I wasn’t mistaken. They were SunPatiens, a new strain of New Guinea impatiens… Through the Garden Gate in Hogg’s Hollow http://gardenmaking.com/garden-gate-hoggs-hollow/ http://gardenmaking.com/garden-gate-hoggs-hollow/#respond Wed, 28 May 2014 13:29:19 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30110 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/garden-gate-hoggs-hollow/feed/ 0 The neighbourhood and theme for this year’s tour of private gardens to support Toronto Botanical Garden is Hogg’s Hollow: Where the River Meets the Ravine. The hill-and-dale terrain, first settled in 1832, is located near Yonge St. and York Mills, and features… 6 beautiful kales to grow http://gardenmaking.com/6-beautiful-kales-grow/ http://gardenmaking.com/6-beautiful-kales-grow/#respond Tue, 27 May 2014 10:41:59 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30053 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/6-beautiful-kales-grow/feed/ 0 When people ask how my garden is growing, I sometimes joke that it’s not so much a garden as it is a “kale yard.” As author Sharon Hanna (The Book of Kale) writes, “In 19th-century Scotland, common language began to… Many gardens to visit during Garden Days http://gardenmaking.com/garden-days-2014/ http://gardenmaking.com/garden-days-2014/#respond Mon, 26 May 2014 17:28:58 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=30107 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/garden-days-2014/feed/ 0 Garden Days, a coast-to-coast celebration that’s part of an initiative by Canada’s Garden Council, will be held over Father’s Day weekend this year. Several events and garden tours for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists are scheduled over June 13 to 15. National Garden Day,… Shopping for a new sedum http://gardenmaking.com/shopping-new-sedum/ http://gardenmaking.com/shopping-new-sedum/#respond Sun, 18 May 2014 13:04:45 +0000 http://gardenmaking.com/?p=29923 Read more]]> http://gardenmaking.com/shopping-new-sedum/feed/ 0 On a plant-seeking mission through several garden centres this week, I had ‘Autumn Fire’ autumn stonecrop (Sedum [Herbstfreude Group] ‘Autumn Fire’) near the top of my shopping list. This big, bold sedum is an improvement over the old favourite, Autumn…