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Growing cauliflower

Cauliflower is part of the cabbage family along with broccoli, turnips, and brussels sprouts. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea, Botrytis group) is also called “heading broccoli”. It is a type of cabbage that originated in southern Europe. For many gardeners, cauliflower is one of the most temperamental crops to grow in the vegetable garden. Unlike broccoli which […]

Growing sunflowers

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas in the family Asteraceae, with a large flowering head (inflorescence). The stem of the flower can grow as high as 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching up to 30 cm in diameter with the “large” seeds. The term “sunflower” is also […]

Buffalo Juniper

The Buffalo Juniper is an old-fashioned landscape plant, common in establish landscapes but not currently popular. Prone to spider mites. Many different varieties available, extremely difficult to distinguish. It is a low, spreading juniper. The bright green, soft, feathery foliage retains good color in winter. An excellent hardy ground cover. The plant is an evergreen […]

Growing lilac

The Lilac Tree (Syringa) is a fully hardy deciduous small tree. It’s claim to fame is the mass of flowers it produces in mid to late Spring. Most of the flowers have a delicious scent – powerful but not over-powering. The majority of lilac trees have dark green leaves. Aside from Roses, there is no […]