Minter Country Garden Blog
There’s been an enormous change in public perception of Valentine’s Day in recent years. It’s become less about romantic relationships and more about showing appreciation of friends, family, and loved ones. It is also less about spending a lot of money, and more about being thoughtful of what might make someone happy!
This is one of the hardest times of the year for our indoor plants due to the extra warmth from heaters and fireplaces and the low humidity inside our homes. The short daylight hours aren’t much help either! Things do get better, though, as we inch along with increasing daylight, but there are a number of important things we can do now to keep our plants back in good shape.
Now that we’re officially in winter, any outside colour is a real treat. Believe it or not, though, a wealth of flowering shrubs have been blooming in many gardens since late November!
When it comes to gift giving, they say it’s the thought that counts, and it’s true! Should you be stuck for ideas, however, we are happy to offer you several. No matter what kind of gardener is on your list – from ‘The Pro’ to ‘They Kill Plastic Plants’ – we have a plethora of beautiful, practical, fun, long lasting and/or tasty gifts to shop from!
I love the idea of continuing colour into the winter months using outside porch pots. They are beautifully assembled collections of hardy evergreens, deciduous plants, or cut branches that really pop in winter artistically arranged in an attractive container. In addition to looking amazing, though, they need to withstand the abuse of winter weather (with some protection in the worst conditions) without losing their aesthetic appeal.
Hyacinths, ‘Paperwhite’ narcissus, and amaryllis are winter delights to enjoy in our homes when the weather has changed our outdoor gardens into cold, grey, bleak winterscapes. All of these ‘indoor bulbs’ are specially prepared to bloom easily inside our homes. The trick, however, is to create the very best conditions for optimum flowering over the longest period of time.
Strategically plant your winter colour in groups, contrasting blocks of bright colours, like yellow, with more pastel shades for the most vibrant effect. Centre groupings of pansies with the many unique colours of evergreen carex grasses and add colourful conifers,...
Sourwood Tree I can't make up my mind if I like a sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) better in August or in October. In August, its cascades of white flowers are a nice treat. Then in late summer, its foliage turns to red, lasting well into late October. It’s a...
We’ve loved the exotic look of our tropical plants on our patios all summer, but we are moving closer to the cool nights of autumn so… now what? How and when we overwinter these more delicate plants depends on their individual nature and the most tender plants should be addressed first.
Weeding First, the weeds! They compete with our existing grasses for water and food, all while looking unsightly and spreading like wildfire. Most of them are annuals, so consistent, weekly mowing with the blades set as low as possible is the first line of defense. If...