Archive: January, 2017

Sea Buckthorn

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - Uncategorized

Hippophae rhamnoides & cvs. Sea buckthorn is a very common and well-respected plant in the eastern part of the world, where it’s used to produce around 200 different products.  The berries are high in Vitamin C and other nutrients.  In the West, it is largely unknown, except to horticulturists, a few specialty berry growers, and […]

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Scots Pine

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Pinus sylvestris & cvs. I’m a huge fan of all the pines, especially Scots.  I love the colour and texture of the bark, the random crooks and bends of the trunk, and the way the limbs hold their needles, giving the trees the look of an exotic, oriental garden tree. We are fortunate in Red […]

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Saskatoon

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Fruiting Shrubs, Shrubs

Amelanchier alnifolia & cvs. Saskatoon is one of my favourite plants.  I have fond childhood memories of berry-picking with my mom, in the northern BC woods.  Besides bearing tasty fruit, saskatoon is a great ornamental plant, with beautiful white flowers in spring, and excellent fall colour.  The many available cultivars allow you to choose the […]

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Russian Olive

Posted by shane - January 11, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Eleagnus angustifolia Russian olive is not a common shade tree in my area.  It prefers poor soils and does well in waste places and less-than-ideal growing sites.  It has nice silvery-gray-green foliage, which makes an interesting accent in a mixed ornamental planting, or as a specimen in areas where other things won’t grow.  There is […]

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Russian Almond

Posted by shane - January 9, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Prunus tenella Russian almond is uncommon in the Prairie landscape and is often mistaken for double-flowering plum.  Actually, it’s sometimes mis-labeled as a plum in the garden centres.  So I’ve had an occasional argument with people who want me to look at their plum, and when I tell them its an almond, they so, no it’s […]

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Rose

Posted by shane - January 9, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Rose – Rosa cvs. and hybrids Wild Rose – Rosa acicularis Rose cultivation and maintenance is branch of horticulture unto itself, and I do not claim to be a rose expert, especially of the plethora of cultivars that are grown on the Prairies.  That said, basic rose maintenance is pretty straightforward.  For those of you […]

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Oystershell Scale-Resistant Hedging Alternatives

Posted by shane - January 3, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Hedges, Insect Pests

Oystershell scale continues to devastate Calgary hedges, and we treated a record number of them in 2016.  This trend is likely to continue.  It is getting to the point that keeping a cotoneaster healthy in Calgary might not be worth the money or effort for many people.  I’ve been telling my customers that I would […]

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