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  • January 11, 2017
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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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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...

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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...

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  • January 9, 2017
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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...

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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...