While some people might feel intimidated by the sight of a softball-sized amaryllis bulb, with its burnished, peeling outer layers, and a tangle of fleshy roots, I look at the same bulb and feel empowered — I know this bulb is packed with potential.
Theresa Forte, special to Postmedia News
Theresa Forte is a Niagara Falls-based gardening consultant whose columns appear regularly in the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review.
A display of discounted tulips and other spring bulbs at a local box store proved irresistible this week.
Do you crave autumn’s warm palette of red, orange and yellow or seek out the cooler schemes of pink, purple and white?
I headed out into the garden on the weekend to cut a few flowers for the table — a half-dozen tall dahlias were calling me from across the garden.
By all rights, I shouldn’t be sitting barefoot, on the back deck, this late in the season, but you won’t hear me complain.
With Thanksgiving just days away, I’d like to share a trio of garden-inspired decorations for your holiday table.
After a couple of weeks out of the country, it was good to come home last week and enjoy a quiet weekend in the garden.
Pull up a chair and join us. Let me introduce you to some of the members of the Master Gardeners of Niagara.
A humble cornfield, edged with golden sunflowers, offers a cheerful welcome to cottagers along the shores of Lake Huron near Port Elgin, Ont.
I enjoy taking long walks along the cottage roads when we visit Port Elgin on the shores of Lake Huron: the ever-evolving panorama of charming cottages, gardens and country lanes is a feast for the eyes.
Is there anything to compare to the flavour of a just-picked, sun warmed, August tomato? A September tomato might come close, but if the nights turn cool, the later crop loses a little sweetness.Tomatoes don’t ask for much in return for their delicious fruit: decent soil, a drink of water when they are thirsty and plenty of sun.
Coming home from a summer holiday can be a bit of a letdown, unless there is a special treat to look forward to at home.
I set out with my camera over my shoulder. I was on a mission. I was looking for ‘words.’
Niagara Falls Horticultural Society’s 22nd annual garden walk is Saturday. Twelve beautiful gardens, each a reflection of the homeowner’s sense of what a garden means to them.
This year’s garden was going to be different — I had a plan.
On quiet weekend mornings, I look forward to breakfast on the deck. It’s a pretty simple affair, freshly brewed coffee, a slice of toast and the sounds of the garden waking up.
Early last summer, I spotted the long, fluffy spikes of the bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) anchoring the back of a reflecting pool at Longwood Gardens, just outside of Philadelphia, PA. It was scorching hot outside, and I bee-lined for the cool shade of the woods at the end of a long, formal lawn. At first, the buckeye was no more than a
Dear Dad, while watering the garden tonight, I noticed my peace rose had come into flower, and suddenly our strolls around the garden came to mind.
Dust off your walking shoes and summer hats — garden walk season opens this weekend with the Shaw Guild Garden Tour.
Last weekend I treated myself to a garden staycation.