Our 2018 Seeds Have Arrived!

By , 2018/01/18

January 20th, 2018

Choose from a selection of fresh Seeds!

Our stores have received their 2018 seed racks. These fresh new seeds are ready to grow. Now is a great time to to start many of them in your home to be ready to plant in your garden when the warmer weather arrives in April and May. Most seeds can now be started indoors in a sunny window. Choose from seeds for Herbs, Vegetables, and Flowers.

If you are looking for Certified Organic Seeds several of our suppliers have a selection of Organic Seeds on their racks.

You can choose from the following seed companies:

Click here for our Seed Starting Brochure

Hamamelis

By , 2018/01/07

January 7th, 2018

Add colour and fragrance to your winter garden with Witch Hazel!

Witch hazels, also known as Hamamelis, are excellent deciduous shrubs to add to your winter garden. Known best for their colourful flowers and beautiful fragrance no garden would be complete without at least one variety of Witch Hazel. The flowers are beautiful during late winter and early spring from December to February.

The stems of this plant also add structure to your garden. During the summer the green leaves provide an excellent backdrop for other flowering shrubs or excellent shade for your hosta’s or other shade plants.

Witch hazels are hardy to zone 5 (-15 F, or -23 C) and most will grow to 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. They are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. They flower best in a sunny location. They prefer moist, acidic, organically rich soils and can tolerate heavy clay soils.

As they grow it is important to remove sucker shoots that grow from the root system to prevent them from spreading. For general pruning give them a light pruning in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

The x intermedia hybrids (H. mollis x H. japonica) are large deciduous shrubs which typically grow 12-20′ tall and feature mid to late winter flowers.

You can choose from the following varieties:

  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’ - bright yellow flowers
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Jelena’ – vibrant yellow flower
  • Hamamelis intermedia ‘Sunburst’ – bright yellow

Helleborus

By , 2018/01/06

January 6th, 2018

Heavenly Helleborus!

Helleborus, or Christmas Rose, are an easy to grow perennial that bloom continuously for many months. Some varieties start in early December and can bloom until March. They grow best in a dry shady location. They are fairly disease resistant, drought tolerant, and deer resistant. For more information about growing Helleborus click here.

Primula

By , 2018/01/05

January 5th, 2018

Add colour to your winter garden with Primula!

If you are looking to add a little colour to your winter garden a fresh delivery of Primula have arrived. Also known as Primrose these hardy plants are great for adding colour to your pots, containers, and gardens. With a range of colours from Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow and White you can be sure to find the right colour for your garden. They make a great planting over your spring bulbs as they will not get in the way when your crocus, tulips, or daffodils grow through them. Be sure to stop by and check out the colours we have available for you.

Indoor Tropical Plants

By , 2018/01/02

January 2nd, 2018

Add a Touch of the Tropics to your home!

Most people know that having house plants is good for your home, but how are they good for your home? There are many benefits to having indoor plants including their ability to clean your air. With the right number of house plants you can breathe easier, enjoy improved health, and have a sharper focus.

Over the years NASA has conducted research into the best house plants for cleaning and purifying air. Some of the best include; Areca Palm, Pothos, Peace Lily, Chinese Evergreen, Philodendron, Dracaena, Weeping Fig, and the Rubber Plant. For a list of the best plants for cleaning your air click here. NASA recommends one plant, in a 6 inch (15 cm) or larger pot, per 100 square feet of household. So an 1,000 square foot home should have 10 small house plants.

For tips about growing indoor plants click here.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

By , 2017/12/25

December 25th, 2017

Recycling Your Christmas Tree!

There are several ways that you can recycle your Christmas tree in Greater Vancouver. Here are some alternatives. For more alternatives call the BC Recycling Hotline at 604-732-9253.

Tree Chipping at our Surrey Store

On Saturday January 6th bring your Christmas tree to our Surrey store and professionals from Bartlett Tree Experts (www.bartlett.com) will be on hand to chip your tree from 10 am to 2 pm. Chipping is provided by donation with the proceeds benefiting the Jane Stock Foundation (www.janestockfoundation.com) which support Horticulture education in BC.

Residential Collection (Surrey, Delta, or Langley)

Surrey residents that receive yard trimmings collection may put their tree out before 7 AM on their regular yard trimming collection day until January 31st. Residents are asked to cut the tree into branches and bundle the branches together for ease of pickup. For more information contact the City of Surrey Garbage and Recycling line at 604-590-7289.

Delta residents can put your Christmas tree out with your yard waste but regular restrictions apply. Bundles must be no more than 1 meter by 60 cm.

Langley (City or Township) residents can put your Christmas tree out with your yard waste but regular restrictions apply. Bundles must be no more than 1 meter by 60 cm and weigh no more than 34 kg (75 lbs).

Transfer Station (Surrey, Delta, or Langley)

Surrey residents are welcome to drop off their tree at the transfer station at 9770 – 192nd Street, Surrey. The Transfer Station is open from 8 AM until 5 PM Monday to Friday and 8 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday. For more information call the Transfer Station at 604-513-2409.

Delta residents are welcome to drop off their trees at the Vancouver Landfill for Composting. The composting facility is located at 5400 – 72nd Street in Delta.

Langley residents are welcome to drop off their trees for a fee at the transfer station located at 1070 – 272 Street, Langley. The transfer station is open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chipping Events

Many local Charities host chipping events by donation. Here are a few:

Surrey firefighters will be on hand to assist with the chipping of Christmas trees at the Newton Athletic Park (128th Street and 74th Avenue).

  • Emanuel Covenant Church – January 6th 10am to 4pm and January 7th 1 to 4pm, at 17029 16th Ave., Surrey. Info: Emmanuelcovenant.ca.
  • Enver Creek Secondary Dry Grad fundraiser Date/Time TBD. Held first weekend of January at school, 14505 84 Avenue, Surrey, Check their website for more info at https://www.surreyschools.ca/schools/envercreek/Pages/default.aspx
  • Surrey Firefighters’ Annual Tree Chip (by donation) Newton Athletic Park (128th Street and 74th Avenue). visit Surreyfirefighters.com/charitablesociety/campaigns/treechip/ for date and time
  • The North Delta Lions Club are hosting a tree chipping event at Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue) in Ladner on January 6th and 7th from 9am to 4pm both days.

 

Residential Collection (Vancouver)

Households that receive yard trimmings collection may put their tree out before 7 AM on their regular yard trimming collection day during the week of January 16th. For more information visit the City of Vancouver’s website here, contact the City of Vancouver Recycling Hotline at 604-326-4600, OR recycle@vancouver.ca.

Vancouver South Transfer Station

Any city of Vancouver resident is welcome to drop off their undecorated tree at the transfer station until January 31st at the Vancouver South Transfer Station (377 West Kent Avenue North) and the Vancouver Landfill (5400 – 72nd Street, Delta)

Lions Club Chipping Event (Vancouver)

The Lions Club of BC hosts Chipping Events at several locations. Donations of Cash and non-perishable food items will be distributed to local charities. Chipping events will take place at the following locations:

  • Kits Beach Parking Lot (Cornwall and Arbutus)
  • Kerrisdale Ice Rink (5670 East Boulevard North of 41st)
  • Sunset Beach Upper Parking Lot (Beach Avenue and Broughton Street)

For 2017 the chipping events will take place on January 7th and 8th from 10 am to 4 pm. Contact the Lions Club for more information:

(www.vancouverlions.com)

UBC Christmas Tree Chipper Event (Vancouver)

“Chip In” by recycling your Christmas tree at the UBC Botanical Gardens. Your tree will be chipped into bark mulch for the pathways. For self service you can drop your tree off anytime between December 26th and January 8th, between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

Drop trees at the UBC Botanical Garden parking lot, at 6804 South West Marine Dr. Please remove all lights, decorations, tinsel, stands, or other items. No yard trimmings please, just Christmas trees. UBC Plant Operations and UBC Botanical Garden proudly sponsor this sustainability initiative. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Visit botanicalgarden.ubc.ca or call 604-822-4208 for more information.

Live Christmas Trees

By , 2017/12/04

December 4th, 2017

Keep it Real with a Live Christmas Tree!

If you don’t want to kill a tree this Christmas, or your apartment strata doesn’t allow cut Christmas trees why not try a Live Christmas Tree this holiday season? A live Christmas tree still has it roots attached and can live for many years (If you take care of it). You can choose from a selection of Live trees including Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Spruce, Norway Spruce, Omorika (Serbian) Spruce, Austrian Pine, or Scotch Pine.

If you do choose a live tree this Christmas there are some important things to know about having a live tree indoors. The most important thing to know is that live trees cannot be kept inside the house for more than 7 to 10 days. If you keep your live tree indoors for too long the tree will think that it is spring and start to grow. Then when you put it outside the tree gets shocked and will die. If you try to keep your live tree indoors all winter it will not be able to handle to warm dry air and it will die. Which generally defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

In order to prevent this from happening you should acclimatize the tree to indoor temperatures by following these steps:

  1. On the first day place the tree in a cool area between 10° and 15° C (50° to 59° F)
  2. On the second day bring the tree indoors and place in its spot
  3. Place the tree away from the fireplace and all heating vents
  4. Keep the roots of the tree moist while indoors by checking it every day
  5. Use only miniature or LED Christmas lights
  6. Do not leave the lights on for more than 4 to 6 hours per day

When the Holidays are over you need to acclimatize the tree to outdoor temperatures by:

  1. Placing the tree in a cool area for at least two days prior to moving outside
  2. Plant the tree in the garden with liquid transplanter fertilizer (If the temperatures outside are below freezing then keep the tree moist and cool, but prevent it from freezing, and delay planting until the ground has warmed up)

If you follow these simple steps you can enjoy your live tree for several years before it gets too big and needs to be planted in the ground.

Christmas Trees

By , 2017/11/25

November 25th, 2017

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees!

There is nothing more enjoyable that the look, feel, and smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. You can bring the scents of the season home with one of our Douglas Fir trees. The Douglas Fir is the most popular Christmas tree. You can choose from a naturally grown tree or a trimmed (cultured) tree that has been pruned to give them the perfect Christmas tree shape.

For information about the types of trees we have this year and how to care for them to ensure that they last the longest click here.

Amaryllis

By , 2017/11/07

November 7th, 2017

Start your Amaryllis now for Christmas Blooms!

If you are looking for some beautiful flowers to bloom in your home for the holidays look no further than Amaryllis. These bulbs provide your with weeks of colour through the holiday season, often blooming well into January. Amaryllis normally take about 6 to 8 weeks from the time you plant them until they bloom. If you don’t have that much time you can grow several special varieties that will bloom in 4 to 6 weeks. They can produce multiple flowers stems with 3 to 6 blooms per stem.

For more information about “Forcing Bulbs” including growing Amaryllis and getting them to re-bloom next year click here.

You can choose from a number of varieties including:

  • Apple Blossom
  • Mont Blanc
  • Red Lion

 

Paperwhites

By , 2017/11/06

November 6th, 2017

It is time to Start your Paperwhites for Christmas Blooms!

Paperwhites is the name given to these easy-to-grow Daffodils (also known as Narcissus). Paperwhites grow and bloom indoors very easily. They require little care but reward you with a long period of fragrant indoor flowers. They are great near an entrance way to greet your guests or in your living or dining room to add a sweet fragrance.

Paperwhites can be grown in a pot with soil, but do just as well in rocks with water. To grow them in soil find a suitable pot and plant the bulb so that the top third of the bulb is visible above the soil. Water them until the soil is evenly moist. To grown them in water place an inch or two of rocks or glass beads in the bottom of a vase. Place the bulbs on top of the rocks an fill the vase with water until it touches the base of the bulb. Place the pot or vase in a bright sunny window to encourage the bulbs to grow. Regularly check the pot or vase adding water as needed. It is best if you plant the bulbs in the soil or rocks and place them in a cool room for 2 to 3 weeks to let them develop roots. Then move them indoors where it should take 4 to 6 weeks to bloom.

For more information about “Forcing Bulbs” and growing Papaerwhites click here.

 

 

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