Plant of the Week ~ Salvia officinalis (Sage)

This week we are taking a look at an evergreen shrub that has been used by humans for centuries - Salvia officinalis (Sage). Flowering in summer, sage is a great addition to the garden not only for it's uses and it's value to wildlife but also for the beauty of its flowers and foliage. Let's take a closer look at this wonderful plant.

Plant of the week ~ Lupinus (Lupine)

This week we take a look at a charming herbaceous plant ~ Lupinus (Lupine). With their distinct finger-like foliage, lupines provide wonderful texture and visual appeal even when they are not in flower. However, when they do bloom from late spring to midsummer, expect to see flower spikes in many different colours ranging from creams and yellows, oranges and reds, to pinks and purples. But it's not only visual beauty that lupines provide. Read on to learn more about this wonderful species.

Plant of the week ~ Passiflora (Passionflower)

This week we take a look at one of my all time favourite plants ~ Passiflora (Passionflower). This beautiful, evergreen vine climbs using tendrils to secure itself to other plants or supporting structures such as trellises, bamboo canes, and pergolas. With its' exquisite blooms opening from summer to early autumn, who wouldn't want to grow … Continue reading Plant of the week ~ Passiflora (Passionflower)

Slugs and snails, enemy of the gardener? Or vital member of the Ecosystem?

Slugs! Every year we hear about gardeners waging war with slugs complaining about losing¬†half their garden to the slimy "pests". But when was the last time you walked around a forest to find it destroyed by slugs or any other pest? So maybe we need to rethink our eternal struggle to control pests such as … Continue reading Slugs and snails, enemy of the gardener? Or vital member of the Ecosystem?