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N for Ninebark

Categories: Plants.

N for Ninebark April 16, 2014 Ninebark or Physocarpus  are deciduous shrubs that are easy to grow.  There are several varieties, diablo and  summer wine being two of them.  This native shrub prefers full sun to part shade and  grows in the wild from east coast to Manitoba.  Most shrubs are purchased from garden centres. This ornamental shrub was planted in 2010 and is doing really well. It blooms early to mid summer.  If you need to prune this one do it in late fall or wait till well after the blooms have finished.  This is Diablo with the dark plum leaves and pink
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A Narcissus By Any Other Name …

Categories: Plants.

… is a daffodil  or a jonquil but the genus name is Narcissus. So it is N for narcissus for ABC Wednesday. These lovely spring blooming bulbs come in a variety of sizes and colours. Bulbs should be planted in the Fall before the frost sets in. Choose a sunny location with well drained soil.  These daffodils are Double Ice King, originally planted in 2009. After blooming, leave the foilage and just snip away the spent flower, which allows nutrients to return to the bulb for the following year.  These daffodils are Sempre Avanti, originally planted in 2004. These daffodils
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N is for Nasturtiums

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

N is for nasturtiums or Trapaeolum for Alphabe-Thursday. Nasturtiums are a beautiful annual plant that grow well in large containers or right in the garden. The flowers and young leaves are edible as long as you haven’t used any sort of pesticide on them.  The plant is related to mustard and cress hence the tangy taste. They also act like insect repellent and are wonderful companion plants, deterring white flies, squash bugs, and they are a trap crop for aphids.  They also attract beneficial insects and of course hummingbirds. Believe it or not these plants are growing in a tub from an
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