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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Posted By: Desiree Markewich in Bulbs


With the final days of summer slowly approaching it’s only natural for us gardeners to start planning for next year. The first thing to spring to mind (no pun intended) is fall planting bulbs: Crocus, Tulips, Hyacinth and many more. Often the first sign of colour we are rewarded with in the garden during early spring, planting bulbs in the fall is easy, affordable, and something you must try - if you havent already!

Early Fall (September) is when these flowering beauties start to arrive at the nursery, but we encourage you to Pre-Order early, so you don’t miss out on the 20 stunning new varieties we are recieving this year. 

Early Spring Flowering Bulbs


 
If you want to feel the warm glow of sunshine in early spring, try new varieties Crocus ‘Early Gold’ or Iris ‘Katherine’s Gold’. These yellow cuties are very petite in nature, only growing 4-6 inches tall! This small size makes them perfect for containers or small gardens.
 

Desire something with a bit more colour and size? Try out Narssisus Colourful Companions 'Dancin' in the Sun' combo. An early spring charmer growing to a height of 16 inches and featuring 2 different varieties of white, gold and yellow daffodils.

Mid Spring Flowering Bulbs


For some interest in the garden during mid spring, you can’t go wrong with either Daffodil 'Acropolis' or 'Falmouth Bay'. An elegant almost pure white colour and nice height of 16-20 inches makes this pair stand out among fellow plants gracing the period between spring and summer.

 

The perfect Daffodil (Narcissus) for a patio or smaller garden has to be Narcissus ‘White Petticoat’. Growing to a dimure height of 4 inches, this adorable white daffodil has deep green stems making the crisp white of the blooms even more notable.
 

A featured bulb this year, Tulipa ‘Canadian Liberator’ was released to honour and celebrate 75 years of European Liberation! Canadian Liberator stands tall at 22 inches high and is a strong, bright red, featuring nearly perfect shaped flowers.
 

If you love pink and are looking for some mid spring color we suggest Tulipa ‘Foxtrot’ or Colourful Companions ‘Rasberry Meringue’. Foxtrot is a fragrant, double tulip in a glorious bubblegum pink and Rasberry Meringue combines a creamy white, double daffodil with a matching creamy tulip with raspberry pink accents.

Late Spring


To bring a few splashes of pink to your late spring garden as well, or if enjoy foraging in the garden for cut flower arrangements then you must choose Double Tulip ‘Dazzling Sensation’ or ‘Crispion Sweet’. Crispion Sweet has full, solid pink flowers with fringed petals, while Dazzling Sensation’s blooms are packed with smoother petals with white feathering at the outer petal edges. 
   


Two later Spring flowers that will become a focal point in the garden, and that pollinators can’t miss are Allium ‘Rosy Dream’ and Colourful Companions ‘Hot Shots’. Rosy Dream will grow to 18 inches and feature lovely, globe-like purple blooms, and Hot Shots combines two vivid red tulip varieties that stand at a grand 24 inches tall.


Summer




To get the most out of planting bulbs in the fall you can extend your flowering season into summer by choosing plants such as the Camas or Foxtail Lily. Foxtail Lilies (Eremurus) are extrodinarily tall, perennials that have massive flower spikes. For pink flowers try Eremurus ‘Shelford Pink' or ‘Robustus’ and for orange blooms ‘Cleopatra’. Camassia leichtini ‘Alba’ is an equally tall plant, bearing flower spikes matching the Foxtail Lilies grandeur but in a pale white shade with larger individual flowers upon the spike.   

Garlic

 



If flowers aren’t your thing, or your just enjoy growing your own veggies we suggest planting garlic this fall. Planting garlic is easy, all you have to do is separate each garlic bulb carefully into individual cloves. Plant your cloves in a rich soil by pushing each clove 1-2 inches into the soil with the flat side down and pointed-tip upwards towards the surface of the soil. Your harvest will be ready anytime from Spring through Summer. You will know when the leaves have become mostly yellow, i.e. more yellow on the leaf than there is green. Chesnok, Yugoslavian and Mixed Gourmet varieties are new this year! 

Pre-Order

Any of the bulbs featured in this article. Simply click on the bulb mentioned in the article and it will take you to our pre-order page! 

Pre-Orders end September 1, 2019 when bulbs start to arrive. For availability after September 1 call in store (604) 882 1201.


Sunday, August 4, 2019
Posted By: in Recipes

The all too brief season of figs will soon be upon us. Fig trees are a treasure of the European garden that are a surprisingly easy fruit to grow in the Pacific Northwest. These spreading, rambling trees can produce 1-2 crops of delicious fresh figs a year if given enough warmth and heat. Even in cooler temperatures you will be rewarded with at least 1 crop. 


An unusual but delicious fruit, figs possess a very dynamic flavor making them a great addition to a number of dishes. They are wonderful on puff pastry sheets with goat cheese, roasted with bacon & chile, fresh with blue cheese & a honeycomb, these are just a few of my favorites but options are endless! To assist in narrowing your search for the perfect fig combo here is a chutney I rather enjoy which also takes advantage of a co-season rarity to the fig: fresh quince.
 

Quince & Fig Chutney 


6 Large - Fresh
10 - Fresh
1
2 Cups
1 Tsp
 

Quince or 8 Medium Apples (about 3 lbs)
Figs
Lemon
Sugar
Green Cardamom Pods


Let’s Get Started!

Rub quince with a damp paper towel to remove fuzz. Cut 4 quince (6 apples) into large pieces (no need to peel, core, or remove seeds). Place in a large heavy pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until quince are very soft, 60–75 minutes. Halve the figs, or quarter if very large. Shell cardamom & grind in mortar & pestle; zest lemon, then juice (should yield about 1/4 cup)

Strain cooking liquid into a large bowl; discard quince. Wipe out pot; reserve.

Meanwhile peel, core, and thinly slice remaining 2 quince. Add to quince pot along with lemon zest and juice, sugar, cardamom, figs, and reserved cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and very gently boil, stirring often and skimming surface occasionally, until quince is translucent and a spoon dragged across pot leaves a line that quickly disappears, 25–30 minutes, or 40–50 minutes if using apples.

Divide preserves among jars. Let cool; cover and chill. 
 

Do Ahead

Preserves can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep chilled.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canada Day in the Garden

A celebration of red and white blooms

Posted By: Shelley Levis in Gardening

Happy Canada Day

Canada Day in the Garden

It's true, this is where most people celebrate our nations birthday. In some form or another, we are enjoying the great outdoors when this July holiday comes around. For some, that's getting in touch with nature and pitching a tent. For others, it entails a BBQ, some cool beverages and spending time with our friends and family.

So since this is how we honor our countries big day, we thought we would take a wonder around the nursery and just see what plants and tree's are doing the same in our nations favorite colors.

Hydrangea

Let's start with this beauty! Hydrangea Paniculata 'Phantom' has the hugest flower heads in this species. Perhaps that's why they call it Phatom, for it's freakishly large blooms! It can get up to 2.5 m. if left unpruned. This showy hydrangea tree will produce flowers from July and August turning to a pale pink in fall. Gorgeous!

Dianthus | Carnation

These reliable evergreen perennials have the deepest red double blooms on a soft blue grass like foliage. Dianthus Scent 'First Passion' is a fragrant addtion to a sunny garden bed, perfect in mixed borders or cottage gardens. This is one tough plant, its deer and rabbit resistant, attracts butterflies, grows happily in poor soils and produces flowers from April till frost. That just about checked off everything off on your list right?

Leucanthemum | Shasta Daisy

We saw this one blooming in the perennial house and thought it was perfectly fitting to help us celebrate our nations birthday. Leucanthemum 'Lacrosse' has spoon like white petals with a golden center. Did you know that Lacrosse was our national sport? This plant does and he's a winner in the garden. Well behaved and compact growing only to 30 cm, it's perfect along borders and in rock gardens. Like Dianthus, deer and rabbits avoid it, but the butterflies and hummingbirds adore it!

Acer | Maple

It wouldn't be a Canada Day celebration without the guest of honor now would it? Besides being our national symbol and producing delcious sugary breakfast condiments, this jewel in Canada's crown is beloved for it's landscape quality and gorgeous color throughout the year. Acer Rubrum is a wonderful shade tree and there are several varieties that don't get to large if your trying to find a perfect tree for a small space garden. Show your national pride and come see our wide selection of beautiful Red Maples, one of these beauties deserves to go home to your garden.

From all of us here at Art's Nursery to all of you, Happy Canada Day.... EH!

 

 


Monday, March 16, 2015
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Dahlias are one of the most delightful plants for the summer garden. With hundreds, if not thousands of varieties available, in nearly every shade, colour and shape imaginable, they are a wonderful addition to nearly any garden. Their biggest claim to fame is the abundance of blooms they generate. In fact, the more blooms you pick, the more blooms you will get! If the weather cooperates, they will bloom from summer until frost.

This year, we are product to offer 11 new to us varieties including 3 colourful companion packs.

New Dahlias for 2015

Manhattan Lights Colourful Companion Dahlias

The Manhattan Lights Colourful companion pack features 2 types of decorative dahlias. They offer a lovely pairing of the bold and beautiful red with yellow center Dahlia Manhattan Island and the predominantly yellow Cambridge Dahlia. Both are considered Dinnerplate varieties with their large flowers. 3 Tubers per pack. Like all Dahlias, wait until all chance of frost has passed before planting. Buy Manhattan Lights Dahlia Online

Labyrinth Dahlia

Labyrinth Dahlia is a giant dinnerplate variety that reaches a height of only 36 inches. Flowers have hues of soft pink and juicy peach and can reach 10 inches across. This variety is great for cut flowers. 1 tuber.

Tartan Dahlia

Dahlia Tartan features huge 10 inch blooms in shades of burgundy wine and stark white. Great for cut flowers. Plant will reach a height of approximately 40 inches. 1 tuber.

Rebecca's World Dahlia

Dahlia Rebecca’s World is a bi-colour dahlia with a combination of flaming red and fresh white. Enjoy these beautiful flowers in the garden or in a flower arrangement from summer long and well into fall. Reaches a height of 44 inches. 1 tuber.

Sir Alf Ramsey Dahlia

Sir Alf Ramsey Dahlia is a giant decorative dahlia variety in shades of lilac and white. Flowers can reach over 10 inches in diameter on a plant that grows to 52 inches in height. Flowers from summer into fall. 1 tuber.

Blackberry Wine Dahlia

Dahlia Blackberry Wine is a colourful companion pack of two different coloured dahlias, a wine red variety and a white with speckled variety. Both are cactus-type for great garden and flower arrangement effect. Reaches a height of 40 inches. 3 tubers.

Buy Blackberry Wine Dahlia Online

Ambition Dahlia

Dahlia Ambition is a wonderful, bright purple dahlia with small fringed flowers on a plant that reaches 44 inches in height. Great for cut flowers. 1 tuber.

Viking Dahlia

Dahlia Viking is a smaller pompon or ball shaped flower in shades of red. The plant grows to a height of 30 inches. Flowers all summer long and well into autumn. 1 tuber.

Sylvia Dahlia

Sylvia Dahlia is a nicely formed ball dahlia variety in shades of mid-orange. Flowers can reach 3-4 inches across on a plant growing to 40 inches in height. 1 tuber.

Sunny Boy Dahlia

Sunny Boy Dahlia is a delightful novelty ball dahlia variety that produces tightly rolled yellow flowers with a fiery red center. Flowers can reach about 2 inches in size. 1 tuber.

Dahlia Day at the Beach Colourful Companion Pack

Dahlia Day at the Beach is another colourful companion pack with2 different dahlia varieties. Both are cactus varieties with plants growing to 40 inches in height. One variety is a deep burgundy-red wine colour while the other has peachy cream to pink tones. Great for cut flowers. 3 tubers per pack.

Buy Day at the Beach Dahlia Online

How to Plant and Grow Dahlias

Dahlias should be planted in mid-spring after all chance of frost has passed. In our area, this is usually mid to late April or early May. Plant dahlias in a sunny location with rich, moist, but well drained soils. If the soil is too wet, the tuber may rot. 8 hours of direct sunlight is best.

To plant, dig a hole 4-6 inches deep and sprinkle a handful of bonemeal into the hole. Bonemeal is an organic, slow feeding fertilizer that helps establish roots and contributes to better flowering. If you have heavy soils, consider lightening it up with peat moss, sand and/or compost. Place the dahlia tuber in the hole. For larger varieties, we generally recommend adding a stake at the head of the dahlia so that you can remember where you planted it and so you can tie for support once it starts growing. Ensure the dahlia is horizontal in the hole and cover it with soil. Do not water yet. Wait to water until the dahlia has sprouted above the ground. Dahlias are a favourite food group for snails and slugs. Protect your plants with slug bait, copper tape or any other method that works for you.

Once dahlias are established, they will generally require a deep watering 2-3 times per week. Avoid getting the flowers and foliage wet and if possible, water in the morning so that foliage can dry before nightfall.

Dahlias benefit from applications of fertilizer. Use a low nitrogen and high percentage potassium and phosphorus varieties (low first number, higher second and third numbers). Feed every 3-4 weeks for best results.

For best flowering, pinch or cut away the center shoot when the plant is about 20 inches tall.

Dahlias will flower until the first heavy frost. At this point, it is advisable to cut back and dig up your dahlia clump. Carefully lift the clump out of the ground and wash off the tubers to remove the soil. Pat dry them as best as possible and store in a cool dry place over winter. There are many different opinions on how best to store them, but peat moss, sand or sawdust seem to be the most successful. Plant them again next year!

If you have any questions about Dahlias or are ready to choose your varieties for this year, drop by Art's Nursery and we'd be happy to show you the many options available. As always, call ahead to confirm availability as our selection is always changing.


Thursday, November 13, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum are flowering bulbs from the subtropics of Central and Southern America. In their native climates, they are spring flowering perennials, but in our northern latitudes, they are an extremely popular winter flowering indoor plant. Once planted, they will often burst into bloom in 5-7 weeks. Therefore, if you plant them now in early November, you can get them to show their colours just in time for Christmas!

Amaryllis Flower Collage

Amaryllis foliage is green and strap-like. Once the bulb is planted, flower stalks begin to grow and bloom to produce large flowers in shades of white, pink, red, green and various combinations thereof. There are also varieties with striped and multi-colours. Larger bulbs produce more flowers so choose your bulbs carefully! There is a reason the big-box stores sell cheap Amaryllis, they are small bulbs.

How To Grow AmaryllisAmaryllis Bulb

To grow Amaryllis, place the bottom part of the bulb and the roots into luke-warm water for a few hours to help it rehydrate. Plant the bulb in an indoor pot 4-6 weeks prior to the desired bloom time. Press the soil down firmly around the bulb, but avoid damaging the roots. When planting, keep at least 1/3 of the bulb above the soil level. If you can see the neck of the bulb above the soil, you know you are in good shape! Once planted, leave them alone as they mildly resent root disturbance. The best location for an Amaryllis is bright and warm, and completely frost free. Water sparingly until the stem appears. When actively growing, they are heavy feeders and drinkers so increase the amount of water and fertilizer as needed. Although it is a bulb, a light application of a flowering plant fertilizer will improve flower production. Choose any fertilizer with a high middle number.

Amaryllis Care

After flowering, cut off the spent blooms and when the stem begins to sag, cut off the foliage to the top of the bulb. Continue to water and feed in order to allow the leaves to fully develop. This allows the plant to store more nutrients in the bulb during the warm season. When the leaves begin to yellow, the plant is entering its dormant state. At this point, cut off the leaves and remove the bulb from the soil. Clean the bulb and store in a cool, frost-free dry location. Do not water or feed during this stage. Store the bulb for 6-8 weeks. At this point, you can replant and enjoy your Amaryllis next year!

2014 Amaryllis Varieties

This year we are featuring nearly a dozen different varieties of Amaryllis in-store and online. A few have already sold out, but here are 9 of the ones still available (as of November 13, 2014)

Amaryllis Varieties 2014

Drop by Arts Nursery in person to get yours, or shop for Amaryllis online and we'll have it delivered to you! Quantities of Amaryllis, especially the newer varieties are usually limited so order yours early! They are usually in-stock from late October through December.


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