butterfly plants for a balcony

I will broaden the querie . My deck is approx. 5X8 with a southeast exposure lots of sun in the morning and none in the afternoon. I am located in Chelmsford (NW of the city of Sudbury) I would like…

Small Ornamental Trees

Hi there. Thanks for your response to one of my earlier questions. I’m thinking of adding some ornamental trees to my backyard. I garden in zone 5. It has clay-ish soil and is in full sun on a gentle south-facing…

Hellstrip Gardening

Hi, I live in Oshawa (5b/6a). I’m thinking of planting up my hellstrip with some things. It is completely covered by snow in the winter and gets some salt The strip faces south, with a young Northern Red Oak. Two…

City of Toronto Tree on my small front lot

I have a small (approx 15′ x 15′) front lot on which I have cultivated a butterfly and bee friendly garden and on which the City plans to plant a tree this spring. I’d prefer something slow growing that will…

Solidago (Goldenrod)

Hello..thanks for all your answers over the past year..I have a Goldenrod that bloomed a fantastc yellor in the first week of November 2018 but has dried a bit..can I cut those dead blooms and harvest them indoors for seeds…

Questions from a community kindergarten group

Hello, I’m an ECE student doing a placement at a kindergarten class at Frankland Community School. Would you be willing to answer a couple of questions that they have about butterflies? I saw that you run workshops about plants that…

Winterberry

Can I plant a Winterberry plant in the garden now in November (if the ground isn’t frozen). I just bought a small potted one and I’m not sure if I should keep it inside. What is the best way to…

Fall tree planting

I want to plant a few trees at our cottage this fall but not sure what would work best in our area. Burnt river Ontario. I love umbrella trees but not sure if that is s good choice for that…

black bugs on calendula flower stems

Hello, My calendula flower stems keep getting these small black bugs that I cannot get rid of. What causes it and how can I avoid them? Are the seeds stil good to be gathered even though they sometimes are full…

insect or disease

can you identify the culprit that shreds the leaves on this plant & advise a remedy…