Bird of Paradise seems sad

I live in Toronto.  I put Bertie (not a very original name I know) outside in my south facing very sunny yard.  But she just doesn’t seem to be thriving.  I was watering her with distilled water when she was…

Cedar Trees

We have 5 Cedar Trees, they have not been pruned for 15-25 years and have suffered from a lack of water for many years as they are located right next to a Locust Tree and the cement staircase of an…

Kousa dogwood has kept its leaves throughout winter

Hi, I would like to please ask you a question about a kousa dogwood. Let me give you first some background. The soil is sandy, and the backyard is lightly sloped and mostly shaded. There is a mature kousa dogwood…

Fertilizing Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Should I fertilize my limelight tree and what time of the year. I live in Orangeville northwest of Toronto. I realize it should not be done this late in the year. Thanking you in advance…

Purple Leaves on Red Cherry Tomato Plant

My red cherry tomato plant’s leaves were purple when I went to check on them today, is there a natural explanation ? Also can I still eat the tomatoes off a purple leaf plant?(brief history – I use a community…

Emerald Cedars

Four and a half years ago, we planted 22 Emerald Cedars in a row, approx. 30″ apart. Until this year, they have done quite well and have more than doubled in height (10′) and width. Even though I’m on a…

Japanese Lilac not blooming

Dollard des Ormeaux QC (west end on Island of Montreal) Planted 5 years ago. Full sun At the base of the tree I’m growing Thyme is that counter indicated?  Very few blooms this year, not over watered or fertilized –…

White Azalea Care

Here is a picture of my 25 year old azalea. It has been in full bloom since the end of January 2018 (it is now March 25). For the last few years I’ve dug a hole in a shady area…

Adding nutrients to established perennial garden

We have a VERY full perennial garden in a southfacing position. I want to add nutrients to the soil this spring  to keep my plants healthy, without digging into the garden (I am afraid I will disturb the perennials roots).…

Care of Small Citrus Plants

Have had such great success in the past, but last few seem to have an abundance of fruit when very small,  and present one has lost all its leaves with 4 oranges remaining. Finally cut off oranges, and have used…