Potting Soil

I purchased ‘Black Earth’ bags from a large grocery store, and mixed it with some of the dirt already in my pots from last season.   My flowers have not been thriving in these pots and someone told me that black…

Gladioli Without Buds

I planted these Gladiolus since end of April. There are no flower buds and the leaves stop growing. Also there are so burnt and brown marks at the tips of some leaves. Not sure what’s going on with my Gladiolus.…

Problematic Rosemary

This is a first year rosemary plant (my five year old bush died in the winter ) and is presently outside. I noticed these yellow and black areas on some lower leaves. What is it and what can I do?…

Milkweed Seeds (Planting)

Dear Sirs, I have harvested some milkweed pods last fall and want to plant them in my backyard located in downtown Toronto. What is the best way to go about it? The pods look well, they are dry and seeds…

Ajuga Failed Under Pine Tree

I had ajuga doing well under a pine tree – for a few years – but then it all died away. Am puzzled….. Mind you, the pine is of course growing, now fairly tall. Could there be something about the…

Lilac tree looking thin and blooms are sparse

We have a lilac tree that is getting thinner looking each year and has fewer blooms each year. As you can see in thd phito, the blooms are not full and there sre several branches with nothing on them. There…

Tulip, Narcissus (Daffodils) and Hyacinth Bulb Care

Should I take the old flowers off bulbs when they are done flowering? Does this strengthen or weaken the bulb? How can I strengthen these flowering bulbs? I spent a lot last fall on over 100 tulips and over 100…

Thuya’s Top Browning

I planted my Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) in a sunny spot 3 years ago.  My soil is not great, with lots of clay, but I try to make it more drainable every time I plant something.  It enjoyed healthy…

Ranunculus and peonies

I recently moved to a new home and area (Brampton, Ontario).  We haven’t finished planning the backyard yet so I will be starting my ranunculus and peonies (bush type) bulbs in containers.  It is a full sun area.  I believe…