Now ‘tis the spring and weeds are shallow-rooted;
Suffer them now and they’ll o’ergrow the garden.
Shakespeare, King Henry VI
Who knew the Bard was a gardener? Following his excellent advice, and thanks to the early warm weather, I have already started spring cleanups. This is the earliest I have been able to work in gardens, weeks ahead of last year. As the soil has dried, I will also begin planting this week. Despite the early start, annual planting will have to wait until May when all danger of frost has passed.
As you can see, I have a new logo this year. Within the next few weeks I will also have new signs and a website. These will better reflect my design sense and services. I will notify you when the website is up and running.
The lack of snow last winter and the early heat with lower than average rainfall has resulted in very dry conditions in the garden. With no rain forecast until next week, it is not too early to begin watering the garden. To combat dry conditions and save water costs through the summer use a rain barrel and soaker hoses. The best water for gardens is rainwater. Unlike Toronto tap water, it has no chlorine, contains mineral nutrients and is free. Soaker hoses deliver water gently and directly to plant roots, avoiding water waste through runoff and evaporation.
The Perennial Plant of the Year for 2010 is Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis). Native to central and eastern North America, Blue False Indigo thrives in sunny locations with average to poor soil, in good drainage. It is quite drought-tolerant once established. Plants are not especially quick to reach a mature size but the tradeoff is that they are long lived and have very interesting black seed heads late in the season.
Unfortunately, as of July 1, 2010, I will have to collect HST (8%) to submit to the Ontario government. You will see the change on invoices after that date.
It will be good to get back to work in your garden. I am fortunate to have Anna Klimova assisting me again this year. Please give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions or requests.
See you soon in the garden, Sara