Leslie Cox

A monarch butterfly feeding on a butterfly bush.

Duchess of Dirt: Butterfly weed named 2017 Plant of the Year

What better way to celebrate the role bees and butterflies play in…

A monarch butterfly feeding on a butterfly bush.
Leslie Cox’s backyard is a winter wonderland.

Duchess of Dirt: Beware of snow mould

A few years ago, I wrote an article about snow mould. Looking…

Leslie Cox’s backyard is a winter wonderland.
Weigela Rubidor

Duchess takes a sneak peek to what’s hot for 2017

I have a guilty little secret. It is something I look forward…

Weigela Rubidor
Leslie Cox was treated to a November surprise when she came across these ‘New Dawn’ roses in full bloom in her garden this month.

Duchess of Dirt: Roses in November? Believe it!

In the very midst of all the rotten weather this fall, who…

Leslie Cox was treated to a November surprise when she came across these ‘New Dawn’ roses in full bloom in her garden this month.
A couple of 'next generation' gardeners in training.

Gardeners are eternal optimists

great trait and gardeners have it in spades.Admittedly, we may have spent…

A couple of 'next generation' gardeners in training.
Brunnera macrophylia

Going for silver in the garden

Who thinks about leaf colour in relation to how a plant handles weather conditions?

Brunnera macrophylia
Ruby-pink flowered hydrangea enjoys life in the pathway.

Duchess of Dirt: Prolific plant life impinging on pathways

It is the height of summer and definitely a jungle in our…

Ruby-pink flowered hydrangea enjoys life in the pathway.
The false sunflower

Summertime blooms and bugs keep gardeners busy

There is nothing that yells “summer in the garden” better than sunny-faced flowers, in my opinion.

The false sunflower

To plant or not to plant those tomatoes: the annual conundrum

It's the nighttime temperatures we should pay attention to when we are transplanting our seedlings into the ground.

Raking tips to make the task easier

Raking up the leaves is very likely one of the last garden chores you will have left to do at this time of year

Miscanthus ‘Cosmopolitan’ - in flower.

Duchess of Dirt: Autumn’s fall grasses provide variety of choices

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Miscanthus ‘Cosmopolitan’ - in flower.
Hummingbirds are proving to be dedicated predators to pesky vinegar flies.

Duchess of Dirt: Ripe fruit attracts vinegar flies

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Hummingbirds are proving to be dedicated predators to pesky vinegar flies.
‘Black Cherry’

Endless varieties of tomatoes on the vines

by Leslie CoxSpecial to The RecordAugust in the vegetable garden is pure…

‘Black Cherry’
The European paper wasp is considered non-aggressive. They are less likely to sting than yellow jackets

Duchess of Dirt: Paper wasps non-aggressive

European paper wasps, or more correctly, Polistes dominula, look very much like our native yellow jacket and hornet species...

The European paper wasp is considered non-aggressive. They are less likely to sting than yellow jackets
Did you know we have fireflies in B.C.? Black lampyrids are day-active fireflies whereas the more widely known bioluminescent firefly species are nocturnal.

Duchess of Dirt: Plenty of insects to celebrate

Upwards of eighty per cent of all plants in the world are pollinated by insects...

Did you know we have fireflies in B.C.? Black lampyrids are day-active fireflies whereas the more widely known bioluminescent firefly species are nocturnal.
The Duchess of Dirt's grafted Indigo Apple tomato plant already has its first tomato

Grafted tomato plants offer benefits

Well...I promised more this column about the new tomato plant I am growing this year, the grafted tomato...

The Duchess of Dirt's grafted Indigo Apple tomato plant already has its first tomato
A variety of vegetables can be grown in pots

Early jump on tomatoes for Duchess of Dirt

I grow tomatoes in pots mainly to see how well they will perform...with a focus on growth habit in a limited space...

A variety of vegetables can be grown in pots
Tree peonies were traded as passage to bring Chinese mandarins girls to Canada more than a century ago.

Noxious or nuisance?

A noxious weed or merely a nuisance? Either way they are both invasive

Tree peonies were traded as passage to bring Chinese mandarins girls to Canada more than a century ago.
Kerria japonica has bright green

Here come the caterpillars, again

Beware! It may be another bad year for northern tent and forest caterpillars if you had an infestation in your garden last year

Kerria japonica has bright green