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Why Do Some People Get Bit by Mosquitoes More Than Others?

A 2004 study published by the National Institutes of Health and a…

 

Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Vancouver Island man keeps flower flag alive with message for Ukraine

Greater Victoria resident Sahasi Erven looks to give garden new life

 

The Gardens on Anderton will be hosting a special event to celebrate National Gardening Day, June 18. File photo

Gardens on Anderton celebrates National Gardening Day

The Canadian Garden Council has proclaimed 2022 the “Year of the Garden”…

 

The Gardens on Anderton is now open for the 2022 season. Photo supplied

Comox’s Gardens on Anderton now open for the season

The Anderton Therapeutic Garden Society (ATGS) is happy to welcome the public…

The Gardens on Anderton is now open for the 2022 season. Photo supplied
Opening day 2022 at the Gardens on Anderton is Sunday, May 8 with gates open from 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Gardens on Anderton in Comox opens for the season on Mother’s Day

The Anderton Therapeutic Garden Society (ATGS) is looking forward to welcoming the…

Opening day 2022 at the Gardens on Anderton is Sunday, May 8 with gates open from 11 a.m-3 p.m.
Herbs, flowers and vegetables in backyard formal garden. A surprisingly large amount of vegetables can be harvested from even a small vegetable garden. (Black Press file photo)

SPRING IN THE GARDEN: The need to grow our own food is increasing

Ellen Presley Special to the Record The Victory Garden was created during…

  • Apr 27, 2022
Herbs, flowers and vegetables in backyard formal garden. A surprisingly large amount of vegetables can be harvested from even a small vegetable garden. (Black Press file photo)
The Coxes’ ‘Ronde de Nice’ zucchinis did well in their garden. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Take the time to plan your garden before planting it

Leslie Cox Special to the Record As much as I am itching…

  • Feb 2, 2022
The Coxes’ ‘Ronde de Nice’ zucchinis did well in their garden. Photo by Leslie Cox
The Coxes’ ‘Sarah Bernhard’ peonies are hearty enough to wiithstand the cool Junuary evenings. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Lessons learned in Junuary

Leslie Cox Special to The Record It appears there is an annual…

  • Jun 23, 2021
The Coxes’ ‘Sarah Bernhard’ peonies are hearty enough to wiithstand the cool Junuary evenings. Photo by Leslie Cox
New to the Gardens on Anderton this year is the Children’s Interactive Garden, specifically for the young to learn and enjoy. Photo supplied

Comox Valley’s Gardens on Anderton is opening for the season

The Gardens on Anderton, at 2012 Anderton Road, in Comox (behind Anderton…

New to the Gardens on Anderton this year is the Children’s Interactive Garden, specifically for the young to learn and enjoy. Photo supplied
Gardeners are preparing for the second spring during COVID-19. Business is already picking up at some Greater Victoria nurseries, including Elk Lake Garden Centre. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Vancouver Island garden centres preparing for busy season

Businesses stocking up after last year’s COVID-19 pandemic gardening explosion

  • Mar 24, 2021
Gardeners are preparing for the second spring during COVID-19. Business is already picking up at some Greater Victoria nurseries, including Elk Lake Garden Centre. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Carrots are a popular winter harvest vegetable. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Winter gardening discussed at first Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting of 2021

The Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes Arzeena Hamir as the guest speaker…

  • Jan 3, 2021
Carrots are a popular winter harvest vegetable. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
A late-blooming Welsh poppy gave the Cox garden some unexpected colour last month. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: La Nina signs not necessarily steeped in science

LESLIE COX Special to The Record I am beginning to think climate…

  • Nov 25, 2020
A late-blooming Welsh poppy gave the Cox garden some unexpected colour last month. Photo by Leslie Cox
There are specific things to look for to ensure your hive is ready for the cool, wet winter months ahead. Photo supplied.

THE BUZZ ON BEES: Time to start winterizing those hives

Rachel Halliwell column

  • Sep 14, 2020
There are specific things to look for to ensure your hive is ready for the cool, wet winter months ahead. Photo supplied.
Hakonechloa macra, or Japanese forest grass, likes full sun, medium soil and less water. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Cooler spring produces more summer ‘stand-outs’

Leslie Cox Special to The Record Typically, at this time year -…

  • Jul 22, 2020
Hakonechloa macra, or Japanese forest grass, likes full sun, medium soil and less water. Photo by Leslie Cox
Wasps may seem like pests to us but they do play an important predatory role - they can help reduce the pest populations that take over our beautiful vegetable gardens or farm crops. Adobe Stock Image photo

BUZZ ON BEES: Wasps are predatory insects, even to honeybees

Every year as the weather gets warmer and we begin to relax…

  • Jul 22, 2020
Wasps may seem like pests to us but they do play an important predatory role - they can help reduce the pest populations that take over our beautiful vegetable gardens or farm crops. Adobe Stock Image photo
Propolis helps protect the hive against insect intruders, and even wood decay. Photo supplied.

THE BUZZ ON BEES: The purpose of propolis

We have come to know honeybees (Apis mellifera) for what their name…

  • Jun 22, 2020
Propolis helps protect the hive against insect intruders, and even wood decay. Photo supplied.
Water features are an attractive custom touch to any garden. Stock image

SPRING IN THE GARDEN: Must-haves for the pond or your water features

Ellen Presley Special to The Record Research has shown that being near…

  • Jun 15, 2020
Water features are an attractive custom touch to any garden. Stock image
An Acer bloodgood in all its colour shows why it is named as such. Photo submitted

Spring in the Garden: Maples make great focal points for a garden

Ellen Presley Special to The Record With any design, you need a…

  • Jun 9, 2020
An Acer bloodgood in all its colour shows why it is named as such. Photo submitted
The Cox rhododendrons are beautiful in full bloom but now is the time to prune off the dead flowers. Photo by Leslie Cox

Duchess of Dirt: Unexpected May chill precedes June prune

Leslie Cox Special to The Record I freely admit. I was a…

  • Jun 9, 2020
The Cox rhododendrons are beautiful in full bloom but now is the time to prune off the dead flowers. Photo by Leslie Cox
Your English cottage garden should have a relaxed feel and let the plants slightly cascade over the paths and intertwine with one another. Photo supplied

Spring In The Garden: Natural disarray adds to the charm of the English cottage garden

Ellen Presley Special to The Record The cottage garden has had an…

  • Jun 2, 2020
Your English cottage garden should have a relaxed feel and let the plants slightly cascade over the paths and intertwine with one another. Photo supplied
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