gardening

Master gardener Jane Kerr will be the presenter at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting, Monday, Aug. 15. Photo supplied.

Next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting discusses plant names, origins

Jane Kerr, an accomplished local master gardener, will guide us through the…

 

The large yellow underwing moth was first spotted in BC only 20 years ago. It is an invasive species. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Welcome to National Moth Week

Leslie Cox Special to the Record Two discoveries of moths in the…

  • Jul 26, 2022

 

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 Dracunculus vulgaris - voodoo lily - emits a rotting flesh smell to attract the necessary pollinating flies. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Black magic in the garden with the voodoo lilly

Leslie Cox Special to The Record While I am a believer in…

  • Jul 12, 2022
The Dracunculus vulgaris - voodoo lily - emits a rotting flesh smell to attract the necessary pollinating flies. Photo by Leslie Cox
Dictamnus albus - gas plant. Photo by Leslie Cox

Duchess of Dirt: Summertime scents in the garden

Finally - some decent weather for our gardens - the plants are…

Dictamnus albus - gas plant. Photo by Leslie Cox
Flowers bloom in a garden bed outside Government House. The residence is noted for the gardens on its grounds. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island’s Government House gardens recognized in national list

Listed as one of the 100 Garden Moments in Canada as part of celebrations for the Year of the Garden

Flowers bloom in a garden bed outside Government House. The residence is noted for the gardens on its grounds. (Black Press Media file photo)
It may look like thin spaghetti, but it’s actually a mermithid… a ‘good guy’ in the garden, according to the Duchess of Dirt. Photo by Leslie Cox

Duchess of Dirt: ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ applies to garden creatures as well

Leslie Cox Special to the Record Leading up to this column, I…

  • Jun 15, 2022
It may look like thin spaghetti, but it’s actually a mermithid… a ‘good guy’ in the garden, according to the Duchess of Dirt. Photo by Leslie Cox
Allan Campbell will discuss permaculture and how to implement it on Vancouver Island at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Club Meeting – Monday June 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Photo supplied

Permaculture basics discussed at next Comox Valley Horticultural Club meeting

Permaculture is the topic for the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting.…

  • Jun 15, 2022
Allan Campbell will discuss permaculture and how to implement it on Vancouver Island at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Club Meeting – Monday June 20, 2022 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Photo supplied
The heliotrope is a native of Peru and produces a small cluster of purple-blue flowers that have a sweet vanilla scent or others say its reminds them of cherry pie. Photo supplied

SPRING IN THE GARDEN: Fragrant flowers can ‘transport us back in time’

By Ellen Presley Special to the Record One of our strongest senses…

  • Jun 8, 2022
The heliotrope is a native of Peru and produces a small cluster of purple-blue flowers that have a sweet vanilla scent or others say its reminds them of cherry pie. Photo supplied
The Coxes’ rhododendron ‘Scintillation’ is in full bloom. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Scintillation and horrors in the garden

Surprisingly, not all is doom and gloom in the garden now the…

  • Jun 1, 2022
The Coxes’ rhododendron ‘Scintillation’ is in full bloom. Photo by Leslie Cox
The Denman Home and Garden Tour runs June 11-12, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $25. Photo supplied

Denman Island’s Home and Garden Tour slated for June

For the past 31 years, Denman Island has periodically thrown open its…

The Denman Home and Garden Tour runs June 11-12, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.). Tickets are $25. Photo supplied
The Cox family dog, Sadie, found a rare patch of sunshine in the garden. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: ‘Mayvember’ good for skiers, not so good for gardeners

By Leslie Cox Special to the Record I learned a new word…

  • May 18, 2022
The Cox family dog, Sadie, found a rare patch of sunshine in the garden. Photo by Leslie Cox
A water feature in your garden will add to the character of your yard. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

SPRING IN THE GARDEN: Creating an easy, care-free pond

By Ellen Presley Special to the Record Research has shown that being…

  • May 18, 2022
A water feature in your garden will add to the character of your yard. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
The Mile of Flowers event along Cliffe and 17th in Courtenay is a great community-building events This year the plant-in will take place on May 31. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

Volunteers needed for Courtenay’s Mile of Flowers plant-in

Come out and join the biggest planting event in Courtenay. The Mile…

The Mile of Flowers event along Cliffe and 17th in Courtenay is a great community-building events This year the plant-in will take place on May 31. Photo by Kim Stallknecht
Linda Gilkeson discusses garden bugs - which ones are good and which wones are bad - at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting, May 16

Garden bugs the topic of next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting

When it comes to insects in your garden, do you know how…

Linda Gilkeson discusses garden bugs - which ones are good and which wones are bad - at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting, May 16
Russell Nursery in North Saanich is celebrating its 30th year in business. Co-owner Laurel Rassenti is preparing for blossoming gardeners when the weather gets a little warmer. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Weather slows early Vancouver Island gardening season but boom expected

Warmer weather will bring the green thumbs out of hibernation, businesses predict

Russell Nursery in North Saanich is celebrating its 30th year in business. Co-owner Laurel Rassenti is preparing for blossoming gardeners when the weather gets a little warmer. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
The Comox Valley Rhododendron Garden is at Cliffe Avenue on 20th Street.

May is Rhododendron Month in Courtenay

In 2007, May was officially declared as “Rhododendron Month” in the Comox…

  • Apr 27, 2022
The Comox Valley Rhododendron Garden is at Cliffe Avenue on 20th Street.
A favourite of the English country garden is the Labrunum x waterier vossi (golden chain tree). photo supplied

SPRING IN THE GARDEN: Weepers add elegance and colour to any garden

Ellen Presley Special to the Record Weepers, creepers, where did you get…

  • Apr 20, 2022
A favourite of the English country garden is the Labrunum x waterier vossi (golden chain tree). photo supplied
Prunus ‘Akebono’ (Yoshino cherry) flowering cherry is a small deciduous tree boasting masses of large shell pink semi-double blossoms with a slightly almond fragrance. Photo submitted

SPRING IN THE GARDEN: Cherry blossoms a sure sign of spring on Vancouver Island

Ellen Presley Special to the Record The cherry blossom is an eternal…

  • Apr 6, 2022
Prunus ‘Akebono’ (Yoshino cherry) flowering cherry is a small deciduous tree boasting masses of large shell pink semi-double blossoms with a slightly almond fragrance. Photo submitted
The Cox herb garden features a birdbath in the centre. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Gardening for food sources becoming increasingly vital

By Leslie Cox Special to the Record Parliament has proclaimed 2022 as…

  • Apr 3, 2022
The Cox herb garden features a birdbath in the centre. Photo by Leslie Cox