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B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

 

Gordon Cyr and his family run Bee Canadian have been raising mason bees for 20 years and provide homeowners across the Island with pollinators every spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island company rents out 135,000 mason bees despite the impacts of COVID-19

Bee Canadian delivers pollinators to renters in pandemic-friendly fashion

 

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

 

Leslie Cox and her dog, Sadie, are thrilled that spring is upon us. Photo supplied.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Patience a key when considering how early to plant biennial vegetables

Leslie Cox Special to The Record By the time you read this,…

  • Mar 24, 2021
Leslie Cox and her dog, Sadie, are thrilled that spring is upon us. Photo supplied.
Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)

Podcast: Getting your green thumb ready for Vancouver Island’s gardening season

Timely tips from Dorothee Kieser of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association

Dorothee Kieser, president of the Vancouver Island Master Gardeners Association and a volunteer at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach (Submitted photo)
The iris reticulata offers a vibrant blue colour to the garden. Photo by Leslie Cox.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Spring reveals a selection of relatively rare blue blossoms

LESLIE COX Special to The Record It feels good to be working…

  • Mar 9, 2021
The iris reticulata offers a vibrant blue colour to the garden. Photo by Leslie Cox.
Greg Baute (inset), senior director of breeding and genetics at Aurora Cannabis, will be the guest speaker at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society (CVHS) meeting. Photo supplied

Cannabis breeding discussed at next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting

Greg Baute, senior director of breeding and genetics at Aurora Cannabis, will…

  • Mar 8, 2021
Greg Baute (inset), senior director of breeding and genetics at Aurora Cannabis, will be the guest speaker at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Society (CVHS) meeting. Photo supplied
A yellow underwing moth - adult cutworm - found in the Cox garden. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Snowfall-induced break allows some time for insect identification

Leslie Cox Special to The Record Small wonder gardeners get frustrated over…

  • Feb 15, 2021
A yellow underwing moth - adult cutworm - found in the Cox garden. Photo by Leslie Cox
One of the region’s most famous gardeners, Brian Minter, will be the next presenter for the Comox Valley Horticultural Society. (Maple Ridge Garden Club/Facebook)

Brian Minter headlines Comox Valley Horticultural Society’s February meeting

Brian Minter - B.C.’s very own garden guru - will be the…

  • Feb 9, 2021
One of the region’s most famous gardeners, Brian Minter, will be the next presenter for the Comox Valley Horticultural Society. (Maple Ridge Garden Club/Facebook)
Seedy Saturday is an opportunity for communities across Canada to learn about seeds and to exchange their seeds with other people. (Paul Henderson - Black Press)

Seedy Saturday to hold province-wide gardening conference

The February event brings together seed enthusiasts from communities across B.C.

  • Feb 7, 2021
Seedy Saturday is an opportunity for communities across Canada to learn about seeds and to exchange their seeds with other people. (Paul Henderson - Black Press)
Leslie Cox has been discovering many varieties of fungi during her walks this year. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Christmas wishes from the Cox home to yours

Leslie Cox Special to The Record All I want for Christmas is……

  • Dec 22, 2020
Leslie Cox has been discovering many varieties of fungi during her walks this year. Photo by Leslie Cox
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Soil is the lifeline our planet

LESLIE COX Special to The Record Did you remember it was World…

  • Dec 8, 2020
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Leslie Cox spotted this barred owl spotting her in the Cox garden recently - a sure sign of fall, says Leslie. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Fall chores and the last of the harvest

LESLIE COX Special to The Record Seems like it was not all…

  • Nov 10, 2020
Leslie Cox spotted this barred owl spotting her in the Cox garden recently - a sure sign of fall, says Leslie. Photo by Leslie Cox
John Cox prepares the Friday Pizza Night dinner, while Sadie waits patiently for anything to hit the floor. Photo by Leslie Cox.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Harvest time for the Duchess

Cox garden not only about the flowers

  • Oct 21, 2020
John Cox prepares the Friday Pizza Night dinner, while Sadie waits patiently for anything to hit the floor. Photo by Leslie Cox.
The Leycesteria formosa, a.k.a. Himalayan honeysuckle, is still showing off its unique blooms in the Cox garden. Photo by Leslie Cox.

Duchess of Dirt: Hearty vines still producing flowers late into the year

Leslie Cox Special to The Record Last column, I did not get…

  • Oct 5, 2020
The Leycesteria formosa, a.k.a. Himalayan honeysuckle, is still showing off its unique blooms in the Cox garden. Photo by Leslie Cox.
The maidenhair fern needs minimal water and will thrive in full sun. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Many plants still flourishing as garden season winds down

Local gardening expert shares some tips

  • Aug 31, 2020
The maidenhair fern needs minimal water and will thrive in full sun. Photo by Leslie Cox
If a new or revitalized lawn is on your fall to-do list, the Black Gold Landscape Supply team will help ensure you get off to the right start.

Prepare now to get the lawn you’ll love tomorrow

Comox Valley landscape supply pros share what you need to know for a new – or renewed! – lawn

  • Aug 10, 2020
If a new or revitalized lawn is on your fall to-do list, the Black Gold Landscape Supply team will help ensure you get off to the right start.
From quality soil and compost to mulch and decorative rock, the Black Gold Landscaping team will help you choose the right product for your project.

Give your garden and landscape projects a local boost!

The right products are key to a project you can be proud of

  • Jul 27, 2020
From quality soil and compost to mulch and decorative rock, the Black Gold Landscaping team will help you choose the right product for your project.
As more of us are considering how we can elevate our outdoor space, the Black Gold Landscape Supply team is happy to answer questions and ensure you get the right product to give your project the best start possible.

Gardening or landscaping, you need to strike Black Gold

Comox Valley supply company makes it easy to support local

  • Jul 20, 2020
As more of us are considering how we can elevate our outdoor space, the Black Gold Landscape Supply team is happy to answer questions and ensure you get the right product to give your project the best start possible.