gardening

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
Cathrine Featherby, the founder of the Victoria Dahlia Society, will be the featured guest at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Club meeting. Photo supplied

Dahlias the topic of next Comox Valley Horticultural Club meeting

Featherby is a 30-year veteran of dahlia growing

Cathrine Featherby, the founder of the Victoria Dahlia Society, will be the featured guest at the next Comox Valley Horticultural Club meeting. Photo supplied
A red belted bumble bee is seen here on a delphinium. With the spring thaw comes the presence of queen bees, preparing their nesting sites. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: The queen has arrived

By Leslie Cox Special to the Record Spotted my first bumble bee…

  • Mar 15, 2022
A red belted bumble bee is seen here on a delphinium. With the spring thaw comes the presence of queen bees, preparing their nesting sites. Photo by Leslie Cox
Flowers

Slow flowers

Growing sustainability in the floral industry

  • Mar 14, 2022
Flowers
The seed exchange is always a popular part of Seedy Saturday. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers host Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday is right around the corner. On Saturday, March 5 from…

  • Mar 2, 2022
The seed exchange is always a popular part of Seedy Saturday. Photo supplied
There are many “homemade” solutions to rid yourself of a rabbit problem in your garden, but Leslie Cox questions the practicality of some of those solutions. She chooses to let nature take its course. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Dealing with a pest in the garden

By Leslie Cox Special to the Record Catching up on some reading…

  • Mar 1, 2022
There are many “homemade” solutions to rid yourself of a rabbit problem in your garden, but Leslie Cox questions the practicality of some of those solutions. She chooses to let nature take its course. Photo by Leslie Cox
Arzeena Hamir, working her booth at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. She will be the guest speaker at the february Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting. Photo by Bill Jorgensen

Arzeena Hamir talks seed sourcing at next Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting

Glance at the ground around you. Yes, green shoots of all kinds…

  • Feb 23, 2022
Arzeena Hamir, working her booth at the Comox Valley Farmers Market. She will be the guest speaker at the february Comox Valley Horticultural Society meeting. Photo by Bill Jorgensen
Rosa ‘Abraham Darby.’ The pale pink rose suggests “joy.” Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Love is definitely in the air

Leslie Cox Special to the Record As the countdown to spring begins…

  • Feb 14, 2022
Rosa ‘Abraham Darby.’ The pale pink rose suggests “joy.” Photo by Leslie Cox
A female hummingbird at the feeder at the Cox house. Leslie Cox photo

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Looking back and looking ahead

Leslie Cox Special to the Record End of another year and a…

A female hummingbird at the feeder at the Cox house. Leslie Cox photo
This week’s Duchess of Dirt column reveals how the poinsettia became accepted as the official Christmas flower. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Poinsettia – symbol of the holidays

Have you ever wondered how the poinsettia came to be known as…

This week’s Duchess of Dirt column reveals how the poinsettia became accepted as the official Christmas flower. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
A rosemary bonsai. Photo by Frank Hovenden.

DUCHESS OF DIRT: The ‘A to V’ of Christmas spices

December. Winter, snow, Christmas shopping, decorating, small gatherings with friends and family.…

  • Dec 7, 2021
A rosemary bonsai. Photo by Frank Hovenden.
Poppies grow in a field in Normandy, France, in June 2019. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

DUCHESS OF DIRT: The field poppy can be found in many parts of the world

Leslie Cox Special to the Record Now 10 years on since last…

  • Nov 10, 2021
Poppies grow in a field in Normandy, France, in June 2019. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Susan points to a yellow flag iris in her garden. She has just cut the foliage and is preparing to dig it out. Photo by K. Cummins

Comox Valley Nature volunteers educating homeowners on invasive plant in the area

Comox Valley Naturalist (CVN) members recently connected with a number of residents…

Susan points to a yellow flag iris in her garden. She has just cut the foliage and is preparing to dig it out. Photo by K. Cummins
Millstone River runs through a wonderful forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, and has two waterfalls. Photo by John Cox

Duchess of Dirt: A botanical hike of note

Leslie Cox Special to The Record There comes a time when a…

Millstone River runs through a wonderful forest of mixed conifers and deciduous trees, and has two waterfalls. Photo by John Cox
The deep blue of the flowers on Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ (azure monkshood) adds colour to any garden in the fall. Photo by John Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Fall colours delight in the garden in spite of challenges

By Leslie Cox Special to The Record As spring bulbs and early…

  • Oct 6, 2021
The deep blue of the flowers on Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ (azure monkshood) adds colour to any garden in the fall. Photo by John Cox
The pineapple lily in the Cox garden is easy to spot. Photo by John Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Time to start on those autumn garden chores

By Leslie Cox Special to The Record Now that fall is officially…

The pineapple lily in the Cox garden is easy to spot. Photo by John Cox
Skunk cabbage can be detrimental to native species because it emerges from the ground so early in the growing season. Photo by Leslie Cox

DUCHESS OF DIRT: Plant and disease species travelling around the world

By Leslie Cox Special to The Record A headline caught my eye…

Skunk cabbage can be detrimental to native species because it emerges from the ground so early in the growing season. Photo by Leslie Cox
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