permaculture

Plant Of The Week #6: Dioscorea polystachya

This week I would like to share with you a hardy, perennial vine that I learned about earlier last year and at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later) would like to add to my living collection of useful and beautiful plants. Although drab by most gardener’s standards, this vigorous and fast growing plant definitely deserves some space, especially if you are interested in unusual yet perfectly practical plants that, really, just haven’t quite caught on yet. Diversity is strength, and never is that more true than in your garden or on your plate. Your 6th Plant of the Week is Dioscorea polystchya.

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Plant Of The Week #5: Rosa rugosa

Despite the ever lengthening list of new and exciting plants I have come across over the last few weeks  that I would positively love to look into further for future installments, I decided to not let myself get too carried away. As such, for the 5th installment of Plant of the Week I am going to focus on a species that has been a favorite of mine for the many, many years that I have had the pleasure of having it carefully stored away within my botanical mind palace. If you two have not met already then allow me introduce you to the positively lovely yet rough and tough Rosa rugosa.
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Plant of the Week #4: Berberis vulgaris

Welcome to the 4th installment of Plant of the Week! The list of subjects for future editions is continuing to grow, faster than there are Mondays in a month and I sincerely hope that this trend continues.  Just last Monday in fact (when I posted my last article on the stone pine, Pinus cembra) I happened to be walking through a part of the Wildwood Park neighborhood here in Winnipeg and stumbled upon a European barberry (Berberis vulgris) shrub adorned in hundreds if not thousands of bright red berries. It is this species and a few relatives from around the world that I’ll be showcasing for you today. (more…)

Plant of the Week #3: Pinus cembra

Since last week I introduced you to a relatively recent introduction to the North American gardening landscape (the goumi, Elaeagnus multiflora, which you can read all about right here) that can only be cultivated in the warmer parts of Canada (namely southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes), so I thought that It would only be fair to the rest of the country to bring your attention his week to one of many nut producing pines, the stone pine (Pinus cembra) which can be successfully grown throughout most of Canada. (more…)

Plant of the Week #2: Elaeagnus multiflora

Welcome to the second edition of Plant of the Week! Since I wrote to you last week (which in case you missed it you can check out right here) I have accumulated quite a substantial list of exceptional plants that I feel deserve their own time in the limelight, so there certainly won’t be a lack of subject matter in the weeks and months to come! This time I’d like to draw your attention to the goumi, or cherry silverberry, Elaeagnus multiflora, a species that I have had my eye on for quite some time. (more…)