plants

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 #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 #1: Bunium bulbocastanum

Happy Monday everyone! Just like I promised last week in the introductory post for this series, I am very pleased to begin creating ‘Plant of the Week’ posts where I will introduce you to some of my favorite, often less well-known edible, medicinal and otherwise all-around useful plants. Many of these species or genera that I come across I do unintentionally, often in the process of looking up other similar or related plants and they will tend to focus on species that can be found, if not imported and grown, in north-temperate regions, particularly southern Canada including my home of southern Ontario. (more…)

New ‘Plant of the Week’ Series

From time to time during my frequent research binges I will stumble upon a plant that really sticks out from all the others, at which point I then compulsively attempt to learn as much about it as I can. After safely and securely storing that information away, deep within the recesses of my mind palace, I’ll hopefully be able to recall it at a certain point in the future when it is perhaps more relevant for me to think about. Trust me, this happens way more often then you think it does. (more…)