Friday, January 4, 2008

Clematis for Small Spaces from Timber Press and lecture from R. J. Evison

At the Toronto Botanical Garden
Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
Clematis for Small Spaces with Raymond J. Evison, UK
From his home base in Guernsey, Raymond Evison runs one of the largest specialist clematis nurseries in the world.
In this lecture, he’ll focus on his new compact clematis: free-flowering cultivars that are perfect for containers, small borders and balcony gardens.
He’ll give advice on cultivation and pruning as well as suggesting unusual and creative planting combinations.
These plants are now available in Ontario – so be prepared to take notes!

Raymond J. Evison has introduced over 100 species and cultivars to gardeners worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including many RHS gold medals and the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour and the RHS Reginald Cory Memorial Cup.
He serves as vice president of the Royal Horticultural Society, and his business,
The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd., is the world’s leading producer of clematis plants.
New book from Timber Press in 2008

Clematis for Small Spaces

By Raymond J. Evison
Clematis have long enjoyed popularity in gardens large enough to accommodate them — and now,
with the arrival of a new generation of cultivars that excel in mixed borders, containers, and other small spaces,
there is more reason than ever to grow them.
As well as being modest in height, many of these new clematis are extremely floriferous and self-supporting,
thus ensuring their value in a wide range of garden situations.
Evison recommends the best clematis for compact spaces such as indoor and outdoor containers, mixed borders, deck gardens, hanging baskets, and balconies, and goes on to provide detailed plant descriptions organized by flowering season.
This long-awaited book celebrates a new generation of clematis and will appeal to both established enthusiasts and beginners.

Pages: 272
7.38 x 10.38 in (185 x 265 mm)
Illustrations:161 color photos, 1 map
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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Baby... it is cold out there...-18C

First.. snow on New Year's Day and now it is very cold with temperatures of -18C

The lake-effect snow was creating whiteout conditions and cold advisories were posted in several areas, with wind chill temperatures expected to dip well below -15C.

An extremely cold Arctic air mass, which has flooded over the Great Lakes basin, is to blame. Winds blowing off Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are generating snow squalls, the most intense of which is sweeping southward and affecting areas from Port Elgin to just northwest of Orangeville.
The squall is forecast to drift northward into Wiarton and Collingwood this evening.
Cold temperatures combined with the westerly winds gusting to 50 km/h are giving us wind-chill values near -30C across the GTA.
Temperatures are predicted to warm through the day, with the wind chill rising to -20C.
text source: The Toronto Star

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Another fresh new year is here . . .

Gisela's Guildwood Garden 2007

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace,
to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

(William Arthur Ward quotes)
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