Mike Lascelle

Summer aster.

Gardening: Please, please feed the bees

Make sure you have flowering shrubs and perennials.

Summer aster.
Cornus mas ‘Elegant’; Cornus kousa fruit; Cornus canadensis.

Gardening: Edible dogwoods, pick at peak ripeness

benefits to having a dogwood in the garden are the abundant edible berries or drupes that they bear.

Cornus mas ‘Elegant’; Cornus kousa fruit; Cornus canadensis.
Salmonberry fruits.

Gardening: As our native plants evolve

When spring arrives, what’s left of the natural forest comes into bloom.

Salmonberry fruits.
Iris ‘Eye Catcher’.

Gardening: Signs of spring after ‘Winterpeg’

Now that Maple Ridge has finally thawed out of this month-long deep freeze, we can walk through our gardens.

Iris ‘Eye Catcher’.
My grandfathers at Expo 67 in front a very Daliesque statue.

Gardening: The great Canadian plant

When it comes to plant selection, our nation has produced many fine cultivars over the years.

My grandfathers at Expo 67 in front a very Daliesque statue.
Mike Lascelle photos You can find an excellent planting chart in the front of the free West Coast Seeds catalogue

Home: ‘Growing your own’ plants from a seed

There are pitfalls to ‘growing your own’ but with a little guidance you can avoid the worst of them.

Mike Lascelle photos You can find an excellent planting chart in the front of the free West Coast Seeds catalogue
As far as 2017 is concerned

Home: In your garden, a preview of 2017

We must resort to protecting tender trees and shrubs from deep freezes, like the one we just saw.

As far as 2017 is concerned
Christmas fairy garden and a Princettia poinsettia.

Home: Christmas gifts for gardeners

It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to give a thoughtful gift.

Christmas fairy garden and a Princettia poinsettia.
'Who' Christmas trees are a popular trend this holiday season.

How to make a ‘Who’ tree

The goal is to create an unnatural looking live tree using a young evergreen, floral wire, simple decorations and a little imagination.

'Who' Christmas trees are a popular trend this holiday season.
Roufous hummingbird shown

Buddy, Dave, no fair-weather friend

British Columbia is the northern edge of the Anna's hummingbird wintering range.

Roufous hummingbird shown
The pumpkin regatta.

Gardening: A conspiracy of orange

Reports of people flailing around in giant orange inflatables on Whonnock Lake back in August.

The pumpkin regatta.
Jim Rahe and his wife grow 50 cultivars of apples and 10 of pear at their Aldergrove orchard.

Growing apples the hard way

Jim and Mary Ann Rahe thought growing heritage apples would be an enjoyable retirement project.

Jim Rahe and his wife grow 50 cultivars of apples and 10 of pear at their Aldergrove orchard.
(Clockwise) Electric daisy

Gardening: A harvest of flavours

The electric daisy is a Brazilian species with eyeball-shaped flowers that are consumed to alter your sense of taste.

(Clockwise) Electric daisy
Jade Water Pavilion as viewed from park.

Gardening: Re-visiting Sun Yat-Sen

Cultural icon was designed by local architects Joe Wai and Donald Vaughan.

Jade Water Pavilion as viewed from park.
George Petkov is growing kiwi fruit north of the 49th parallel.

Bringing the South Pacific to the Valley

Abbotsford soil is rich and growing conditions are good.

George Petkov is growing kiwi fruit north of the 49th parallel.
Stephanie and Dave Captein in their viburnum berry crop.

Gardening: A local cut flower

Cut flowers have become a truly international business.

Stephanie and Dave Captein in their viburnum berry crop.
At Colony Farms Community Garden

gardening: The little plant that could

On a recent tour of the Colony Farms Community Garden I was grinning from ear to ear.

At Colony Farms Community Garden
Erna and Bill Dingwall at the Pitt Meadows Community Garden.

Gardening: Room to grow in Pitt Meadows

Unlike the local real estate prices, no one is going to be outbidding you for these spaces .

Erna and Bill Dingwall at the Pitt Meadows Community Garden.
Zdena and her farm gate stand.

Gardening: Proudly a product of Whonnock

It is a community that seems to attract free-thinkers, people who care about the environment who aren’t afraid to speak out.

Zdena and her farm gate stand.
Blue star creeper (left) and red creeping thyme.

Getting ready for chafer invasion

How to defend your garden against the European chafer beetle.

Blue star creeper (left) and red creeping thyme.