Saturday, 29 March 2014

April workshops and potted ranunculus!

Just in this week - 4" pots of ranunculus-
benches filled with ranunculus in the greenhouse
Just a little switch-up from the usual potted spring bulbs, the ranunculus come in beautiful jewel tones and creamy whites. Every pot has 3 to five fluffy buds and should give you showy blooms for a week or two!

And check the Workshop page for details on Spring workshops.
- we have added a second Living Succulent Wreath workshop after the success of the first one, and this one is booking up just as quickly
- there is also a new Flower Crown workshop- ideal for weddings, proms or maybe to celebrate the coming of Spring?
If Spring decides to come?

Friday, 14 March 2014

what happens when we have a blizzard on James North...

McCartney and Son :: The sandwiches are legendary. The soups are inspired. The salads are fantastic... but I would sell my soul for the organic ice cream.
Soon... soon...

Shane McCartney approached me many months ago with a challenge in his restaurant.
In its previous life, it was a fish pond in a fish market, but then it became simply a weird corner the restaurant. What to do? Fill it with Lego? Use it as a transformer battleground? All worthwhile options, but with the vision and trust of Shane, a fantasy succulent garden now graces the front corner of McCartney and Son.

I asked Shane to build a platform, or false bottom for me...

Then I taped in a vapour barrier to prepare it for soil. Once the substrate and soil were in place,  the real fun began!

A wild collection of sun-loving succulents - blooming, trailing and bringing life to a little corner on James North.

Thank you Shane - it doesn't get much more fun than this!

Monday, 3 March 2014

the Spring Tide Bulb Show at Gage Park

Perhaps Hamilton's best kept secret weapon for the spring fever that we are all longing for, the tropical greenhouse at Gage Park is one of my favourite places to forget about winter.

Free admission, free parking, on the bus line - just remember to bring a non-perishable donation for Hamilton Food Share - a small price to pay for the luxury of spring.