The technique recommended for years has been growing the plants on through the summer outdoors, and then inducing dormancy by stopping watering in the fall and placing them in a dry cool spot indoors for 10 to 12 weeks. This will encourage the bulb to bloom again around Christmas.
However, for bigger, healthier plants, some experts recommend allowing the bulb to continue growing vigorously as long as possible, so it will reward you with better blooms in January or February.
Did you know that house plants can improve air quality inside your home?
Believe it or not, back in the 1980’s NASA did a study to look at which plants were best able to filter the air of the space station! And if these house plants are good enough for the space station, think of what they can do for your home environment.
It’s early November and lots of exciting new things are coming into our stores. Each store will have different decorative items, like this lovely hummingbird wall art piece, so if you don’t see want you want at one store, check out one of our other locations.
Pastry chef Daniel Vokey makes classic gingerbread men (and other whimsical shapes) at Patisserie Daniel, using his special spice mix and this classic cookie recipe. We followed his recipe to make these cookies for the Dig This Oak Bay Open House and everyone loved them! Recipe with permission of YAM Magazine, from the Nov/Dec issue.
We know you’re busy raking up leaves, but if you want colourful drifts of flowers next spring, now is the time to buy and plant bulbs. So do your fall chores and think “spring”!
Spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and alliums produce some of the most dramatic garden color with minimal effort. These bulbs must be planted in the fall so they can form strong roots before flowering next spring.
One of our favourite tricks is layering bulbs in containers. Plant late-flowering tulips or alliums near the bottom of the container, place early tulips, hyacinths or narcissus in the middle and early-flowering bulbs such as crocus or snowdrops on top. Cover with soil and water well. Finish by planting winter pansies on top which will bloom from now until the spring bulbs take over.
When it comes to spring-flowering bulbs, the hardest part is choosing which ones to plant! Isn’t that a nice problem to have?
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This is the month to plant spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, narcissus, and crocus for a great show next spring. They are the most carefree of plants – simply plant and wait for spring. Bulbs can also be planted in containers – a good idea where deer are a nuisance. Layer the bulbs in a large container (plant them on top of one another in layers) for a spectacular display from early to late spring.
Amaryllis is one of the most beautiful indoor flowering bulbs. It comes in a stunning selection of colours from pure white, deep red, orange, stripes and even green. It’s so easy to grow that you can even purchase waxed bulbs, like those shown here, and they will bloom without soil or water!