starlette s of the shade garden, flowers, gardening, Meconopsis Grandis or Blue Asiatic Poppy can be difficult to site It needs loose well drained fertile soil in part shade Once established it will bloom like gangbusters for you every June July

Starlette's of the Shade Garden

Think those sunny gardens have all the fun? That big drama can only be accomplished in full sun? Not true! Here are a few of the Drama Queens kicking up a fuss in my shade/pt shade garden.

the summer of dahlias, gardening, Loved this dahlia its perfectly symmetrical petals

The Summer of Dahlias

I went for a walk around Colony Farms Regional Park in Metro Vancouver last week, and these were just a few of the dahlias I spotted with my camera. I will certainly be looking for a few of these varieties next spring when it's time to buy tubers once again! More images can be found at

market treasures, container gardening, gardening, I m giving away this fab Heritage Boot Planter at the Market

Market Treasures

I've been thrifting for weeks. Gathering fun and creative containers to upcycle and plant for my spring Market Shop. I open this weekend, May 11th after the parade from 11-5pm in downtown Port Coquitlam. I have giveaways and lots of fab gift ideas for Mom. Come visit and fall in love with your own market treasure! ->

garden party with hometalk amp milner gardens, gardening, A simply stunning seaside themed outdoor living vignette

Garden Party with #HomeTalk & Milner Gardens

This week bloggers descended on Milner Gardens for a garden party and meetup. It was a fun day of plants, decor, delicious tea from The Little White House and demo's including the very crafty @FunkyJunkDonna

starting seeds with recycled materials, gardening, Starting seeds with recycled TP rolls

Starting seeds with recycled materials

Starting seeds is simple and easy and can be done with stuff you already have around the house. Recycle your way to a fabulous summer garden!

the skagit valley tulip festival tulip town follow the rainbow, gardening

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Tulip Town, Follow the Rainbow

Earlier this week I shared with you the photo's from our recent visit to RoozenGaarde at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Today I bring you all the colours of the rainbow, straight from Tulip Town!
This place was so sparkly and colourful, that I kept expecting a rainbow of Skittles to come raining down on us at any moment. I kid you not it was that beautiful.

create an air garden with a tillandsia wreath, crafts, gardening, wreaths, Create your own Air Garden With minimal upkeep these gardens can stay up year round Offering 365 days of beauty

Create an Air Garden With a Tillandsia Wreath

With a twist on the classic Winter wreath, I took a grapevine wreath, an assortment of Tillandsia air plants, craft wire & moss and went to town creating this spectacular air garden. It was simple & easy to make. The perfect project for you & your friends for this winters See the link for more details & a chance to WIN tickets to Art Knapp's Ladies Night this weekend! ->

vandusen botanical gardens a vancouver classic, gardening, Livingstone Lake at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Gardens: A Vancouver Classic

My favorite garden, VanDusen offer year round appeal & stunning fall colour. A must see when visiting Vancouver. More images in the link! ->

vandusen gardens annual plant sale a plethora of plants and people, flowers, gardening

VanDusen Gardens Annual Plant Sale: A Plethora of Plants and People

On Sunday, April 28th gardeners and shutterbugs from across the Lower Mainland will flood into Vancouver for VanDusen Gardens can't miss Plant Sale! This annual event is full of inexpensive plants, knowledgeable workers and of course lots, and lots of flowers to feast your eyes on. Bring your carts and wheelbarrows ready to lug home this seasons garden treasures!

creating a small space vegetable garden, flowers, gardening, urban living, Harvesting was kids favorite part Peas fresh from the garden

Creating a Small Space Vegetable Garden

Do you have a backyard, a patio, or a window box? Have you been trying to find ways to maximize your space to get the highest yield? Tomatoes make bright and colourful hanging baskets. Or how about a window box full of mixed greens like West Coast Blend? I had been doing this for years but still wanted more. When sun is scarce and every square foot matters its time for some outside of the box thinking.
This lead me to Home Harvest Farms stainless steel 3 tiered terraced garden. A perfect fit for my patio living. Over the last year I trialed this garden in my home, with my kids, cats and friends picking, plucking and grazing.
The review comes in three parts. First we Created a Small Space Vegetable Garden

Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas