Category: Flower Talk

Improve Pollination with Phacelia

Phacelia tanacetifolia seeds
23 May

Purple Tansy is the common name for one of the garden’s supreme workhorses, Phacelia tanacetifolia. Gardeners who have had trouble with fruit setting on squash, melons, or cucumbers need to learn how to improve pollination with Phacelia. Phacelia is a fast-growing annual that is very easy to manage, and it never gets weedy. Because it…

All About Sunflowers

All About Sunflowers
8 May

We’re going to tell you all about sunflowers so you can be a sunflower expert. Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) It is thought that sunflowers may have been domesticated before corn, as early as 3000 BC in the area that is now Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona and in the Mississippi Valley by 2300 BC. The plant…

Plant Flower Seeds for Bees

28 Mar

With pollinator conservation in mind it’s a good idea to plant flower seeds for bees. But which are the best pollinator plants? Which bee flowers are the easiest to sow and grow? What flowers can be grown in containers or schoolyards to attract pollinators? Certain plants produce flowers that are really generous with nectar and…

List of Edible Flowers

List of Edible Flowers
2 Mar

Before you venture out to the garden and harvest a bunch of flowers for the dinner table, it’s important to remember that some flowers are poisonous. Make sure you’ve made a positive identification of each variety you’re using. Obviously, you should avoid flowers that may have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals, so either…

Butterfly Blend Ingredients

9 Feb

On this page we list the ingredients in our Butterfly Blend Wildflower Seeds mix. This blend was selected based on flowers that are particularly rich in nectar, and ones that naturally occur in North America, along butterfly migration routes. Showy Milkweed is included, which not only feeds the adult Monarch butterfly its nectar, but it…

Sweet Pea Trial 2016

Mark with Sweet Peas
7 Aug

Not so much an official trial, as an effort to grow out each of our sweet peas for comparative study. We grew out fifteen varieties among the other flowers and vegetables at our Kirkland House demonstration garden here in Ladner this year, creating one of the most fragrant garden experiences of all time. The sweet…

Beneficial Insect Wildflower Blend Ingredients

Beneficial Insect Wildflower Blend Ingredients
24 Nov

Below is a list of the ingredients in our Beneficial Insect wildflower seeds. This blend was designed to include the maximum number of flowers known to attract pollinators and predatory insects that feed on pest species. For instance, dill is attractive to lacewings, ladybird beetles, and the tiny parasitoid wasps that kill aphids. The purpose…

Perennial Wildflower Seeds Blend Ingredients

24 Nov

The Perennial Wildflower Seeds ingredients are listed below. This is the right blend to establish where flowers are needed to come back year after year. Perennial flowers are often drought resistant and very winter hardy, so they can be relied upon for blooms season after season. This blend includes perennials that open at various times…

Short Meadow Blend Wildflower Ingredients

24 Nov

The wildflower seeds in our Short Meadow Blend will produce a gorgeous carpet of diverse flowers that only grow to about 60cm (24″) tall. This blend of wildflower seeds looks fabulous planted over large areas, but will work just as well in containers or raised beds. There are enough species in the mix that some…

Partial Shade Wildflower Blend Ingredients

Partial Shade Wildflower Blend Ingredients
24 Nov

Among the flowers in the Partial Shade wildflower seeds ingredients are a host of plants that will do perfectly well in partial shade to full sun. None of these plants will thrive in full shade, but they will perform in diffused light along the north side of a building or hedge. Chinese Forget Me Not…

Meadow Blend Tall Wildflower Ingredients

Meadow Blend Tall Wildflower Seeds Ingredients
24 Nov

The wildflower seeds in our Tall Meadow Blend produce a waist-high field of brilliantly coloured flowers that bloom over a very long period from spring to fall. This blend is best for areas that will be protected from foot traffic, and it will lure hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to the area. Planted less…

Bee Garden Wildflower Blend Ingredients

Bee Garden Blend Wildflower Seeds Ingredients
24 Nov

Feed wild and domestic bees with the Bee Garden Blend of wildflower seeds. Honeybees have been in decline in recent years due to colony collapse disorder. Meanwhile, the habitat of wild bees like bumblebees, mason bees, and leaf cutter bees is dwindling. By planting these nectar rich wildflowers, we can provide forage for these overlooked…