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The Best Spring Ever! Hydrangeas...?

There can't be anyone in Newfoundland right now who is NOT thankful for the wonderful spring we are having. In the landscaping industry, we are a full month ahead and most of all of our plants are as well.

I've been visiting many of your beautiful gardens on the Northeast Avalon and one shrub doesn't seem to as ahead as one might think it should be: the Hydrangea.

The first picture is a Nikko Blue Hydrangea ( very common in Newfoundland the non-woody macrophylla). A few weeks ago, I pruned it lightly and the leaves are slowly coming out. This shrub is very sheltered and in full sun. If your blue hydrangea is more exposed, it may not be out as far as this one. Don't worry! It will come along. I personally think we didn't have enough snowfall for them this year.

The second photo is a panicle hydrangea Limelight. Another common woody hydrangea you may be familiar with is the Pee Gee. These are even slower to come along- and I have a whole hedge of these! I immediately called my colleagues Mark Bowering and Sean Kennedy over at Bowering Gardens and they say "whatever you do, don't prune it back too hard because it won't bloom!" So I haven't. But I'm anxious. I keep reminding myself that this is only May. This is Newfoundland.

I'm so grateful to see green leaves and feel the warm sun on my skin. I think I'll go make some compost tea to give my hydrangeas an extra boost.


Bowering Gardens win big at LandscapeNL Awards of Excellence

LandscapeNL's Provincial Awards of Excellence were held on March 22, 2012.  Bowering Gardens won big with the top prize in Residential Construction- Designed by DAISY DESIGN! Congratulations to Mark and all of his crew. Well done!! Visit their site at




Daffodil Place Therapeutic Gardens Gets support from Lilies for Lillie Campaign

Gord Delaney, founder of Lilies for Lillie has joined the fundraising campaign for the Healing Gardens to be constructed at Daffodil Place.  I am really excited that they are helping out!  The funds raised by his campaign will go directly towards the 65 foot gazing pond; the focal point of the gardens.  As a bonus surprise, I have just specified water lilies for the pond (shhh it's a surprise!)


Here's an exerpt from their website:

In 2003, I started Lilies for Lillie in memory of my mother Lillie as when she passed away of leukemia at the age of 53, I promised to continue her legacy of helping others. Lilies for Lillie is doing just that as over the past 8 years, the campaign has raised $300,000 for respective charities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. This could have never been accomplished without continued support of the corporate community and the giving communities of this province. more here




Dual Purpose Play Surface

This year a client introduced me to a company called FlexCourt Canada.  They are a family with young children and a desire to be active year-round.  This basketball court becomes an ice skating rink in winter!





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