Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc.
"Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Gardens"
What does working with nature mean to you.
This creates a healthy landscape for people, plants, birds, pets and beneficial insects. In turn it contributes to cleaner air and waterways. It attracts pollinators.
It is cost effective as you will spend less money on fertilizers and pesticides and less time on weeding and watering.
We use ornamental and native plants. Native plants attract wildlife, restore habitat and native plants are beautiful. We avoid invasive species.
We use the right plant and plant it in the right place. We choose the most suitable plants taking into consideration the growing conditions, plant characteristics and any special ornamental effects. We use edible shrubs, vegetables and fruit trees.
Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc., located in Port Coquitlam, BC creates and maintains environmentally friendly
gardens recognizing that working with nature transforms a high maintenance landscape into an attractive labor and cost savings ecoscape.
We create beautiful planters
We create 'right plant right place' planting plans so the garden will thrive
We create garden designs
Shade gardens/Full sun
Color theme gardens
We provide spring and fall clean up
Planting/ pruning /weeding
Monthly landscape maintenance
Hydrangea macrophylla, Endless summer
There are about 100 species of hydrangeas in shrubs, trees and climbers. Hydrangeas provide a wonderful splash of color in the garden throughout the summer and into the fall. Hydrangea flowers come in many colors and shapes. There are the conical flowers, rounded flowers (mopheads) and flat topped flowers (lacecap). The color of the flower of hydrangea macrophylla changes with the acidity of the soil. If the soil is acidic the flowers tend to be a blue shade and if the soil is alkaline it will be pink. Hydrangeas prefer moist well drained soil in sun or part shade depending on the variety.
The Garden in September
- Prune hedges lightly and prune summer flowering heather.
- Plant sweet peas, poppies and cornflowers now for flowers next summer. Continue planting winter vegetables such as kale, spinach, lettuce and swiss chard. Continue harvesting vegetables and fruits. Remove tomato plants by the end of the month. Any tomatoes that have not ripened will still do so indoors. Adding an apple to a bag with green tomatoes will hasten the ripening of the tomatoes. Start planting spring flowering bulbs.
- Cut fruited canes of raspberries to ground level. This lets light into the patch and prevents disease from developing. Also cut back fruited blackberry , tayberry, boysenberry and loganberry canes. Tie remaining canes to a support to avoid winter damage.
- The wingless female winter moth walks up fruit trees from September on to lay her eggs on the branches. The result is green caterpillars are born in the spring just in time to feed on the foliage and blossoms. Apply grease bands around the trunk of the fruit tree to keep the moth out of the tree. Removable wrap(burlap and twine works) is tied to the fruit tree. Then the tanglefoot(sticky substance) is applied to the wrap to prevent the moth from climbing up.
- Collect seeds from annuals for next year. When the seed pods turn brown and begin to split remove them and place them on paper lined trays in a sunny position. When the seeds pods are completely dry remove the seeds, remove any debris and store in a labelled envelope in a dry, cool location until ready for sowing.
- Dry flowers such as hydrangea for winter color. When collecting hydrangea flowers always cut in the morning or evening. Do not cut freshly opened hydrangeas or they will droop. Put hydrangea flower cuttings in a vase with an inch of water. Do not add any additional water.
- Continue deadheading annuals and perennials to extend blooming season. Divide perennials and plant new perennials.
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