Harebell in bloom, June 28th

Hard to photograph the flowers on Campanula rotundifolia (harebell) properly, they’re so little and delicate. An Alberta native.

Harebell, June 28th 2015

Useful Book: Go Wild!

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At Arch Greenhouses last weekend, I picked up a copy of the Edmonton Naturalization Group’s book Go Wild! which is a very useful little book if you are interested in adding native plants to your yard. It has some general suggestions about planting, etc. but the bulk of it is listings of about 35 native wildflowers (and a few grasses): preferences for growing conditions, how to grow from seed and collect seed, plus the standard info for a gardening book like height, bloom time/colour, etc.

In addition to this, Go Wild! lists another 10 or so “rampant wildflowers” that it charmingly deems “over-enthusiastic and rambunctious.”

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Event this weekend: Edmonton Naturalization Group at Arch Greenhouses

So it doesn’t appear on the website (I don’t think??), but according to the Edmonton Native Plant Group’s Facebook page, they’ll be selling native plants at Arch Greenhouse tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm. (I’m not sure if the same times apply to both days, so maybe call before you go?)
“Gardening with Native Plants” talk by Cherry Dodd from the ENG at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

Location: Arch Greenhouse 3151 – 97 Street, south of 34 Ave on 97 st. (780-438-4349)

If you’ve never been to Arch Greenhouse, it’s worth a visit. I was there at the end of the season last year, so the variety wasn’t the best, but they had some unusual plants and everything looked very healthy.

It’s not too late for plant sales – see my Spring 2015 plant sales list.
And if you know of any others, please leave a comment below and I’ll add them to the list!