Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

I just came back from Salt Spring Island. For those of you who aren’t from around here, it’s a small island off the coast of Vancouver Island, known for it’s art, “hippies” and beautiful scenery. Growing up there I spent the majority of my youth roaming forests and wondering beaches, it was a tough life.

If it’s not bad enough that I spend the majority of my time gardening here in Victoria, I ‘ve started to garden out of town as well. For the last year and a bit I’ve been bringing plants to Saltspring and setting up a small garden for my grandparents and parents. Today I planted a large 5 gallon Gunnera manicata, and let me tell you that’s always a thrilling planting. The earth on my family’s property is hard and difficult to dig, I nearly sprained something chipping through clay and shell. Still if you’re going to do something, do it right, I dug a fine hole indeed and plunked it in.

While on the island I also did a little garden renovation on my mother’s deck, and I’m quite pleased in how it worked out. They’re very fortunate to have a deck on the water and some lively plants really brought it together. While not exactly unusual, I thought the combination worked out well. Dahlias, Dianthus ‘Popstar’ and some violas to fill the gaps.


The red’s in these dahlias almost glow fluorescent. These photos don’t do them justice!


Dianthus ‘Popstar’ gives nonstop blooms throughout the summer, forming a small mound of silver blue foliage.

Having spent the majority of my afternoon / evening accidentally napping due to an influx of beer and loud music last night, I’m wired at 12:00am on a Monday morning. Work tomorrow, time to try sleeping once again. I hope everyone had a good weekend!


A new addition to the family, this little trouble maker also enjoys digging holes in the garden.

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
Tips and tales about gardening in one of the most mild climates in Canada. Specializing in rare and strange plants from far out destinations, this is the story of an obsessed young gardener in Victoria B.C. Let's create more tropical gardens in the garden city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
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