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Canada Blooms announces the 'Garvinea Sweet' series of gerberas as plant of the year


of gerberas has been chosen by Canada Blooms as its 2016 plant of the year. The plant of the year pick is always a highly anticipated announcement that sets the stage for flower trends and colours for the upcoming spring. “The 'Garvinea Sweet' series of gerberas is a great plant for people


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Spring Shows: It’s a party at


Canada Blooms


Canada Blooms March 11 to 20 Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto Guests will experience their first breath


of Spring at Canada Blooms: The Flower and Garden Festival, March 11 to 20 at the Enercare Centre (formerly the Direct Energy Centre). Come celebrate our 20th Anniversary


with acres of stunning creative gardens in a dazzling display of colour, texture and fragrance designed by Canada’s best landscape designers, architects and builders. Choose from over 100 hours of seminars and demonstrations by industry experts who are happy to share their knowledge and love of horticulture and floriculture. www.canadablooms.com.


Huh?


Seedy origins – In the mid-1500s the term “seedy” was coined to reference “fruitful, abundant,”


and was defined as “abounding in seeds”. By 1739, probably in refer- ence to the shabby appearance of a


plant that has gone to seed, it began to be used as a term of disparage-


ment, meaning sordid, disreputable or unwell.


(Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper)


localgardener.net Do you


know what’s bugging your houseplants?


Here’s what happens when spider mites get out of control.


With cooler temps, gardeners’ attention shifts to indoor plants. Radio call-in shows are dominated by questions about pests on houseplants, and my own in-box starts to fill up with descriptions of curled and wilting leaves. Test your knowledge by answering true or false to the following questions. 1. Houseplants harbour fruit flies. 2. Fungus gnats are not terribly harmful to houseplants. 3. Spider mites actually are tiny spiders. 4. Spider mites spin webs to catch insects for food. 5. Spider mites prefer a dry environment. 6. Scale is a hard-shell fungus that grows on plant stems. 7. Mealy bugs are a kind of scale. 8. Scales can be washed off plants with a gentle stream of water. 9. One single whitefly can destroy a large plant. 10. Spider mites, whitefly and aphids can all be eradicated with a single spraying of permethrin.


Check your answers online at localgardener.net. Dreaming 2016 • 5


ith a bloom that will last for the entire Canadian summer, the ‘Garvinea Sweet’ series


with all different levels of gardening know-how,” said Terry Caddo, Gener- al Manager of Canada Blooms. “The 'Garvinea Sweet' is a reliable garden performer in the spring, summer and fall with increased disease toler- ance, cold tolerance and an excel- lent re-bloom habit that makes it the perfect plant for everyone and the perfect plant to be named Canada Blooms 2016 plant of the year.”


These gerberas come in fun, bright colours. ? Find answers online


Photo by Paramecium. Photo courtesy of Florist Holland B.V.


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