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Garden Club of PEI

The November 21 meeting of the Garden Club of PEI will include a presentation on Christmas Decoratin [ ... ]

Gary’s Christmas

6th season for sequenced lights and music show Be a part of the 6th season of Gary's Christmas sequ [ ... ]

Gardening Delights
by Nancy Oakes

Being as focused as I am on one particular species, it's been a few years since I have added any truly new plants to the garden. I have studiously stayed away from garden centres until the bitter end, when there is little to choose from, thus keeping within my meager "other plants" budget. Of course I've added Hostas from Bob Pharoah and I've ordered in a few more Astilbes and hardy geraniums, but new species have I none.

Well, that's not exactly true. Last year I was given some Canna bulbs. They kind of sat around for a while and made it into the ground so late that I doubted any flowers would form. Wrong. They were late, but they were there and when I dug them up for storage (another task I'm not too good at) there were gazillions. Now I'm becoming enamored with the exotic again, so there'll be more Cannas and probably some Caladiums to fill up a much ignored shade garden.

Then, cruising the Internet (this is becoming almost as dangerous as going to garden centres) I came across www.bambooworld.com. This could be trouble. Hardy Bamboo (the real stuff, not "Island bamboo") from a Canadian source (okay, it's BC, but still...). Just a few hours later there is a question on my listerv about hardy Bamboo and answers from lots of folks in Zone 5. Close enough to fate for me.

There were dire warnings about growing any of the Phyllostachys, running bamboos, but lots of recommendations for the clumping bamboos. So my dreams of a grove of 4" diameter Bamboo to use on the roof of a gazebo are dashed. As I cruised looking for other bamboo sites (these people are enthusiastic), I found a fair amount of discussion about the occasional severe dieback, so...maybe just one, with tasty shoots for eating should it become too vigorous. But it may be best to stick with the Fargesias. They're a clumping bamboo that range in height from 12 to 20 feet and all are under one inch in diameter. They grow at high elevations and can withstand very low temperatures and the leaves are a favorite of pandas, so I'll be ready should they ever arrive. Mature plant dimensions are for those grown under ideal conditions. Not something they'll be doing here. Plus, should they ever flower, which requires on-going annual ideal conditions, they'll die.

I was having a few second thoughts, cause these are not cheap and the shipping...Yikes! Then while checking U.S. sites and seeing those prices, these started sounding pretty cheap! Ah, where would we gardeners be without rationalization?

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Some Upcoming Events

One-act comedies

Rob MacDonald presents four of his plays in November The Guild Island audiences are familiar with  [ ... ]

Sirens season

Women’s choral ensemble announces concerts for 2018–19 Select dates
Select locations Sirens is  [ ... ]

The Island Christmas Review

With Patrick Ledwell and Mark Haines December 5–8
Harmony House Theatre Christmas gives us permis [ ... ]

Recent News & Articles

Acadian showman

Profile: Christian Gallant by Jane Ledwell Forty-six musicians and step dancers took the stage at  [ ... ]

Young Company headed to National Child W...

The TD Confederation Centre Young Company is hitting the road again. After a busy 2017 season that s [ ... ]

9th UPEI Chancellor

Honourable Catherine Callbeck installed The Honourable Catherine Callbeck has been installed as the [ ... ]