Replacing crushed plants on heartbreaking roundabout – Chemainus Valley Courier

Chemainus Communities In Bloom sends a big thank you to the 20 volunteers who came out on June 3 in the pouring rain to plant the roundabout and four corners of Henry Road. Many thanks to the gentleman (sorry we didn’t get his name) who provided donuts – still warm – to a very cold and wet group.

Let’s hope people drive carefully in the roundabout area, as Communities In Bloom has had to replace factories driven by drivers not once, twice, but three times. Heartbreaking. Bi-weekly weeding sessions begin June 30 at 4 p.m. and will continue through the fall. Come join us.

It’s Canada Day tomorrow! Do you know all our provincial flowers? Here is:

British Columbia – Pacific Dogwood

Alberta – Wild Rose

Saskatchewan – Western Red Lily

Manitoba – Prairie crocuses

Ontario – White Trillium

Quebec – Iris Blue Flag

Nova Scotia – purple violet

New Brunswick – Mayflower

Prince Edward Island – Slippers

Newfoundland and Labrador – Pitcher Plant

Nunavut – Purple Saxifrage

Northwest Territories – Mountain Avens

National Tree of Canada – Maple

CHOICE OF THE MONTH – The Bunchberry

We have a national tree but do we have a national flower? Well, almost. In 2017, a national competition was held by Ontario’s Master Gardeners. Cornouiller was the popular choice – also known as quatre-temps in French and kawiscowimin in Cree. But the government decided that our national tree was the only symbol needed. Ontario gardeners have suggested planting more dogwood anyway, because it’s a terrific plant. Native to East Asia and North America – a species of perennial flowering shrub in the dogwood family. Botanists have established that the petals move at 22 feet per second when the buds open explosively. This makes it the fastest moving plant in the world.

Plants grow in all parts of the country and change with the seasons. The white flowers bloom in June/July and the pollinated flowers produce edible red berries, a good source for bears and rabbits. The berries are a bit dry and mealy for humans, but they make great raisin snacks because they are sweet. The leaves are purple-red in fall. Common in forest and wetlands (10 to 20 cm high). Likes sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Resistant to deer and rabbits. Excellent ground cover for a woodland garden.

WE DIG – Do it now Tips

* Daily water hanging baskets and containers

* Annuals and perennials die regularly to encourage flowering

* Divide and replant bearded irises every three to four years

* Deadhead and feed the roses

* Cut wilted delphiniums at ground level to stimulate a second bloom

* Prune weigela, mock orange and other flowering shrubs as soon as the flowers have faded

* Feed foliage – add a few drops of fish food to all foliar sprays

* Fuchsias need plenty of water and protection from the hot sun and cold nights

* Stop cutting rhubarb so the plant can store energy – keep it well watered

AND … A child asks for a pet dog. The father replies why don’t you buy a pet tree. Why would we have a pet tree? It’s like a companion dog but the bark is quieter.

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A collage of photos of recent plantings. (Photos submitted)

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