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This week back to questions to interrupt the information about new annual flowers.
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale

email: art@artdrysdale.com

Art Drysdale, a life-long resident of Toronto and a horticulturist well known all across Canada, is now a resident of Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo. He has reno-vated an old home and has a new garden there. His radio gardening vignettes are heard in south-western Ontario over radio station Easy 101 FM out of Tillsonburg at 2 PM weekdays.

Art also has his own website at http://www.artdrysdale.com


January 14, 2018

 

 

 



 


 



 

Two interesting questions rolled in this week!

Sharon Garner wrote: “I heard part of your radio program in which you mentioned three excellent sources for seeds. Could you please list them for me as I was driving at the time and could not record the names. With Thanks.”

Usually in response to questions of this type I am able to send a script for the original radio vignette, but at this time I am having a computer problem that is stopping me from doing so. As an alternative here is a list of a large number of catalogues. If you only want a few I suggest you start with Stokes Seeds, Dominion Seed House and OSC Seeds. Richters Herbs is also excellent.

Sources of Canadian Seed Catalogues


Alberta Nurseries and Seed Ltd.,
P.O. Box 20,
BOWDEN, AB T0M 0K0.
403-224-3544

Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes,
P.O. Box 70,
BOWDEN, AB, T0M 0K0.
1-877-224-3939 www.seedpotatoes.ca

William Dam Seeds Ltd.,
P.O. Box 8400,
DUNDAS, Ont. L9H 6M1.
905-628-6641, www.damseeds.com 

Dominion Seed House
P. O. Box 2500,
GEORGETOWN, Ont. L7G 5L6.
905-873-3037 www.dominion-seed-house.com


* Fish Lake Garlic Man,
R.R. #2,
DEMORSTVILLE, Ont. K0K 1W0.
613-476-8030

Florabunda Seeds,
Box 3,
INDIAN RIVER, Ont. K0L 2B0.
705-295-6440 contact@florabundaseeds.com
www.florabundaseeds.com

The Halifax Seed Company,
P.O. Box 8026,
HALIFAX, N.S. B3K 5L8.
902-454-7456
http://shop.itnweb.com/halifaxseed/

McFayden Seed Co. Ltd.
P.O. Box 1800,
BRANDON, Man. R7A 6N4.
1-800-205-7111
www.mcfayden.com 

OSC Seeds,
Box 7,
WATERLOO, Ont. N2J 3Z6.
519-886-0557, www.oscseeds.com

Rawlinson Garden Seed,
269 College Road,
TRURO, N.S. B2N 2P6.
902-893-3051

Richters Herbs
Canada's Herb Specialists,
GOODWOOD, Ont. L0C 1A0.
905-640-6677, inquiry@richters.com www.richters.com 

Stokes Seeds Ltd.,
P.O. Box 10,
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. L2R 6R6.
905-688-4300, stokes@stokeseeds.com 
Fax: 1-888-834-3334 www.stokeseeds.com 

T & T Seeds Ltd.,
P.O. Box 1710,
WINNIPEG, Man. R3C 3P6.
www.ttseeds.com

Territorial Seeds,
P.O. Box 46225, Station G,
VANCOUVER, B.C. V6R 4G5
www.territorial-seed.com/

Vesey's Seeds Ltd.,
YORK, P.E.I. C0A 1P0.
1-800-363-7333,veseys@veseys.com www.veseys.com 

* Wild Flower Farm,
R.R. #3,
Schomberg, Ont. L0G 1T0.
905-859-4809
miriam@wildflowerfarm.com
www.wildflowerfarm.com

Sources of British and U.S. Seed Catalogues

Ed Hume Seeds, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1450,
KENT, Washington 98035, USA
Fax: 253-859-0694 www.humeseeds.com

Park Seed Company,
1 Parkton Avenue,
GREENWOOD, SC 29647-0001, USA
1-800-845-3369 www.parkseed.com

Johnny's Selected Seeds,
Foss Hill Road,
ALBION, Maine 04910 9731, USA
207-437-4301 www.johnnyseeds.com

Thompson & Morgan Inc.,
P.O. Box 1308,
JACKSON, N.J. 08527, USA
1-800-274-7333 www.thompson-morgan.com 
* ALL CATALOGUES FREE, EXCEPT THAT OF FISH LAKE GARLIC [SEND $3 & SASE] AND WILD FLOWER FARM IS AN ON-LINE ONLY COMPANY.

“The second note is from Jim Jennings of London, Ontario. “Yes I know you might not be able to reply to this concern I have--but I am hoping just the same. We have a fairly large (about 15' tall and round) tree that loves our backyard as it gets sun all day.

This was the first year it didn't dump all its leaves--many are still on the tree now even with the high winds and cold we have received in London, Ontario. Any cause for concern????

Thanks again and hope you are somewhere warmer than most of Canada right now!”

Well yes Jim, it is warmer here than virtually the rest of Canada currently!

I am concerned that you have not told me what type of deciduous tree you have that has not dropped all of its leaves. That is something that Japanese maples do occasionally; could it be that is what you have?

As regards you particular question, “Any cause for concern?” there might well be. What you need to do is to scratch the thin bark surfaces on the various branches (well under pencil thickness), especially on branches still with leaves attached.

This technique is used by nurserymen to see if the branch is still alive. If it (they) are alive the branch surface (beneath) after it has been scraped, will be green, whereas if they are not alive the wood will appear brown instead of green.

Many “older” nurserymen I know would also recommend, using a pair of sturdy scissors or small pruners to cut off all the remaining leaves. I have generally recommended this in the past but I am not sure whether it is to be recommended in your case since I don’t know the state of the tree, nor what type of tree it is.

Good luck, and stay warm!
 

   

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