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Manitoba People and Plants News

December 12, 2006
by Nancy Heide
December 12, 2006

Here’s the news for avid gardeners in Manitoba

December 12, 2006

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Greetings!

As the last newsletter in 2006 arrives in your inbox, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope you will take some time to browse through the gardening magazines and catalogues that are arriving daily in the mail.

Hosta of the Year

Ever wondered who selects the hosta of the year? Members of the American Hosta Growers’ Association (www.hostagrowers.org) established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996. Hostas of the Year, selected by members’ votes, are hostas that grow well in all regions of the US, are widely available, and retail for about $15USD in the year of selection. The 2007 Hosta of the Year is … the ‘Paradigm’ Hosta. This large Hosta emerges with beautiful green-yellow leaves in late spring. The variegation intensifies later in the season. Look for the Perennial Plant of the Year in the next issue of Manitoba People and Plants.

New Perilla With a Cause

For every 'Gage's Shadow' Perilla sold, Proven Winners will make a donation to United Cerebral Palsy to promote research and provide services for those with cerebral palsy. The plant was bred by Cheryl Baker of The Shed Floral Nursery in Mentone, Alabama. Baker's son, Gage, has cerebral palsy. 'Gage's Shadow' striking dark black leaves with interesting bright green venation and reaches heights of 36-48”.

Garden Centre Construction Update

I have been asked many times about our project this winter, that is, the move and construction of our new and expanded greenhouse. So here’s an update. We have managed to move our existing steel frame structure to our new location with only a few glitches. It and a second frame are now in place behind a large storefront including an office and bathroom. The floor of the storefront has been done in exposed aggregate and gives the store a natural look. The double layers of poly are currently being placed. Another shed is currently being built behind the two frames to allow for a storage and potting area. The whole facility will be ready by spring 2007. We will begin planting in February as the construction crew ie) my husband Darryl puts the finishing touches on. We will heat the entire facility with a flaxstraw boiler, which won’t be ready until March; however we have other heaters for backup until then.

Food For Thought

Last issue I requested your input on selection in your garden centre. I received no responses, likely due to a lack of time so I will pose the question again… What item do you wish there was a greater selection of in your garden centre? Ferns? Statuary? Garden decor? Too much already? Click here to respond. I would love to have your input and will post the results in the next issue of MPP.

Talk to you soon, Nancy

Nancy Heide

Perennial Bliss Garden Centre

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