If you have never visited Summerland, British Columbia, you really should put it on your bucket list. I feel lucky to be trying my gardening hand in this beautiful region of the southern interior of BC. Like few other places in Canada, grapes and tree fruits grow fantastically well here. The growing season is thankfully longer than the short Saskatchewan one I had been adapting to for the last many years.
No matter where you live, there is plenty of garden inspiration to be enjoyed around here. Of course, the stunning Summerland Ornamental Gardens are just a quick walk across a trestle from here. They have their own large examples of xeriscape gardens which I like to visit regularly.
|Our apple trees, in February awaiting spring awakening|
|Morning at Powell Beach in Trout Creek|
This week, I pruned the mystery-variety plum tree that have lived here untended on a steep bank for many years. This tree gets to be my practice subject and received several sprays with neem oil last year and is now on a watering system. We will try dormant oil, sulphur spray, and wrapping the trunk with the tanglefoot kit I bought, hopefully reducing pests. Time will tell if any of this is of use.