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Never let your guard (or garden) down IN THE GARDEN Brian Minter
ur first cold spell of the season is on its way any day now, so this is a final call to complete all the winterizing in your garden. Severe weather is a fact of gardening life, but we can take some steps to minimize the affects. The first suggestion I would like to make pertains to hardiness. Most of us know which hardiness zone we live in and should therefore be planting only those plants which will tolerate that zone. Certainly slight variations will exist, but as a rule of thumb, most of the plants zoned for your region will take the worst most winters have to offer. If you don’t know your zone, you can easily find out from a local nursery. From experience, however, I know that no gardener worth her or his salt pays much attention to zones. Virtually all gardeners set out plants they know are not hardy in their region, but they insist that with a little extra protection these plants will survive. Unfortunately, that protection is not always applied until it’s too late. There are, however, some techniques that can add a few degrees of hardiness
to many plants. One thing I noticed after an early November cold spell three years ago was that plants growing in very welldrained sandy soil survived the cold with the least amount of damage. It seems that if a plant’s roots have had to work harder for moisture and food, the plant is tougher and stops growing earlier in the fall. As a consequence, its branches and buds become dormant earlier, preventing severe damage from the cold. These plants also tend to stay dormant longer and suffer far less root damage because with a lower moisture content, the soil is not moved about so much by the frost. Planting all your plants, particularly the softer ones, in well-drained sandy loam is a sure way to toughen them up. The best protection for many plants is a good mulching with fir or hemlock bark mulch or even with sawdust. Mulching makes an incredible difference. It retains critical moisture necessary around the roots and slows down the freezing and thawing process. Roses, in particular, need at least one foot of mulch over their bud union. This will get them through any winter. Immediately after a cold spell when the temperature is on the rise and the frost is coming out of the ground, it’s essential to get moisture back into our plants. Soak
the living daylights out of the foliage of broad-leaved plants and thoroughly penetrate the root system with water. A good watering can really make quite a difference to the amount of damage to so many plants. Desiccation from cold, drying winter winds is another major problem. As if the severe wind on our poor broad-leaved plants, like aucubas, photinias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, is not bad enough, winter sunshine can really burn them. Not only is it important to create wind breaks around our plants, it’s also essential to keep winter sunshine off them. The simplest and easiest way to achieve this is to put three or more strong bamboo stakes around as a tripod and wrap the plant with some of the new nursery insulting material that is easy and quick to apply. In-ground hardy palms and bananas need to be wrapped in the same way. Make sure you cut the leaves off the bananas and mulch around the base. It’s also important to prevent water from getting into the crown of the palms. Outdoor containers full of winter colour are one of the major concerns. As a rule of thumb, when we get below –7 or -8°C I always move them to a more protected location out of the cold winter winds. If they are frozen, they can be
moved to a protected shed or garage where they will be fine. If they are on a deck with no alternative, simply put proper insulation (I mean home building insulation) around the pots and over the top, simply make a tripod of three bamboo stakes and wrap with either bubble poly or the new nursery insulating cloth that makes about a 10°C difference in temperature. In your vegetable garden, simply mulch your root crops and use either Remay cloth or insulating cloth on top of all you plants like beets, swiss chard and hardy lettuce. Experiencing numerous years of cold winters in our gardens has taught us many good lessons. First and foremost, never let your guard down. A couple of years of mild winters can lull us into winter complacency. Make sure you always prepare the appropriate winter protection. Secondly, as bad as it may seem, don’t assume the worst until new growth appears, or doesn’t appear, in the spring. Only when the weather warms up will you know for sure if your plants are okay. Finally, cold winters are just a part of the gardening cycle. Passionate gardeners will keep on planting tender plants - losing a few is part of the learning curve we all go through.
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Concord Paciﬁc brings a new neighbourhood to life in a growing, vibrant City Centre
November 18, 2010
Get in on a new community Missed out on Yaletown? Second chance at Park Place Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was Metro Vancouver. In fact, Yaletown didn’t even exist 15 years ago. Now, it houses some of the priciest real estate in the local market – and throughout the entire country – while remaining a residential downtown mecca for fashionable boutiques, trendy lounges, chic restaurants and upscale businesses. So it’s no wonder that Concord Pacific, a developer of multi-phased, master-planned residential communities including Concord Pacific Place on the former Expo 86 lands, is turning to one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada: Surrey. Recently named by the Real Estate Investment Network of Canada as the number-one place to invest in real estate in B.C. and the fourth-best city in Canada, Surrey the second-largest city in B.C. behind Vancouver. With about 800 people moving to Surrey every month, the city is set to rival the City of Vancouver’s population within 20 years, according to the City of Surrey website. Concord Pacific is bringing its Park Place community to life in its City Centre region, an area that is undergoing a massive revitalization to enhance the many amenities and homes in the neighbourhood. The construction of Park Place – two 36-storey concrete construction residential towers with commercial/mixed-use space, connected with a common podium/amenity area – adds to a number of significant construction projects underway in Surrey City Centre, including the Simon Fraser University campus expansion, the RCMP E Division Headquarters (2013 completion), Surrey Memorial Hospital (2014), the new City Hall (2013) and Surrey’s Civic Library (2011), among other large-scale infrastructure and transportation improvements. “Concord Pacific is one of our key partners as we create B.C.’s next great metropolitan centre,” Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says, in a release about the Concord Pacific development. “The Park Place project will help create a vibrant, livable urban community in City Centre.” When both towers are complete – the second tower is expected to be finished by this time next year – the 698 suites will offer sweeping views
Concord Pacific’s Park Place offers homebuyers a chance to purchase in a new community in Surrey, one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities.
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says, and notes Park Place is drawing a wide range of homebuyers, people of all ages and from all over Metro Vancouver. “Nothing faces a back alley. You have views all the way around.” Expansive windows let natural light reign inside; kitchens are modern and sleek, with two choices of colour schemes and Corian countertops. Bathrooms come with soaker tubs, porcelain tile flooring and limestone or marble countertops. The amenities shared by the two buildings include a bowling alley – a popular hit in other Concord Pacific projects, a billiards/games room, a theatre, a meeting room, change rooms, steam rooms, a fully equipped fitness facility and a yoga/Pilates room. On the podium level, residents have access to a barbecue area, an indoor and outdoor lounge and an event kitchen. The homes in Park Place I – the first tower – are nearly sold out and sales are opening for the second tower Nov. 27. And Concord Pacific isn’t stopping there. “We’re looking at more sites in Surrey. Obviously, we believe in the area,” Udzenija says, but notes that, at Park Place, “this is the last chance to get in at the beginning of a new community.” Visit www.parkplaceliving.ca for details.
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GRAND OPENING NOV 27
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