Website Banner 500.jpgThe Telegram Telegram - Janice WellsList of the latest articles from this category./Author-Janice-Wells/904/5Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:21:37 -0500Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:21:37 -0500enGoing grass-free, 21 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500A few weeks ago, I included an email from a reader named Catherine who said she was giving up on growing grass on the front lawn in favour of shrubs and groundcover, and asked for any ideas on designing front lawns. pink, 14 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500It can add cheer to your garden — and your shed overwintering experiment, 07 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500Oh dear, I may have to rethink my pots of tulips plan. my enthusiasm, 31 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400An interesting question from reader Francie Hynes set me further along the road of planting bulbs in containers. “I have a half barrel where there are lilies planted that don’t appear until July,” she wrote. “Can I put some spring bulbs in there without harming the lilies?” feathered friends, 24 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400Did you know there are such things as desirable weeds? There are if you want to attract birds. Potting bulbs for spring, 17 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400So here I am with nice fat bulbs from the Parkinson’s Society and of course haven’t a clue where I have bulbs already planted. Well I have a clue, but I just don’t fancy digging around and splitting any in half like I’ve done before. depression blooms, 10 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400Over a year ago, I wrote a column sharing the physical health challenges I was going through. So many of you wrote wonderfully supportive letters about how brave I was to disclose something so personal.I wasn’t all that brave. At the very end of the column I somewhat flippantly mentioned ... to the rescue, 03 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400Two lines at the end of a column about what to plant on a dry gravel bank brought big response about the bigfoot geranium. The ones I’d read about were called Biokovo and Karmina and I said I’d love to know where to find some. to think tulips, 26 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400First of all; I have found Bigfoot. As a believer in the creature Bigfoot; Sasquatch; Yeti or whatever you want to call it, just writing that tickles me, even if it is a geranium instead of a big elusive hairy creature that walks upright in the depths of wilderness. Thanks to generous readers, ... plants to lean on for slopes, 19 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400While ruminating on what to do with my newly constructed gravel slopes, scree popped into my head. to do about raised beds?, 12 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400Hopefully there has been no earth-shattering horticultural news this week that I should be commenting on as I am on a wee holiday and therefore wrote this column on Sept. 1. paths and patios, 05 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400Thanks to Sandy Robertson for a very timely photo this week of yellow sedum growing quite happily on a gravel path used for access to his roof (for knocking off icicles mostly) and transporting heavy and bulky garden material to and fro in his garden. on tour, 29 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400Tuesday night I had a lovely unexpected phone call from Regina McCarthy of the well-known McCarthy’s Party tour company. They’ve been around since 1982, showcasing Newfoundland and Labrador to visitors to our province but I didn’t know until now that they customize tours for every interest. a plan, 22 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400What do you call a piece of land that doesn’t deserve the name garden but has aspirations? Grounds with goals? A plot with a purpose? Right now, I can’t in all seriousness call what I have in Heart’s Content a garden. in, 15 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400Sometimes I think this column should come with a warning: do what I say, not what I do. Aside from getting the bank sculpted and a trench full of topsoil readied for the hedge, I have not done anything right in what I had envisioned as the Heart’s Content garden. of Chris, 08 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400I remember the night the Designer Guys came to my house, to my tiny, 19th-century blacksmith’s house. the birds, 01 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400I know I’ve written at least one column in the past year or so about attracting birds to the garden, and while being a city gardener, I knew I would be starting a country garden. mystery tour, 18 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400So it’s Saturday morning and maybe you’d like a new experience. Maybe you’re not much of a gardener, but if you’re reading this column it could mean that you’d like to be, or at least might like to be a bit more inspired.’s dream garden day, 11 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400As I write it’s a Tuesday morning and OMG! The day that I have been planning for for the past two years has finally arrived — two clever little machines called Kubotas are attacking my banks, helping to form the bones that will be my garden. fickle garden, 04 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400I don’t know about you, but odd things have happened in my garden this year. Dependable stalwarts are behaving as if they’re on their way out and others that are still around only because I hadn’t gotten around to getting rid of them are finally strutting their stuff.