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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba B4 BRANDON June 2002 Bleeding hearts undemanding During May and and well into the fust half of one of the most dependable performers in the perenni al border has to be the an old favourite that has graced the flower beds of Manitoba gardens for At the end of my specimen of the common bleedingheart Dicentra spectabilis is still in full its ele gantly arching sprays of pink heart shaped blossoms providing a unique accent in the flower Common bleedingheart is a large reaching a height of 75 centime and its arching branches take up a lot of I have mine located against the west wall of the garage where it is subject to considerable drought and receives strong afternoon and yet it I have seen bleedinghearts located in eastern exposures and in northfac ing and they seem to perform well a truly undemanding My bleedingheart grows and every few years I take a large divi sion from it to keep it in The fleshy roots break off easily and I have had not trouble getting the divi sion to settle in and develop into a new Bleedingheart seems not to be bothered by insect or disease and its only drawback is that the foliage tends to brown off in late sum mer hence it is a good idea to have it at the rear of a border behind a plant that develops later and will provide a screen in front of the bleeding heart later in the I have yellow daisies in front of mine I let them seed themselves and they develop in late their ferny leaves hiding the bleedinghearts flagging and their bright yellow flowers provid ing a late summer focal In my northfacing perennial bor GARDENING By Albert Parsons in which I have planted and other shadeloving I have a different species of bleeding Dicentra commonly called California bleedingheart or Pacific This form of bleedingheart is growing only 4050 cm in and its foliage is more finely cut than that of the common bleeding Dicentra Formosa is a good addition to the shade where it will bloom until early Its attractive foliage does not brown off as early as that of the common bleeding so it is an attractive specimen even when not in Bleedinghearts are undemanding plants in terms of They will grow in ordinary garden as long as it is not too contains lots of and drains I am always amazed at how drought tolerant they although I do know that they are quite deeprooted plants and therefore can sustain themselves easily during a dry I cannot discuss bleedinghearts without mentioning another remark able perennial that blooms at the same time and also has lovely arching branches with pendulous not unlike Of Im referring to Solomons seal which is actually a member of the lily I have these plants in the same northfacing bed as the Pacific bleed and they perform Solomons seal grows almost a meter and can be underplanted with shorter such as Ladys to hide the rather bare lower Solomons seal is a good plant for those people lucky enough to have a naturalized woodland since that is their natural growing among the wood violets and mosses beneath the Both bleedinghearts and Solomons seal have long bloom peri are easy care and tolerate They are good candidates for the perennial border to provide early color in the Albert Parsons is a gardendesign and landscaping consultant living in SENIORS CALENDAR Volunteer as a Campground Host in selected Manitobas provincial parks and receive free Contact Manitoba Conservation toll free at Ethnic Dessert Tea is on July 3 from at Seniors for 311 Park Cost is Seniors for Seniors bus tour to is on July Call 571 Seniors for Seniors and Tena Kilmurys Freedom Acres is holding a garden social on July 24 from 14 South one mile from 17th and Richmond Cross the Eastern Access and turn left at first Watch for Cost is Summer oldtime music is fea tured at Seniors for Seniors on July 25 from Come and dance to the sounds of the Cost includes Freshly picked SASKATOONS are for sale at Seniors for To place your order call Prairie Oasis Senior 241 Eighth programs are as follows Mondays public bingo at and 6 Tuesdays floor shuffle board Wednesdays bridge at Thursdays Cribbage 1 Scrabble 1 Prairie Oasis Senior 241 Eighth offers a hot meal Mondays at and Tuesday to Friday each week at Cost is Canada Games Sportsplex fea tures swim Monday and Friday Tuesday and Thursday and Wednesday Brandon New Horizons meet at the South End Community 1140 Ninth every Wednesday and Friday at for Contact the Community Centre at 7285720 after YMCA Senior Aquatic Fitness classes are Wednesday and Friday from Cost is Call Strictly Seniors Morning Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Town Centre at 9 Westman Shuffleboard Club offers 12 regulation sized courts locat ed in Riverview Curling Club each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to all summer until New members Call John Brownridge 7288382 or Irene dennont Seniors for Seniors hosts Afternoon Games every Wednesday and Friday at Call 5712050 for more Shoppers Mall Seniors Coffee Club meets the third Wednesday of each month from to Coffee and refreshments Seniors Pool League meets Thursdays at 1 at the Velvet 20 Seventh Call Jim Bridge is played at Valleyview Leisure Club every Friday at Contact Gillian Harries 7284107 or Greta Stromberg Meet every Friday at at Seniors for 311 Park for snooker and Meals on Wheels provide nutritious meals five days a week to persons recovering from ill disabled clients or post operative surgical Call Prairie Oasis Drivers are also required for this Brown parched plant yellow hungry plant BY JAMES AND MORRIS CAREY For The Associated Press Nana Rose loved her carna She saw great beauty in all growing and kept an enormous rilled with stunning shrubs and her carnations were her pride and joy those and her We brothers often would sit with her out in the back yard on a big steel swing with massively fluffy seat and she would show us how to use just the right amount of water not too not too little to keep her flowers Our mom would break out in a rash when she stayed in the sun too she became the houseplant When it came to the plants we learned from Nana With the mom was the Did you know that more plants indoors or out die from over watering and overfertilization than from any other cause Roots left to soak in a pot of muddy water even tually will rot and cause your plant to What we learned from mom was simple dont water a plant every The best way to find out if a plant needs water is to use your per sonal moisture meter your Stick your finger into the soil near the base of the If the soil is moist about an inch beneath the sur it doesnt need Heres another good tip never use fresh tap water to give your plants a Fill your watering and let it sit for a few days before you use it to water Letting the tap water sit allows it to warm to room tem perature and gives chlorine time to Cold water can send some plants into hibernation and others into It is also important to water your plants the root ball of your plant will grow toward the If you water only the top of your the roots will remain near the top and the root ball will not become large and If you get the soil wet all the way to Brighten up a room with a plant Select the right pot for your The pot should be 1 2 larger than the root Cover drainage holes Use pieces of broken Add 1 of more for large pots Watering l space Compost Drainage hole Add 2 3 compost to the Set plant in and add compost around the Top of root ball should be just under top of Leave 1 to 2 watering space at use a prepared Never use soil from your which almost always contains weeds and Water thoroughly Water over the top of Place in tub or tray of standing water for 15 Water thoroughly again and remove from tray to Place in indirect lighting for 3 4 days Water as follows WinterWeekly Spring Fall Twice Weekly SummerDaily the bottom of the thats where the plants roots eventually will It is really important to pot indoor plants in containers that have a hole at the Drainage is essential to a plants As do plants need food as well as Once you have your watering routine down you will need to be sure that your plants are properly Keep in mind that you should never fertilize a plant that is Always water then Chemical fertiliz ers can so be careful about how much you Fish emulsion is the It but it is very hard to overdo Miracle Grow is anoth er safe fertilizing product when used according to It is really important to not fertilize during the winter or when a plant is Fertilizer can build up in the soil and become quite When you first bring home a plant from the be careful not to fertilize it right Most companies use slowrelease fertilizer that will last for quite a Plants indoors or out are but are beneficial in another important They give off oxygen and absorb carbon diox We humans do just the oppo We breathe in oxygen and expel carbon Plants provide a fresh supply of air and absorb the dangerous gasses that we How much more compatible could any two elements of nature be Be Many houseplants come from tropical climates where many poisonous plants The houseplant is a good air but it could be quite it is wise to treat houseplants as poten tially harmful when it comes to chil Heres one that Mom taught When the leaf is brown the plant needs When the leaf is yellow it needs You can take that one to the ON THE NET For more home improvement tips and information visit our Web site at Readers can mail questions to On the 50 Rockefeller New NY10020 or email To receive a copy of On the House booklets on or send a check or money order payable to The Associated Press for US per booklet and mail to On the Box New or through these online sites or Teaching kids to garden may provide best harvest of all NEW Back a from your usual seasonal quest for prize sweating over bounteous berries or training twin Turn instead toward teaching your own little sprouts how to Gardening gives children an altogether new window to the Youngsters learn to see life cycles in a benign sort of way everything from collecting and drying new seeds to tossing tired old plants onto the compost People are concerned about a disconnect by children with their says Marcia a horticulture educator at Cornell Most educators recommend starting early and perhaps by having your preschoolers work alongside you to learn how nutrientrich dirt can feel beneath their Have them mould mud or scoop some loose soil into Toss roots or seedlings into their mix before placing the pies into the figura tive ovens to Select a vegetable theyve learned to like a fast have them plant it in their own little corner of the Have them adopt a row of seedlings to weed and At the end of the growing encourage them to donate some of their vegetable There are lots of different lessons to says Lisa a University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Families can learn how to talk with one anoth er again by virtue of shared garden A new generation can pick up conservation values working plant by Youngsters with energy to burn can reap the benefits of patience and Its also another way to teach Thomson as well as basic math You say vegetables are a hard sell Have them plant a pizza Townson Recommended reading Buckets Boots Gardening Together With by Sharon Gardening Wizardry for by Patricia Kite Green Thumbs A Kids Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor by Laurie The Childrens Kitchen Garden A Book of Cooking and by Georgeanne Ethel Marcel Barchechat and Ann Diabetes food guide wins top award in dietitians competition A diabet ic food guide developed by the Centretown Community in Ottawa has won a top award in a communication The Diabetes Food Guide to Healthy Eating was honoured at the annual Kraft and Dietitians of Canada Speaking of Food and Eating Award The guide was developed in an effort to ensure that Canadians with Type 2 diabetes have access to accurate and culturally appropriate nutrition The Diabetes Food Guide to Healthy Eating is available for purchase at for 50 with cheque payable to Centretown Community Health 420 Cooper To obtain individual copies at no call 613 2334443 fax 613 2334541 or write the above attention Joycelene Canadian Press hear better Macdonald Optical Hearing Aids Contact Lenses Eyeglasses 833 Rosser 7271436 II Jeffrey Bates Qualified orthodontists Phone 7270401 ;