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Burnett: Cold winter leaves bad footprint on certain plants

The days are now getting longer, which means we are now over the hump and spring is around the corner.

Well…perhaps not quite yet, but we are experiencing much milder weather here in the Okanagan than elsewhere in Canada.

That blast we had prior to the Christmas season was enough for me and took its toll on some of my plants.

First on the list and with no hope of recovery is my dwarf pampas which actually came through last winter.

What a show it put on this year as a two-year-old.  I will replace it again this spring simply because it adds something to my garden I can get nowhere else.

My beautiful standard Olympia rose will not make it this year after coming through several winters prior to this one.

Because it is a Hybrid Tea grafted onto a three-foot stem, it is vulnerable and cannot take the -18 C we had earlier on.

Another plant I believe bit the dust is my Lithodora which is looking very brown.

Too early yet to tell of course and we could still get some ugly weather, but I know I will have lots more damage when I take inventory this spring.

Oh well, such are the fortunes of gardening.

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The bus is getting to be full for our trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, with fewer than 10 seats left.

So if you have been thinking of coming with us this year you should act now by calling Sunwest Tours at 250-765-9016.

This will be the 10th year in a row we have been doing this, so I will have a few special things going on to celebrate the occasion.

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As we head into 2014, I thought it would be appropriate to write down some of my gardening New Year’s resolutions.

I will try out at least one new plant in each category this year. We tend to go to the garden centre and pick out the same old tried and true plants, so this year I am going to make a real effort to change that.

I will repair or replace all my kinky hoses.

I will remove plants that are not behaving in my garden and replace them with something else.

I will try to become more familiar with proper botanical names.

I will try to reduce my use of water. I will give more plants as gifts.

I will make a new place in the garden to sit and enjoy my surroundings. I will turn at least one young person in my family on to the joys of gardening.

I will sharpen and repair all my garden tools and toss out any I don’t use.

I will make sure I get the weeding done before they go to seed.

I will stop and smell the roses and share my gardening experiences with others whenever I can.

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