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34 PleasantChester, NS B0J1J0
19 North StLockeport, NS B0T1L0
619 Sackville DrLower Sackville, NS B4C2S4
47 Paint StPort Hawkesbury, NS B9A3J9
40 WaterWindsor, NS B0N2T0
Nova Scotia Flowers News
Aug 17, 2018
AMONG FRIENDS: Couple continues to grow business in beef, cut flowers
Nova Scotia Agricultural College. She was thrilled to later get an internship at West River Gardens.
"I learned so much working with Bob (Parker) and he is still a great mentor. I've made my share of mistakes but his knowledge has saved me from many more," she said.
From there she spent a summer looking after the gardens at Pictou Lodge, developing her sense of what particular plants need to thrive and planning her own garden.
She started growing from seed under lights in her West River Station basement but soon learned wood heat did not provide a consistent enough temperature for many plants.
"For my birthday, James built me a growing bench; a heated, insulated propagation bench. Since then I can rotate plants in and out and the results are much better."
Kaloc, a mechanic with his own tow truck business, has found plenty of use for his skills in the garden business.
"I'm always building something, trying to find a better way. We've learned there is a lot of problem-solving in gardening."
It was four years ago he jumped into the highland cattle business but he admitted to needing a push toward commercial flower growing.
"I had my doubts. Niki was talking flowers and I was thinking maybe tomatoes, maybe cucumbers. But flowers, seriously? The market for flowers has been a big surprise to me. Another thing I've learned is that the people who buy flowers tend to be really sweet people."
Allan credits a Northern Opportunities for Business program with allowing her to get her market garden started.
Kaloc, who loves draft horses, used his Percherons to break ground for the flower bed.
"I like to do as much work as possible with the horses but no, we have no plans to give up our tractor," he added.
Much of the pasture land on the Rocklin property has grown over through the years but that makes it a good place for raising highland cattle.
"James has done some clearing, but it suits highland cattle because they are good grazers and will chew the alders down and return it to good pasture land," said Allan.
Once they are settled at one location, they expect life will be simpler and the garden will also benefit.
"I've lost some plants to insects and while there will always be some losses you just have to accept, I think I'd have been faster with the insecticidal soap if I'd been on site fulltime."
Right now, she is hoping her sweet peas and zinnias, which seem to be a bit late, will soon burst into bloom and she will have a good crop of fall flowers.
"I hope to get back to the farmers' market soon. It is a really supportive environment and I've had great customers in the past."
One, in particular, comes to mind.
"I was selling regularly to an older woman who had a garden but had to give it up when she moved into an apartment. She told me I gave her back her garden and that just made me so happy."
Rosalie MacEachern is a Stellarton resident and freelance writer. She seeks out people who work behind the scenes on hobbies or jobs that they love the most. If you know someone you think she should profile in an upcoming article, she can be reached at email@example.com.
Jul 26, 2018
Jeff Mitton: Elaborate elephant's heads flowers require buzz pollination
New Mexico to Alaska and throughout Canada, except for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. They were first described from Greenland, where they are found in one or a few tiny populations.
The common name elephant's heads aptly describes the shape of the flowers. Each has a bulbous, silvery head, flared and draping ears and a curving trunk held high. Inflorescences are columns composed of dozens of flowers. A plant may have one or many inflorescences and attain a height of 30 inches.
Their unusual flower shape has attracted the attention of pollination biologists, who discovered that this species is an obligate outcrosser, incapable of self-pollination. In Colorado, the primary pollinators are at least seven species of bumble bees in the genus Bombus. Advertisement
Pollination biologists described specific bumble bee behaviors and floral morphology that convincingly suggest a long-term pattern of coevolution between bees and flowers. The flower has two lateral petals that suggest ears, and a median lower petal. Two upper petals are fused dorsally but not ventrally to form a galea (the elephant's domed forehead) with a rostral extension (the elephant's trunk).
The style, or female portion of the flower, extends through the trunk so that the stigma, which receives pollen, protrudes from the end of the trunk. The four anthers are hidden in the galea and they shed pollen through a small ventral opening at the base of the elephant's trunk.
How does the bee coax pollen from the anthers, which are inside the galea, or the elephant's head? It lands on the trunk, with its antennae reaching toward the galea. It then uses its mandibles to grasp the median ridge on the forehead, while pulling the lateral petals (ears) with its anterior legs. This brings the rostrum (trunk) beneath th... Jul 6, 2018
Our Town: Solar flower power more than a cute art installation
Calgary. It's been a long time coming.Daniel Armstrong saw his first roof panel as a kid growing up in Nova Scotia. "Our neighbours put one on their camp out in the sticks where we had no electricity," he says. "My dad was a science teacher so he explained it to me-I just thought it was the coolest thing, that they could generate their own energy." Thirty years later, Armstrong's passion for renewable energy hasn't waned and, three years ago, he shifted his siding business into a full-time solar-installation operation. This week alone, he'll power up homes in Auburn Bay and Springbank and over the course of the summer he and his crew will install systems in churches, schools and homes around the province.For all sorts of convoluted reasons we're not up to unpacking here, Canada is way behind, globally speaking, when it comes to capturing solar power. Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, China and the U.S. harness the sun to a degree that Canada hasn't yet come close to. To boot, Alberta, despite being the sunniest place in the country, is a laggard nationally. If you ask Armstrong, however, he'll tell you that's about to change-and fast.RelatedBusiness is booming for his company, Longday Solar, and, he says, for other local specialists. "We're the new hub for solar," he says. "Calgary has the most sun after Medicine Hat, and people are starting to realize that if you want it, now's the time."Indeed, there are currently several provincial incentives on offer (solar.efficiencyalberta. Jan 12, 2018
CAROLINE CAMERON: What to buy the gardeners in your life
N.S., which utilizes a network of local farmers to maintain and produce heritage varieties and unusual vegetables and flowers. A quick google for Nova Scotia seeds also showed Halifax Seed Company, Annapolis Seeds and the Incredible Seed Company. Speaking of Googling, you can always google ‘gifts for gardeners’ and find lots of ideas there.Other useful gifts? I am always wearing out gardening gloves - the thin ones with a rubber grip work best for me, and I can’t get enough good socks (wool or smartwool), since gardening is hard on them. Gardening knee pads have been a godsend to me, and I love to have a few big baskets for harvest, beautiful flower pots for the doorstep, and of course, a really good wheel barrow is an essential.If you’re shopping for children, it’s great to give gifts like seed kits, gardening tools or books on growing, because they encourage a hobby that promotes exercise and healthy eating.A gift certificate for a garden designer/consultant, or garden helper is good for winter planning and spring cleanup, or to help with a specific project. My favourite idea was shared with me by a friend - she gets a load of manure from her husband every year. There’s a few ways you could interpret that, but don’t worry - the serious gardener knows that it’s worth its weight in gold!Caroline Cameron lives in Strathlorne, Inverness County. She offers gardening and guiding services around Cape Breton Island. She welcomes your gardening comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook at Nature/Nurture Gardening & Hiking. (Cape Breton Post)Jul 27, 2017
Isabella 'Sissy' Hoblitzell, homemaker, gardener and dowser
She enjoyed spending summers at Half Moon, a family home in Chester, Nova Scotia, where she planned beach picnics, searched for sea glass, sailed and photographed sunsets.She was also a member of the Mount Vernon Club, and the Chester Yacht Club and Chester Golf Club, both in Nova Scotia.She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills, where graveside services are private.A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, 30 Greenspring Valley Road, Owings Mills.In addition to her husband of 62 years, a retired Poor, Bowen, Bartlett and Kennedy Inc. executive, and her son, Mrs. Hoblitzell is survived by another son, Peter A. B. Hoblitzell III of Owings Mills; two daughters, Julianna S. Tompkins of Myersville and Alexandra H. Heintz of Manchester, Vt.; three sisters, Virginia "Boopsie" Smart of Indianapolis, Mary Dixon "Dieky" Peers of Sanibel Island, Fla., and Elizabeth "Libby" Hill of Villanova, Pa.; and eight email@example.com... (Baltimore Sun)