As a garden columnist in the Times Colonist, Helen Chesnut weaves stories about friends and neighbours into her descriptions of gardening procedures and favourite ornamental and edible plants. She . . .
Early last autumn, I felt very fortunate as I ambled through the impressive selection of spring-flowering bulbs at a garden centre close to my home. A considerable number of them were marked as new. . .
From my university days, a few vivid memories remain. An interesting course I recall taking was titled Roman Life and Letters. That time being one of youthful frolicking, at one point I’d skipped . . .
The sunny, warm(ish) days beginning to dot the weather landscape are glimpses into balmy days ahead. Meanwhile, the early spring brings its own familiar pleasures. Sheets of crocuses shine in the . . .
Dear Helen: I am using frozen fruit from the garden in desserts these days and am recalling a recipe you once gave using a mascarpone topping over fruit in a baked dessert. Am I right? Do you still. . .
Dear Helen: We have an apple tree that has not been pruned for around eight years. It has many, now woody, upright water sprouts. When is the best time to prune, and how much of the excess growth . . .