Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pizza Ovens!

Pizza is such a comfort food for so many delicious reasons; the cheese, the salt, the bread.  The American Congress declared it a vegetable.  While I’m not sure about that, I am sure that almost everyone I know can agree that pizza is one of their favourite foods.

At home, we make pizza easily 3-4 times a month, usually cooking it in the oven.  Occasionally we’ll try grilling it, on the barbecue, with moderate success.  However, both of us find that the best tasting pizza, that we just can’t replicate at home, is pizza that has been cooked in a wood-fired oven.  Something about the smoky flavouring, just takes an ordinary pizza to delicious new heights.

Obviously then, I am so excited about this pizza oven that we carry:

It is a complete kit, with everything you’ll need to build it, even including work gloves!  I’ve seen how to set it up (we have one displayed in the nursery), and it seems like a great weekend project!

I can’t wait to try it out, and when I do, this will be the pizza I’ll make:

Margherita Pizza:

½ cup crushed San Marzano tomatoes

1 pizza crust

½ cup coarsely grated Parmesan Cheese

3 oz fresh Mozzarella, sliced into disks

5 large, fresh Basil leaves

 

Using the bottom of a ladle. Spread the tomatoes evenly over the surface of the crust, leaving a border along the edge.  Sprinkle the cheese overtop, then distribute the mozzarella and basil on top

Once the oven is heated, bake the pizza for 2 (two!) minutes

Imagine this with tomatoes and basil from your own garden!!

Poinsettias

Every year, in October, many stores begin setting out their Christmas merchandise.  Every year somebody will comment on how early it seems to be getting ready for Christmas.  This catalogue arrived on our doorstep the other morning:

In the plant world, procrastination is not really an option, and since we grow many of our poinsettias, now is the time to begin the preparation for Christmas.  Right now, even as I write this, Becky is ordering our cuttings.  New to us this year is a variety called “white glitter”, very cool!  She’ll begin planting them up in July, and then in November, they’ll be all set to deck your halls!

So while you’ll be enjoying all your annuals and perennials in the bright summer sun, we’ll be thinking about Christmas, and looking forward to seeing you all again!

 

Fairy Gardens

If you have visited our greenhouse this year, you have likely noticed the display of fairy garden necessities and accessories.  Fairy gardening, also known as miniature gardening, is a new and exciting opportunity for gardeners of all ages to plant and decorate a small-scale garden.

Two summers ago, I wanted a rock in our front garden.  Not a big rock, just a medium-sized rock, amongst the perennials.  Once the rock was in place, it looked like a little shelter for something.  After some thought, and some time on Google, and on Pinterest, I discovered fairy gardening.  I found a smallish stump, and some leaves and twigs, and made a little house. I then went on a month-long mission to find an appropriately scaled little creature to live nearby.  The results were cute, but not quite right.  My stump/rock/fairy combination was not quite to scale, but I was satisfied with it as a first effort.

After more experimentation last year, I think that this year’s fairy garden will be my favourite yet.  At Lacoste we’re carrying Fiddlehead Fairy Garden villages and accessories, which will fix my difficulties with scale.  There are houses, and garden tools, and benches, and pathways, and little fairies and gnomes! Along with the accessories, there is also a variety of dwarf annuals which will complete the landscape of the village!

My plan for this year, is to create little vingettes around the yard for the fairies to visit, but I also love the look of the whole village that we have set up in the store!

Have you jumped on the fairy gardening trend? Share your pictures on our Facebook wall!

Tropical Plants

We received a shipment of tropicals in from Florida yesterday, which got me thinking about the whole concept of tropical plants.  When we travel outside of Manitoba, often what strikes me is the difference in plants.  We recently went to a wedding in Hawaii, when we returned and were showing pictures to family, people were struck by what we consider to be smallish houseplants, growing huge, and outside in the ground! There were hedges of bougainvillea, and hibiscus!

When we plant our gardens and planters, even using so-called “traditional” plants (petunias and geraniums for example), I often don’t stop to consider that these plants grow wild in other parts of the world.  While many plants may be arbitrarily classified as tropical, houseplant, bedding plant, or basket-stuffer, when you look beyond those categories, the results can be stunning!

 

Sanseveria, Geraniums, Lobelia, Verbena

Banana plant, Kangaroo Paw, Dahlia, New Guinea Impatiens

Areca Palm with Lotus Vine

Gardenmeister Fuscia, Million Kisses Begonia, Boston Fern, Spider Plant

India Rubber Plant, Spider Plant, and Palm