Peren­ni­als

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Don’t mind but­ter­flies sip­ping on a bit of nec­tar but ner­vous about cater­pil­lars feed­ing on leaves? Any dam­age is usu­ally tem­po­rary. For Liebzeit it’s a badge of hon­our. In ad­di­tion to her gar­den be­ing cer­ti­fied by Fort Whyte Alive and the North Amer­i­can But­ter­fly As­so­ci­a­tion, it has also been cer­ti­fied and reg­is­tered by Monar­chWatch. org as an of­fi­cial monarch waysta­tion. Mar­i­lyn Latta is a St. Vi­tal gar­dener whose peren­nial gar­den has been de­signed with the dis­tinct goal of get­ting the most out of the grow­ing sea­son. She gar­dens for all sea­sons, se­lect­ing plants for a chang­ing pal­ette of colour and blooms. In this way some­thing is hap­pen­ing all the time, she says, but also, pol­li­na­tors can find lots to feed on even in April and May. Latta keeps an in­ven­tory of all of her plants and records their bloom pe­ri­ods. She also as­sesses the chang­ing light pat­terns. This has proven to be an im­por­tant tool in plan­ning her gar­den, re­sult­ing in pleas­ing com­bi­na­tions as well as colour echoes and rep­e­ti­tion through­out for a co­he­sive ef­fect. Latta mulches her beds with wood chips to con­serve mois­ture and uses a wa­ter sol­u­ble fer­til­izer al­though does not fer­til­ize some of her na­tive plants such as bap­tisia. She takes an or­ga­nized ap­proach to gar­den chores; for ex­am­ple,

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