Chemainus Communities in Bloom

Putting crushed eggshells to good use

A regular report from Communities in Bloom

Well, it took some time but summer is here.

Keep cool and well hydrated during the heat wave that is now upon us. Celebrate B.C. Day on Monday, Aug. 1, introduced in 1974 to recognize our pioneers. Weeding sessions at the Henry Road traffic circle continue. Come and join us.


Keep deadheading

Keep baskets and planters well fed and watered

Keep water from shrub leaves while hot sun is out

Prune back wisteria

Trim evergreen hedges, including laurel

Remove finished annuals

When cane plants such as raspberries are finished, cut the old canes to the ground

Brush the soil away from the tops of onions to assist in maturity

To toughen trees, shrubs and perennials for winter, stop fertilizing

Cut back stems of pumpkins and trailing winter squash. Make the cut just above the leaf growing beyond the last formed fruit


… the flower of the month is the gladiola, meaning give me a break?

… crushed eggshells mixed into soil around cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower provide the extra calcium they need?

… dahlia flowers are edible?

… a rose bush can drink up to three gallons of water a day when the weather is warm?

… weeds on gravel walks may be destroyed by applying a copious dressing of salt?

… keep the vegetable cooking water – cool and use to water potted patio plants?



Alchemilla comes from the word ‘alchemy’ when used as a herb these plants are believed to bring cures. Species name mollis means soft hairs – the fuzzy covering on the leaves.

Blooms from spring to late summer and prefers partial shade. Provides source of flowers for fresh or dried arrangements.

Height – 30-45 cm Spread 60 cm


If only I could grow green stuff in my garden like I grow in my refrigerator.

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