Dawn’s Blog

Posted on: March 17, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The First Green

The first official day of spring is next week, though those of us that live in Alberta know true spring with reliably above freezing temperatures and hopefully the last of the winter season’s snow, may not actually arrive until May. Despite this gloomy thought there is reason to rekindle hope …

Posted on: March 7, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Everything Goes With PB (Paper Birch)!

Today I have decided to talk about Paper Birch. It’s native to Alberta and what an amazing tree! It might be shorter lived than many other tree species (30-100 years or so!), but during its shorter existence it makes quite an impact. It is one of the first to recolonize …

Posted on: March 3, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Processing Amadou Tinder

Since we are still buried in snow here, I figured what better topic than fire starter using Horse Hoof Fungus. This fungus is readily available in the Rosenthal Woods even in the dead of winter and once you prepare it, it’s a great portable fire starter (known as Amadou) – …

Posted on: February 26, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

What’s Sprouting

As we approach spring many of the seeds we have been stratifying are now starting to sprout. What a feeling to see all that time and effort spent soaking, scarifying, chilling, covering etc. finally come to fruition! So far we have Ginkgo Biloba, Paper Birch, King’s Spear, Wintergreen, Beebalm, Catnip, …

Posted on: February 24, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

1st Paper Birch Germinating!

As many of our natives require special conditions to germinate like stratification (a period of cold) or scarification (removing part of the seed coat by nicking or sandpapering), it is always exciting when we see the first seedlings come up. We thought we would make it more interesting by sharing …

Posted on: February 13, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Wintergreen Germinating!

Such tiny seed takes a long time to grow to any size but it’s always a good feeling to see little green sprouts popping up everywhere in the germ trays.

Posted on: January 15, 2018 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Giant Hyssop Germinating!

One of the easier natives to germinate, but still a nice feeling to see little babies appearing in the germ trays.