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February Guerilla Gardener

February is the month known for love.
While most people are hoping for a Valentine card or some flowers, there are some gardeners out there that are still old school, eagerly standing by the mail box waiting for the seed catalogs to arrive. Then there are the Internet savvy gardeners who simply cannot wait and will be found impatiently surfing the internet looking for seeds, information or gardening ideas online. Either way everybody wants a love garden (or loves a garden) and if you are a guerilla gardener your always looking for new ideas. How do you know you’re if a guerilla gardener for sure?

You Might be a Guerilla Gardener If:

-You plant anything you want, where ever you want, and think that “totally out of control” should be considered as an acceptable type of gardening style.

-You have been known to pocket seeds from various public parks and gardens and have a couple of Ziploc bags on hand for just such an occasion.

-You have been known to commit random acts of gardening on properties that don’t belong to you!

-You know 101 ways to kill a slug – and take great delight on days when there is an exceptionally large body count.

-You know how many bags of fertilizer your car can hold and you are now thinking that this type of crap could make a nice Valentine’s Day present.

-You can amuse yourself for more than an hour with a hose in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

-You think there are only two rules for composting-stop throwing that stuff away and pile it up somewhere.

-You believe that a weed is just an unloved flower-it’s your story and you stick to it. Especially when they run out of roses on Valentine ’s Day at your local flower shop.

You also might be a guerilla gardener if you love gardening so much that every spring you and your friends (a.k.a. accomplices) drive 45 minutes to a large commercial greenhouse (possibly firing seed bombs out the window on the way), fill an 8 ft pick-up truck full, including the front of the cab so that you can barely see out the front window and then head to another greenhouse, just in case they have something that you REALLY want.

And finally

As a Guerilla Gardener you believe that if a plant turns out to be unreliable, refuses to behave as advertised, or starts falling down all over the place, you rip it out, fling it onto the compost heap and let it die a slow lingering death while rushing off to find a replacement. After all there is no room in the “love garden” for plants with ugly dispositions. Note-some accomplices have even said that the same thing holds true for ex-husbands but in all honesty I cannot comment on that as there may be implications.
So this Valentine’s Day I suggest you plan and plant your own love garden to decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone else to bring you flowers. Or better yet, go all guerilla gardener and show some love combined with your own brand of Horticultural Therapy by unexpectedly planting some seeds in someone’s garden when they are not looking!

Brenda Dyck
Brenda Dyck
A Guerilla Gardener on an Adventure!

February Guerilla Gardener
Calorie Free Chocolates Please!

For millions of people, the two most popular gifts they will receive for Valentine’s Day are chocolates and flowers. As a Guerilla Gardener and self admitted Chocoholic, my research has proved it is possible to have both by planting a Chocolate Garden.
It’s hard to believe that there are plants that are actually supposed to be brown (at last I have an excuse!) and even harder to believe that some of them actually smell like chocolate, however while surfing the internet I came across a company called the Chocolate Flower Farm.
The whole idea is based around a garden with the colors and aromas of chocolate and permits you to get your chocolate fix without it going straight to your hips! For those that don’t like to garden but have a hardcore chocolate addiction they also carry all natural chocolate infused bath and body products, gourmet specialty chocolate food items, chocolate scented candles and too many other chocolate items to list. Best of all this company ships to Canada!
If you decide that you are going to have a calorie free Valentine’s Day by creating a Chocolate Garden here are a few suggestions on what to plant:

Chocolate Daisies (Berlandiera lyrata) are said to be the most “chocolaty” smelling of all the chocolate scented plants. The intense chocolate scent of this flower would make it a must for planting along walkways and under windows and are most impressive when planted in groups. A night bloomer, the flowers offer up their cocoa scent in the morning and drop their daisy-like petals each day as the temperature rises. The flowers are a beautiful bright yellow with a stripe of red on the back of each petal and if left to dry the remaining seed pods can be used for dried flower arrangements.

Chocolate Cosmos have deep burgundy flowers that smell like rich dark chocolate and extend their chocolate aroma late into the afternoon. As a hardcore Chocoholic I would be tempted to pair them up with Chocolate Daisies, which release their scent in the morning for an all day chocolate aroma. As a Guerilla Gardener I also find them appealing as they are easy to harvest seeds for making seed bombs!

Chocolate Lily (Arthropodium strictum) has a wonderful chocolate scent with pink blooms. Make sure to check the Latin name on the chocolate lily you plan to buy. DO NOT buy chocolate lilies with the Latin names Fritillaria biflora or Fritillaria camschatcensis. These species are named for their chocolate-brown colored flowers and not for their chocolate scent. Planting for color would be fine except these chocolate varieties have such a horrible smell they are also known as skunk lilies, dirty diaper lilies and outhouse lilies. Definitely not something I would want in my chocolate garden!

Chocolate Scented Orchid (Oncidium Sharry Baby) makes a perfect Valentine’s gift for enjoying the rich cocoa aroma indoors. Very easy to grow and it’s not too picky about its growing conditions. Place it on a tray of pebbles with water underneath for humidity, occasionally spray it and let the soil dry out between watering.

Chocolate Soldier Columbine has unusual maroon-brown flowers over a low mound of ferny light-green foliage with a sweet fragrance.  Excellent for cutting and well known to be a Guerilla Garden favorite for harvesting seeds.

Chocolate Beauty Sweet Bell Peppers – sweet bell peppers that are a gorgeous chocolate brown color.

Chocolate Cherry Tomato -tastes like a cherry tomato, but looks like it’s molded out of chocolate.

 “Kissed by Chocolate” Delphinium –large white blooms with subtle brushes of chocolate. Very unusual!

Chocolate Sunflower – rich chocolate-burgundy petals surrounding dark chocolate centers. This is a favorite of children and birds everywhere!

Chocolate Nasturtium –mahogany color blooms and edible too! It doesn’t taste like chocolate, but adds a “peppery” taste to salads. These also tend to re-seed themselves and have prolific seed out put for any seed bombing project you may have in mind.

These are only a few of the calorie free options available.
Use Google and type in “chocolate flowers/plants/seeds” in the search bar, look through those seed catalogs that are piling up by the couch, or go to your local garden center and hunt down some chocolate plants or seeds to create your own chocolate garden.

Hint – Chocolate plants make a unique Valentine’s gift for any Guerrilla Gardener and who’s to say you shouldn’t give it to yourself!