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Ena d’Ambrumenil and the Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall was brightened with lush plants and bright flowers Saturday morning October 1, during Pitt Meadows Garden Club’s annual fundraiser.
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Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall was brightened with lush plants and bright flowers Saturday morning October 1, during Pitt Meadows Garden Club’s annual fundraiser.

The sale raised $750 for the club, which will be used for an expert speaker to visit the monthly club meeting (every third Monday of the month), to pay rent for the hall, and to help fund an annual garden tour for members.

Also at the sale was Domenica Servedio, a garden club member who talked about canna lillies, and explained that winter serves as the fundamental time to prep the bulbs, before planting them outdoors.

Surrounded by moss in a bucket or pail, the bulbs should be sprayed with water every few days to a week, she said.

Then, come spring, the stem should be cut – with just enough left to stick out of the soil, “so you know where you planted it,” Servedio explained.

With the stem looking up to the sky, each rhizome can be planted about five inches deep into a bed of soil that’s moist, but not too wet (otherwise mold is a risk).

Canna lillies don’t need too much sun, Servedio added, and the size of the bulb will determine how large the flowers and leaves grow. Little up-keep required

For a flower with less maintenance, Servedio suggested the perennial heuchera (pictured right), an outdoor plant that changes colours from green to purple.

The subtle colouring of the leaves “is very relaxing to look at,” she said.

And, “it comes every year so you don’t have to plant anymore.”