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Amherst, NS

Postby mapleton » Mar 28, 2013 5:20 pm

I am new to this forum, and looking for other gardeners in/around Amherst, Nova Scotia. I am currently near Winnipeg, but will be moving to Amherst area this spring! I am so excited to be moving from a 2b hardiness zone to a 5a!

I gave up on gardening a few years back. We have over 2 acres of lawn, and yard work (and mosquitoes!) became overwhelming. I'm looking forward to buying a large town lot.

Are you in a similar zone? Any good plant suggestions? I'm particularly excited to be able to grow Japanese maple. I just love the colouring!
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Re: Amherst, NS

Postby Puff10 » Apr 02, 2013 1:40 pm

Hi and welcome to the province!Like you, I enjoy living in a zone 5. It widens the possibilities of different perennials growing in our zone. Being in Amherst, you will be close to Moncton,N.B. where they offer quite a good selection of various plants.

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Re: Amherst, NS

Postby Countryboy » Apr 03, 2013 2:47 pm

I'm in a 5 but in ON. Probably the same plants would grow there but, like Remi says, I'd be taking a look around at what the garden supply people recommend.

I do know that a large part of NS grows the most beautiful Blue Hydrangea I've ever seen! :)

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Re: Amherst, NS

Postby mapleton » Apr 03, 2013 6:02 pm

I love hydrangeas! I will have to look for some of those. They are mother's day potted plants in Manitoba - hard to keep in the garden over winter.
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Re: Amherst, NS

Postby CG admin » Apr 04, 2013 10:05 am

I agree that much of what we grow here in Southern Ontario will also work for you. I'd also like to share Niki Jabbour's blog with you: http://yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.ca/

Niki lives and gardens in Halifax, so she's a great resource for garden centres in Nova Scotia and what to grow.
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Re: Amherst, NS

Postby fernleaf » Apr 08, 2013 12:02 pm

What beautiful blue hydrangeas!

To be moving to a different zone than 2b - my dream. Don't blame you for being excited.
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Re: Amherst, NS

Postby Knitwitch » Jun 05, 2013 8:45 am

I'm in New Glasgow which is a 5b zone. Right now my irises are blooming like mad, the lily of the valley is in bloom, the centaurea montana is opening up, lilacs are in full bloom, and my peonies are starting to get colour in the flower buds.... Zone 5 will definitely give you lots of options but we all still push those limits! Hydrangeas do abound in Nova Scotia as do rhododendrons and azaleas. Have fun!
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