Helen Lang

HELEN LANG: Be prepared for December

Oh, Heavens to Betsy it’s December! It can be a great month, full of lovely surprises.

HELEN LANG: Giving is a two-way street

One month from today we will be mopping up after another Christmas.

Bright, cool weather is a fine change

There has been a definite change in our weather the past couple of days. It’s much colder.

HELEN LANG: Reader mail is always appreciated

I am always so impressed when someone takes the time to write a note.

Helen Lang: Plant corn now for best results

Saanich Peninsula garden columnist offers seasonal advice.

Don’t turn your back on farms

I come to you today as a war horse, an ancient one, but still with smoke puffing out my ears and fire from my nostrils.

HELEN LANG: April bursting with spring’s beauty

It was an open winter, which was great, but spring is spring and there is nothing quite so lovely, or so welcome.

HELEN LANG: Lovely to be spoiled with flowers

Last week was a lovely one for me, lots of flowers, a few in my balcony garden, but lots more as gifts.

HELEN LANG: One way to get a greenhouse

I have the guilty feeling that I should have talked about this a week or so ago

HELEN LANG: Serious garden plans this spring

This year I hope to entice Annie to plant a few Pole beans for me

HELEN LANG: A little bit of paradise here on the Peninsula

Other things you could seed might be broad beans, corn salad, kale, pac choi and radishes.

Good intentions with tulips shot to smithereens

This morning I went with dear friends to breakfast and was delighted to see pansies, snowdrops and tulip greenery

HELEN LANG: From cyberspace to the garden space

I started this a couple of days ago but somehow that column vanished. I’ve heard about cyberspace but don’t know that much about it.

HELEN LANG: Plant tubers hollow side up

I know I’ve mentioned finding that sprouting begonia in the utility room.

As spring nears, thoughts on what to plant abound

This is such a wonderful time of year, all sorts of nice things going on in the garden and a gardener’s blood starts to boil

HELEN LANG: You win some, you lose some in the garden and the house

I wonder if you can imagine my mingled delight and horror when I found a sprouted begonia tuber growing in the dark, in my utility room

I can hardly wait for the next growing season

Today it is sunny with lovely, fat white clouds drifting across the sky.

Dream of a positive 2013

We have survived another mad holiday season and are now into another year. I’m sure we all wonder what 2013 will bring.

HELEN LANG: In between holiday festivities, how about a column?

Probably no one will have time to read this, as it’s Christmas time, so if it is full of spelling mistakes you won’t see them

HELEN LANG: Gardens give way to Christmas

Memories, at this time of year they come crowding in, mingling with the smells of Christmas baking, filling me with nostalgia