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Springing Forward with Daylight Saving and What This Means for Your Plants

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Springing Forward with Daylight Saving and What This Means for Your Plants

Get ready to “spring forward” and set your clocks one hour ahead, because while you sleep, daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. This is the rough one where we lose an hour of sleep and the mornings are darker for a while. When our alarm goes off at 7:00 a.m. it’s going to feel like it’s only 6:00 a.m. Yikes! Daylight saving time is meant to maximize the daylight hours we get. It’s effectiveness has been hotly debated over the years, but at the moment, we’re stuck with it here in Ontario. But why do...

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Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

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Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

  We all use it. 95% of Ontarians, infact, according to Stewardship Ontario. We’re talking about the humble Blue Box. Designed in 1977 by Jack McGinnis, shortly after, the world’s first blue box appeared on our streets. His simple idea has become a curbside icon responsible for diverting over 870,000 tonnes of material in Ontario every year.  Here at Oleander, we love our Mama Earth and think it's important to take the extra steps to make sure we keep her happy and healthy. With the recent announcement that the province will be bringing recycling to more communities and expanding the...

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Father's Day

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Father's Day

Old Man, Pops, Daddy-O. Whatever you call him, it’s that time of year when we celebrate fathers, paternal bonds and the positive influence of male figures in our society. Father’s Day gives us the opportunity to express our love and gratitude to all the dads and father-figures out there, and we couldn’t be more thankful! The idea of a special day to honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood was first introduced in the United States. Inspired by the American Mother's Day celebrations, Sonora Smart Dodd planned a day to honor fathers early in the 20th century. The first Father's Day was...

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The Cyclamen - Not Just a Pretty Face!

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The Cyclamen - Not Just a Pretty Face!

  A member of the primrose family, the pretty cyclamen grows around the Mediterranean and is a winter-flowering plant. With delicate silvery-green markings on their heart-shaped leaves, and butterfly-like upswept petals, this unique and beautiful flower adds colour and splendor to the colder months.  The name ‘cyclamen’ is derived from the Greek ‘kuklos’, meaning ‘circle’, probably due to the round tuber from which the leaves, flowers and roots grow. In most species, leaves come up in the fall, grow through the winter, and then die in spring. The plant then becomes dormant through the hot summer and then the cycle...

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Spring Bulbs

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Spring Bulbs

There are piles of snow on the ground and with more to come (UGH!), along with very cold temperatures it’s time to think SPRING! . The good news is we will be saying goodbye to Winter and an official hello to Spring on Wednesday March 20th.  Until we see the tulips and daffodils popping their heads through the soil outside, we’ve got the perfect fix, a beautiful bulb planter! What better way to celebrate the Spring than tulips, hyacinths, crocus and muscari blooming in your home or office? Caring for your bulbs is easy! Place the bulb planter in a...

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