King George Hub at the Stations

King George Hub by PCI Group is a landmark, mixed-use development that will further transform the rapidly evolving downtown Surrey. Directly adjacent to the Expo Line’s King George Station and the two proposed light rail train stations connecting Newton and Langley City Centre, King George Hub will provide over 760,000 sq ft of LEED Gold, transit-oriented office, retail space in multiple phases and approximately 1.2 million sq ft of residential space. Residents will enjoy over 20,000 square feet of private indoor and outdoor amenity space, along with direct access to transit and Holland Park across the street.

 

 

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Hensley by Cressey in Burquitlam

Hensley by Cressey is coming to the West Coquitlam neighbourhood. This concrete high rise community is expected to include 272 homes over 35 storeys. The unit mix will include one, two, three bedrooms residences, 2 level skyhomes and townhomes with units ranging in size from 550 to 1410 square feet. The community will be located just south of the Austin Avenue and Westview Street at 430 – 450 Westview Street, which is a block east of North Road and is a short walk to skytrain and transit.

The building will offer an exceptional amenity package including a health club with outdoor pool and covered hot tub, steam, sauna, gym and fitness studio, covered gazebos and fire pit. Not to mention there will be a second Atrium style amenity space at the top of the tower with a lounge and games area. Expect fantastic views in all directions!

 

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October’s Bounty: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day October 2017

What’s that plant?

Visitors asked about two plants at my Open Garden. The first one is readily available at garden centers or online.

Fire Light hydrangea

Fire Light® (Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPFL’) is a much more colorful version of ‘Pee Gee’ hydrangea. It’s hardy to Zone 3.

Hydrangea paniculata is the only type of hydrangea that can be shaped into a tree form. If you’ve seen hydrangeas that look like trees growing in yards in your neighborhood or town, then you know this more colorful version will do fine for you. The other plant visitors asked about is not as easily found.

Angelica gigas

Angelica gigas is a biennial. The first year it just grows leaves. The second year (third year, for me) it sends up an amazing umbel of deep purple flowers that are covered with pollinators.

Sometimes an online specialty nursery will offer it for sale, but I’ve always gotten mine as seedlings from friends or the nearest rock garden society sale. In theory, it will self-sow and produce more seedlings. In practice, this has never happened for me. Perhaps I don’t recognize the seedlings and weed them out. Or perhaps I really don’t have the right conditions. After all, I started with three seedlings, and only one made it to maturity. But I love its dramatic form and deep color, so whenever seedlings come my way, I try again. That’s the fun of gardening!

Plants that start blooming in autumn

We haven’t had a frost yet. I thought this might be a record for my garden, but looking over previous posts in October, I see we didn’t have a frost until this date in 2015–and yes, frost is expected tonight. As I mentioned last year, frost is not the end of the garden. Yet many of the open garden visitors expressed surprise at how much I did have blooming on the last day of September. They just don’t know my special plants and secret techiniques.

heterotheca villosa Ruth Baumgardener

False golden aster (Heterotheca villosa ‘Ruth Baumgardner’) doesn’t even start blooming until mid-September.

Aster tataricus Jindai

‘Jindai’ tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’) is a “dwarf” form at 4 to 5 feet. I’m sure the regular giant plant would never bloom for me, because ‘Jindai’ barely manages to get started before we get frost.

And frost ruins the flowers. Too bad, as it’s winter-hardy to zone 4 (I’ve even seen zone 3). I love the lavender-blue flowers, and it’s a vigorous grower, but I only share this plant with gardeners in warmer climates.

Ruby Mound Chrysanthemum

‘Ruby Mound’ chrysanthemum started blooming in mid-September and is still growing strong. What an amazing color!

Honorine Jobert anemone

Japanese anemones also start blooming in fall. This beauty is ‘Honorine Jobert’.

Helleborus Pink Frost

Oh, look! My ‘Pink Frost’ hellebore (Helleborus x ballardiae ‘COSEH 710’) is blooming! It’s supposed to bloom from February to April, but I won’t tell if you don’t! I got this as an Easter plant at my grocery store.

I’m not surprised it’s blooming now, as it has “Christmas” rose (Helleborus niger) parentage, and my October/November would be late December in Great Britain (where H. niger got its common name).

Plants that bloom again in fall

The secret to having lots of flowers in fall is to deadhead in summer. I’m not a tidy gardener. And since neglecting to deadhead doesn’t kill a plant, if I’m short on time, I’d rather weed or plant a new acquisition. But I’ve learned that deadheading certain plants means more flowers in the fall.

Salvia transylvanica

Romanian sage (Salvia transylvanica) starts blooming in June and will bloom again in the fall if deadheaded.

foxglove

Foxgloves are another plant that will send up new bloom stalks if deadheaded. Make sure you let them seed around before cutting them down.

Flower Carpet Pink Supreme

Flower Carpet roses look spectacular in July. They take a rest and then bloom again in the fall. This is Flower Carpet ‘Pink Supreme’.

I don’t deadhead these thoroughly and I’m pretty sure they would rebloom without deadheading. Maybe they would bloom even more if I cut off every dead flower.

Oso Happy Petit Pink rose

I’m pretty sure this little sweetheart never did stop blooming–and I didn’t deadhead her at all! Meet Oso Easy® Petit Pink (Rosa x ‘ZLEMarianneYoshida’)

Some daylilies will rebloom if you promptly cut out the spent scapes and there are also reblooming bearded irises. Do you know some rebloomers that I didn’t mention?

Annuals that keep on blooming

Let’s face it: a lot of so-called summer annuals don’t really look like much here until September.

White cosmos

Cosmos is one of those. Yes, we get blooms in August, but it doesn’t really come into its own until September.

Mingus Toni dahlia

‘Mingus Toni’ dahlia gets humongous. It’s one of the earliest blooming dahlias I’ve tried and once it gets going it doesn’t stop until frost blackens it.

Sweet alyssum, violas and pansies, golden feverfew, and flowering tobacco are other annuals that bloom in fall and even through the first frosts.

Fall foliage–it’s what defines the season

Every year I talk about colorful foliage in the garden, and you probably have your favorites, too–tell me about them in the comments. I just want to mention a few you might not have considered.

Knautia macedonica Thunder and Lightning

Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lightning’ is no longer blooming, (hmm, maybe I should have been deadheading it?) but its foliage still looks very attractive.

Sugar Shack buttonbush and Lets Dance Rave

Buttonbush (top of photo) is known for its interesting flowers and seedheads. My Sugar Shack® (Cephalanthus occidentalis ‘SMCOSS’) which I got as a sample from Proven Winners hasn’t bloomed (yet), but I love the fall color. Let’s Dance® Rave® (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘SMNHMSIGMA’) is blooming below it.

Want more?

More great ideas for fall color from previous October posts:
Frost Is Not The End
Hello, Frost; Goodbye Plants
Frost Tolerant Flowers
Not Dead Yet
Freeze Aftermath

Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens. Check it out at May Dreams Gardens.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 7 – 13)

This was a disappointing sports week around these parts. On Monday, the Red Sox were oh so close to forcing a deciding game 5 in the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, only to have their bullpen implode and blow a late game lead. This, of course, lead to their second straight opening round loss in the playoffs, and the firing of manager John Farrell. Also on Monday, I took my son to […]

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McIlroy has the Class to Bounce Back

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It would be fair to say that Rory McIlroy has struggled in 2017 as injury and problems on the putting surface have seen him fail to land a worldwide title for the first time since 2008.

For the mere mortal, a record of six top-10 finishes would be considered an excellent return but McIlroy has a talent that most can only dream of and he demands much more of himself.

Expectations have been high ever since the Northern Irishman bounced back from the heartache of blowing a four-shot final-round lead at the 2011 Masters to win the US Open by eight shots just a couple of months later.

He doubled his major tally at the 2012 US PGA Championship before enjoying the best period of his career in 2014 – winning the Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship in succession.

However, that remains the last time that he tasted success in a major and, to a certain extent, the Ryder Cup ace has been a victim of his own success, as fans expect him to win pretty much everything.

The golfing landscape has changed over the past four or five years, with youngsters such as Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and John Rahm now emerging as McIlroy’s equal, while Dustin Johnson has become the world’s best player and seems to challenge for honours nearly every time he tees it up.

McIlroy can hold his own against anyone in the world when on the top of his game and there are still plenty of pundits who feel he is the man to beat when all things are equal but, such is the class on show these days, he can no longer win tournaments unless playing at his very best.

The man from County Down does have two top-10s in the 2017 majors but he has never really threatened to win one and his form over the latter stage of the PGA Tour campaign has been nothing to write home about. This has left some critics questioning whether he can win a major this year.

rory mcillroy golf swing

While Spieth has won three majors by sinking anything in range, McIlroy’s flat stick has been his Achilles heel and a couple of grip changes during the season prove that he is not comfortable.

He can still mix it with the bombers off the tee and his driving accuracy has been superb for lengthy parts of the season, but he has just not been able to put it all together over four rounds.

This has happened before as the 2016 FedEx Cup champion suffered a dip in 2013 before hitting back the following year to reach the top of the rankings.

Having sorted out his personal life back then, McIlroy then went on an incredible run and the hope is, now he is a kept man, the same might happen in 2018.
Like another British sporting icon, Andy Murray, it is clear that the Holywood-born star has not been fully fit this year and trying to compete with the new breed of Americans has proved tough.

But nobody should be writing him off just yet and, after a decent period of rest over the winter, it would surprise nobody to see the world number six back to his best in 2018.

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He is capable of winning many more majors but would probably settle for any success just to prove that there is still plenty left in the tank.

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