Slow Food and Sustainability

This weekend I participated in the Annual ‘Slow Food Cycle Tour’ in Agassiz. It is something I definitely recommend doing! You cycle 25 km from one farm to the next and meet farmers, growers, bakers and more and learn to appreciate some of the many sustainable goods that are grown right here in the Valley. The objective of the slow food movement is to defend biodiversity in our food supply, spread taste education and connect producers of excellent foods with co-producers through events and initiatives.” And this is exactly what they are doing!

I’m sure that many of you have heard of the ‘100 mile diet’. In a nutshell, only eat local (within 100 miles). A Vancouver couple decided to challenge themselves to 1 year of eating within this radius of their home which later lead to many followers and their book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating”. The more you delve into this process the more you realize how difficult it would be to stick to it. At Tanglebank we joke about having a  50-Foot diet, because we have so much surrounding us! For example, our huge chefs garden full of vegetables and herbs just 15 feet from our backdoor. Not to mention the fruit trees scattered across the property. Of course this isn’t everything you need to survive but it goes to show how much you can provide for yourself, how self-sustaining you can be. It’s our goal as Brambles Bistro to fill your plates with what is fresh and local.


Brambles Bistro First Annual BBQ

Calling all foodies, grill masters and BBQ sauce connoisseurs (even Vegetarians!) For our FIRST ANNUAL BBQ we are pulling out all the stops! Featuring fresh and innovative flavors and ingredients from our own backyard garden and other local growers.

Saturday August 3rd will be a day you don’t want to miss, our regular bistro will be transformed into a summer outdoor oasis equipped with an entirely new menu! Experience the  fresh summer breeze as you sit in the beautiful surroundings that are Tanglebank Gardens wafting with the distant mouthwatering and irreplaceable smell of the grill.

Brambles First Annual Barbeque Menu

Slow Cooked Pork Side Ribs

Smokey Bramble Berry Barbeque Sauce or Grilled Onion Barbeque Sauce

Grilled Chicken Wings

House Made Barbeque or Hot Sauce

Brambles Sirloin Burger

Corn and Tomato Relish, Dijon-Ale Aioli, Lettuce and Smoked Gouda on a Toasted Pretzel Bun

Remple’s Farmer Sausage, on the Grill

Sauerkraut, Dijon, and Grilled Onion

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Pickled Peach Chutney, Basil Aioli, Red Onion and Fontina Cheese on a Toasted Ciabatta Bun

Foil Wrapped Blueberry Salmon

Salmon Steamed on the Grill with Fresh Onnik’s Blueberries, White Wine, Lemon, Butter and Herbs

Grilled Portabella Mushroom Sandwich

Reduced Balsamic Drizzle, Havarti Cheese, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Pesto Aioli on a Toasted Ciabatta Bun

Chilliwack Corn on the Cobb

Grilled in the Husk

On the Grill Baked Potato

Pick Your Fixin’s, Sour Cream, Chives, Bacon, Butter, Fresh Dill

Scoop of Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Grilled Seasonal Vegetables

Roasted Garlic and Homegrown Herb Marinate

Everything in the Garden Salad

Lettuce, Cucumbers, Peas, Beans, Zucchini and Any Other Vegetables that are Ready to Go!

Your Choice of Brambles Dill Yogurt Dressing or Citrus Herb Vinaigrette

Potato Yam Salad

Grilled Peppers, Brambles Pickled Onions with Smoked Paprika Dressing

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Bean Custard

Fresh Berry Lavender Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Join us on Saturday, August 3rd between 9-4 for some gourmet barbeque eats!

(Reservations only accepted for Seven or more)

DIY Succulent Frame

Click the Link to watch our DIY video ——–> DIY Succulent Frame

Merriam-Webster‘s definition:

a : full of juice : juicy

b : moist and tasty : toothsome <a succulent meal>

c : of a plant : having fleshy tissues that conserve moisture

Just exactly the description I think of! Now most often I criticize or think of a more suitable name for the plants we carry here at Tanglebank but this is perfection- succulent.

Before really thinking about their perfectly suitable name I said to Dana, “they just look so juicy!” Don’t you agree?

I am so excited about this DIY! Because it is going to look very organic on the exterior wall of my home and it is something I’ve been wanting to experiment with  for awhile so I said to my husband, we’re moving in to a new house next week so what better time to do it! On top of packing…. “would you build me a frame for a succulent garden?” Being the best husband, he did and here it is!

It was honestly a really easy DIY and because of my job, it was even easier!

You can use any arrangement of hearty, full sun succulents. Make sure to ask the garden center whether the succulents you choose will be suitable to your climate, most of the truly gorgeous ones (like the photo above – Echevaria) will die off in the winter and you will need to refill the space the following summer. Some examples from this frame are: Sedum ‘Angelina’, Sempervivum or Hens and chicks,  arachnoideum ‘cobweb hen and chick’, ‘more honey’, Saxifraga and  Sedum ‘Capa blanco’.

If you would like to make up a box for a shady spot you can use: Sedum ‘angelina’, Lysimachia nummularia or ‘creeping Jenny’, Liriope muscari, Ophiopogon japonicus or ‘dwarf mondo grass’, ivy’s and viola’s for flower!

Our gorgeous finished product! Now I just have to patiently wait for it to fill in…


Dana’s Plant of the Week : City line Paris Hydrangea

These well-known ball like clusters are famous in ornamental gardens. There are more than 75 varieties in the hydrangeaceae family. They are native to Asia as well as North America. Generally hydrangeas are white in color, but the neat thing about these blossoms is that they change color depending on the soil they grow in. They range from blue, pink, red or purple!

The word hydrangea comes from a Greek word meaning “water vessel” – effectively  because this plant is a thirsty one so get your watering cans ready!

One of the most interesting things about hydrangeas is that you can alter the color of them! Let your inner botanist free! It all has to do with the soil:

Changing to pink:

Plants must not take up Aluminum

Add dolomitic lime several times a year

Use fertilizer with high phosphorus levels

Changing to blue:

Plant must take up Aluminum

Add 1 Tbsp aluminum sulphate per gallon of water

Another way to lower pH is by adding organic matter (coffee grounds, fruit or veggie peels or pine needles)

If the flower is purple-red: the pH is acidic

If the flower is pink-red: the pH is alkaline

Hello Hydrangea! Or should I say Bonjour Hortensia!

City line Paris

What a chic and glamorous name for this bold variety. City line Paris, think of having tea in a Parisian garden. With plates of dainty, pastel macaroons and fresh, flaky croissants and layers upon layers of silky caramel in Mille-Feuille. Of course, surrounded by a garden of hydrangeas.

This particular variety is unique in the fact that is can tolerate full sun-part sun, this intense red to purple mophead with accents of cream and green as it ages is a perfect addition to a small garden or border planting.

With a compact growth habit this hydrangea averages 1-3 feet tall and wide.

Au revoir mes lecteurs fidèles !


Dana’s Plant of the Week: SHASTA DAISIES

I am one of those people with many nicknames, perhaps because my name is difficult to pronounce, remember or read? Or maybe it’s just because people have an instant attachment to me and other things equally cool. Whatever the reason one of my many nicknames at work is ‘Shopgirl’ from the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’. So of course I have to share a quote of my adorable counterpart:

“ I love daisies. They’re so friendly. Don’t you think that daisies are the friendliest flower?”

This friendly cutie came from a man named Luther Burbank. He is famed for having developed the Idaho potato, July Elberta peach, Elephant garlic and the Flaming Gold nectarine just to name a few.

He grew up admiring the wild oxeye daisy that grew near his home in Massachusetts. He purchased 4 acres near Santa Rosa California in 1884 and began his journey to create a perfect daisy, a large stark white flower with a smooth stem that bloomed throughout the whole summer. Sounds pretty good right? It was more difficult than anticipated and took him many seasons of saving seeds and attempting hybrids. He was persistent and determined and finally in 1901 that Burbank presented his perfectly blended flower named after the Northern California’s great snow covered mountain.

He continued to create new varieties of the flower until 1925 and now there have been more than 100 new varieties introduced.

The Shasta Daisy has the most popularity of any hybrid American garden flower.

We carry three types of Shasta daisy at Tanglebank and each has it’s own unique characteristics.


Becky is the tallest variety with single white flowers and a yellow center- the Classic! This variety grows to be 36-41” tall by 24” wide. For better growth and more blooms, divide every 2-3 years.


The Snowcap daisy is great for borders with its single white flower and deep yellow centers. It grows to be 10-14 inches tall.


These large creamy yellow flowers with deep yellow centers are nice in pots and grow to be 15-18” tall by 24” wide.

Dana’s Planting Tips:

Full-Part Sun

Average Soil, moist- well drained.

Make sure to remove dead flowers to push the plant to make more blooms.

Daisies are excellent as a cut flower and attract butterflies.

Water daily in intense heat, such as the sudden summer heatwave we’re experiencing right now. Be sure to water in the cool morning or evening so that you don’t shock the plant

Plant in the spring or fall ideally, but if planting in the summer, plant in the morning or evening when the days heat is gone.

These are great for mass planting and bloom early-late summer.

Peace, Love and Daisy Headbands.

Acacia and Dana