Pulmonaria Trevi Fountain

Is it just me or is nobody planting Pulmonaria in there Garden? This beautiful perennial has been around for what seems forever and I usually see it planted in older gardens but for some reason I seldom see it in newer ones. With todays newer varieties there’s no reason not to plant these. Trevi Fountain is probably my favorite. It’s Cobalt Blue flowers will brighten any cool moist shady spot in your Garden. This perennial is both deer and disease proof. The flowers will last up to two months and the leaves are attractive enough to stand out even when not in flower. Pulmonaria like the morning sun best and pair beautifully with ferns,large leaved Hosta and Hydrangea.

Brambles Bistro

In September 2011 after seven years of wondering if it ever would come into being Tanglebank started construction on it’s newest venture Brambles Bistro. This will be a great addition to our nursery and Gardens. There will be seating for 30 guests,new washrooms ( yea,no more porta potty! ) and the current Gift Store will move into this new 3400 sq. ft. addition. Daughter number two Chef Kayla with her culinary expertise will be in charge of the Bistro. Opening date is set for Spring 2012. We will post more details as construction progresses.

Hydrange aspera ‘Macrophlla’

Summer time is Hydrangea time and nothing says look at me like Hydrangea aspera ‘Macrophylla’. Everything about this shrub commands attention, from it’s felted leaves which can grow up to 10 inches long  to it’s impressive height of 8 to 12′ and is equally as wide. The flattened blooms are 6 to 8″ across. To top it off the tan reddish bark peels from the trunk which adds to the beauty of this shrub,especially in the winter months. If you have the room this Hydrangea is a must have.


Here’s a North American wild flower that I had forgot I had planted. I was walking thru the garden and it was screaming look at me. Dodecatheon or Shooting Stars blooms May thru June and grows 1′ to 2′ in sun to part shade in good draining soil. This plant typically goes summer dormant. A real jewel for the spring Garden.

Angelica sylvestris ‘Vicars Mead’

A number of years ago I discovered this wonderful plant on a trip to Heronswood Nursery in Washington State. At that time ‘Vicars Mead’ was not available in our area. I found a small specialty grower who was growing it and now we have made it available in our Garden Centre. Angelica ‘Vicars Mead’ is a fully hardy biennial that grows up to1.4 m Small umbells of pale creamy white flowers appear in summer in it’s second year of growth. The foliage and stems are a deep purple/maroon. ‘Vicars Mead’ is suitable for growing in moist soil, Bog, Heavy clay, Alkaline and Acidic soil in full to part sun. It also adds a wonderful vertical accent to your garden.

Belarina Primula

Beautiful double Belarina primula have arrived at the nursery. The Belarinas have large full double fragrant flowers hardy to zone 5. Great early season colour. Use them in containers,window boxes or enjoy them as a houseplant. Once the flowers fade plant them in the garden as they are a true perennial.

In the Garden

Nothing signals better that spring is close by than Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ or Witch Hazel. By the end of December you can begin to see the clear yellow flowers starting to bloom and when January hits it just explodes. I’m always amazed how this happens year after year like clock work. ‘Arnold Promise’ grows to a height of 12′ to 15′ high and 12′ to 15′ wide. It enjoys a moist well drained acidic to neutral soil in full to partial sun. The flowers have a sweet spicy fragrance that continue on until March. This is a must have small tree/shrub that I wouldn’t be without.

Brambles Bistro

Duck Breast Crostini with Pomegranate & Hot Pepper Jelly

½ a baguette –  slice into ¼” slices.  Lay on a tray and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Bake at 350F for 5-7minutes or until toasted and slightly golden brown.

1 cup cream cheese

1 round boursin cheese

3 Duck breasts (can substitute your choice of meat)

1 ½ cup maple syrup

3 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

Zest of one orange

1 cup orange juice

Salt and pepper, enough to be sprinkled on top of duck breasts

Pomegranate and Chilli Jelly – Available at Tanglebank Gardens

Mix cream cheese and boursin cheese together and set aside.

Score the skin on the duck breasts, to make diamond patterns.  Place in a deep dish.

Put the zest, orange juice, maple syrup, star anise, cinnamon sticks, pepper, and salt over top

of the duck breasts. Marinate over night.

To cook duck breasts, put a frying pan over low heat and place duck breasts skin side down until the skin

Is a nice golden brown colour, 5-8 minutes.  Once seared, place duck breasts, skin side up on a sheet pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Slice the duck into thin pieces.  Put aside.

Lay out the crostini on a tray and spread the cream cheese mixture on top.  Place the slice of duck breast on top.

Top with the pomegranate jelly. Garnish with thyme leaves and orange zest.

Tanglebank Christmas Store

The Christmas Season seems to sneak up on us faster every year, time does fly when you’re having fun. The Christmas Store at Tanglebank is open for another Holiday Season and it’s full of gorgeous and tasty treats for you or your friends. One of the collectables you’re very excited about is INGE-GLAS of Germany. Since 1597 the Muller-Blech family of glass-blowers has been creating mouth blown hand painted glassware. In 1850 the glass-blowing evolved into the glass Christmas ornaments we know today. The Star Crown cap, trademarked in 1985, is your guarantee that your piece is an authentic INGE-GLAS ornament. For more information and history of INGE-GLAS go to www.inge-glas.com  The Christmas Store is open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5pm. Sunday 12:00 to 4pm.

“Quilts at Tanglebank Gardens”

Saturday September 11th 10am-4pm Designer’s Quilt Show. Meet and talk to the Designers! Dougal Ann Walker of “The Freckles Collection”,Susan J Jensen of “Quilted Escapes”, Pippa Moore of “Kitambaa Designs” and Cheryl Wall of “Country Quilts” will be here to talk and show there beautiful work and designs. Lots of gorgeous quilts. Books,patterns and kits,fabric and wool. Tea,coffee and goodies plus prize draws. Come spend the day with us in the country,walk thru the beautiful gardens and view the designer’s quilts on display.