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Start Planning now for Spring Planting

With the Spring Equinox nearing, planning now will give you the joy you desire not just this season but the beautiful perennial flower bed will be with you for years to come.

Planting perennial flowers means that they’ll be a food source for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators for years. Here are some great pics for your flower beds.


There are many, many varieties of aster to choose from. The star-shaped flowers come in purples, pinks, and whites and often bloom in the fall, making it a great nectar source when many springtime flowers have stopped blooming.

Cranesbill Geranium

This is not the neon-bright geranium your grandma used to grow. Cranesbill geraniums are delicate looking, low-growing perennial flowers that attract bees with their pink and purple blooms.


Also known as coneflower, you might be more familiar with Echinacea as a health supplement. Turns out, that supplement is made from this plant that sports gorgeous pink flowers that attract bees.


You know it for its fragrance; bees love it for the flowers. The flowers differ in shape from variety to variety, but all are attractive to honey bees. Lavender is also considered a culinary herb and can be used to flavour some of your kitchen creations.


While humans are generally more interested in the leaves of mint, the flowers are desirable to bees.

Mint can be invasive, though — be sure to plant it in an area where it can run rampant or in a pot where it will remain contained.


Commonly known as Bee Balm, Monarda is a member of the mint family. In addition to attracting pollinators to your garden, Monarda can be used to flavor drinks and is used medicinally. There are both annual and perennial varieties of bee balm and many different types of flowers that attract bees.


There are both annual and perennial varieties of salvia. They’re all great for attracting bees, but if you choose a perennial variety you’ll enjoy the benefits for many seasons.


This low growing perennial attracts pollinators with purple or pink flowers that seem to float above the leaves on long stems. They’re a great cut flower, too — just be sure to leave some for the bees and butterflies.


You know this as a go-to herb in your spice cupboard, but the small flowers on thyme are very attractive to bees. Thyme grows low; try the variety “Mother of Thyme” for a great ground cover that will make the bees happy and be useful to you as well. Basil is another herb that really attracts bees. 


Buckwheat is not a perennial; in fact, it’s a very fast to bloom annual that’s kaput in just a couple of months. But if you want to attract bees to your yard in a hurry, it is highly recommended that you add it to your repertoire.

NEXT: annuals that please – watch for it – Denis P. (519) 577-8181,

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A cooler Market for February – Credits to the Government’s new rules

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (Mar 5, 2018) –– In February, the 377 residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR), were an increase of 40 per cent compared to last month and a decrease of 20.5 per cent compared to home sales a year ago. A typical February compared to the ten-year average.

The median price of all residential properties sold last month was practically on par with February of last year at $436,143, and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 4.8 per cent to $524,000.

The average days it took to sell a home in February was 22 days, compared to 18 days in February 2017.

Not all is the same for properties to know what yours’s is worth, I can provide you with a comprehensive or short market valuation. Contact me, Denis Pellerin at or by phone at (519) 577-8181.

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Thinking Spring??

On a beautiful day like today are you thinking Spring? Well perhaps not but perhaps in a week or two you may wish to beginning planning for a flower garden that will attract honey bees. Below is a tidbit of information. I will be suggestion flowers that you may consider for your “Bee a Pollinator” garden.

A bee is said to make three journeys in order to bring one drop of nectar to the hive; 25,000 foraging trips are said to be necessary to gather the raw material for one pound of honey.

A honeybee will visit 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip, and a hive of bees will fly 90,000 miles to collect 1 kg of honey. During the average worker bee’s lifetime, she will produce only about 1/12th teaspoon of honey and it takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bees’ flight around the world.

Give the bees a hand by planting flowers, trees and bushes that will make these trips easier, and provide all the nectar they need to create a thriving, healthy, productive hive.

Some flowers produce more nectar than others, others are great honey flowers, and some just intoxicate the bees. Choose a variety of plants that flower at different times so there is always a snack available when bees are out and about.

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And we grow

I hope you like this read – D. Pellerin–80-million-development-expected-to-boost-kitchener-downtown-s-east-end/

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Sales were somewhat sluggish, perhaps due to the January cold but, VALUES are up compared to Jan 2017.

The averages are:

Single detached home, a typical price of $554,857 an increase of 10.7%,

an apartment style condominium was $246,821 up 4%,

Townhomes sold for a middling of $371,095 up 14.5% and semis $388,974 up 9.7%.

Wish to know what yours is worth? Contact me at

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KWAR REALTORS® Distribute $18,000 in Donations to Local Charities

Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® recently presented donations totaling just over $18,000 to three local charities.

Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region, House of Friendship, and YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo have each received $6,111 as a result of their successful grant applications to the REALTORS Care Foundation (RCF).

“Our members are proud to support the RCF through the Every Realtor campaign,” says Tony Schmidt, President of KWAR. “RCF funds shelter-related charities across Ontario. KWAR’s participation ensures that investments are being directed right back into our community through local charities. Every one of these charities is helping to improve the quality of life in Waterloo region, and it’s very gratifying for us to help these great local organizations reach their goals.”

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What’s all the BZZZZZ about?

Kitchener the 7th Bee City in Ontario committed to providing a healthy environment for people and pollinators!

And with Spring just around the corner, is it time to think spring, the birds and the bees?

Some exciting initiatives are taking place in Kitchener, including a 2018 project at Huron Natural Area that will see eight hectares of meadow habitat restored and enhanced with plantings of forbs, grasses and shrubs to support native pollinators

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NEW – details, reports and more

Follow the link and receive no obligation no charge info for sellers, buyers, those looking for tidbits on the Waterloo Region or a no cost property valuation.

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Bank of Canada raising rates

here is the link to the article. Contact me ASAP to see how you can maneuver this increase.