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I was asked to further explain Goodsearch and Goodshop to the group:
Goodsearch is a search engine where non-profit organizations can raise money for their group. Each time you use this search engine, the MCMGA will receive 1 cent. Doesn’t sound like much but it adds up quickly.
Goodshop is part of goodsearch. Here you can get coupons and order online. Various percentages are given to the selected organization from the vendor you purchase from. Here is a site you can visit for some FAQs:
https://www.goodsearch.com/faq

Go to the following link and you will be able to sign up for Goodsearch:
https://www.goodsearch.com/

You will see this page. If you have already signed up then you would want to “Log In” and choose Monroe County Master Gardener Association as your cause(If you have not already done that). You can save this site to your favorites or to your task bar so that it is convenient when you need to search something. If you are not yet signed up; then you can do so by using the SIGN UP button (upper right corner)…it will also give you a search area to choose your cause during the sign up process. Just type Monroe County Master Gardener Association.

Once signed up you can search and or shop. When you choose a site that participates a pop up will show in the upper right hand screen. It looks like this:

You need to press the Activate Donation button so any donation will when come to the organization. This does not cost you anything and no fee or charge is added to your purchase. Notice in the first photo for the sign up at the bottom of the page they have a few participants advertising the amount that they will donate. So if you shop online, you will find many that donate to the organization. Also, you will also note that gumdrop notifies you on how many coupons are available for you to save as well. It’s a win win!

So let your searches and purchases work for the organization. It costs nothing, but the donations will allow us to continue great programs….HAPPY SEARCHING!!!

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Gail sends us these photos and remarks:
Prior to the mtg. Master Gardener Bob Bransky sold his prized
heirloom tomato plants and some native plant seedlings.

Speaker Advanced Master Gardener & long time Monroe County member Carol Koesel
spoke to the group on bulbs-covering everything from tulips & daffs to irises and grape hyacinth………
then we toured our gardens.
Want to send out a thank you to these Master Gardeners. Carol we wish you all the best in your
retirement. We will surely miss you being an active member in our group.

Here the mixed group of master gardeners and horticulture club members listen as Jennie leads them thru the various areas of the gardens.


More picture to follow next Photo Friday

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If you wished to know added information on the Lavender Farm located on Plank Rd in Milan area, here is a link to their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/LavenderLaneMi/

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Gail has sent the following information and photos to share:

2 week event—-Green Ribbon Initiative–Ohio Metroparks
On May 5, 2018–Connie V. and I attended–
A post prescribed burn- tour of the Oak Savannah at Oak Openings Park.

Yes, I questioned why I would want to go see such a display but I will tell you, it was packed with information. Our Park Ranger was very well versed and it truly was a learning experience.

As we left the shelter and playground area we headed up into the area which was home for huge giant Oaks. Throughout this area are various paths- color coded so you know where you are going
or where you came from and what type of travel is allowed (walk, horse, bike, etc)

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The area has its natural ups (Oak Highlands)& downs and criss crossed with water features. An abandoned railroad line is one feature in this park. Working in partnership with land conservation groups, they map and identify specific plants, or animals which are present. You see painted turtles–they are hoping they will soon have a population of the blanding turtle which is endangered.

Showing the principles of the burning technique Skunk cabbage was a predominant vegetative growth. The lesson here is if you see it is a wet and mucky habitat and you would do best to steer clear or tread lightly…….

The reason for this particular burn is to kill off all the undesirable trees (Maples, Cottonwoods) which would eventually crowd out and prevent new Oaks from growing. See the vast size of this forest; truly a remarkable blessing for the Ohio Metroparks– much preserved in this unique habitat–found no where else in the continental USA–the “Oak Openings” region. It encompasses Ohio and SE Michigan.

The varied & unique geological make up of this area provides a vast diversity in habitat for a variety of plants & other living creatures.

A fern coming back after the burn

A woodpecker has selected this tree

A tree that caught fire, they put out and left it stand as it too will
provide habitat to some of the animals found in the park.

Take the time to study the Oak Opening story, visit its parks-some are being
created here in Michigan. The goal is to preserve a “green ribbon” within the Oak
Openings-creating connectivity– a natural pathway for movement within this area to
protect the plants and animals who need this unique habitat to survive.

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Mystery Plant

A friend asked me to identify this flower. At first I thought maybe some type of primrose. But I don’t think so.
Can anyone identify it? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it before…but it’s pretty.

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Photo Friday

With no other photos to share, I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to in my garden. Sometimes life takes a turn and you just can’t do certain things, and you let them go. This was the case for my pond. This year I made it my goal. I’m pleased with the results:

I started with digging up a couple of pines that were overgrown for the area. I potted them for my first attempts at bonsai. The first attempt ay need to grow out some….well, maybe a lot, so it looks better.

I added lights for evening interest under it.

So then, a second attempt. This one was so overgrown. Although there was an abundance of cutting to discard, it turned out much better.

In this photo. you will also see an Alocasia, allium, an ostrich fern (just opening) a Lemony Lace Elderberry in the red pot, and a Windmill Palm. The Lemony Lace Elderberry has been potted for about 3 years. It certainly has help to control it’s growth, unlike the black lace I have in my front yard. It’s about 6 feet tall now…Lots of pruning to be done on it. Here’s the evening view:

After two years of not working nor being cleaned, it wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated to get everything running again.

waterfall makes the fish happy


Overall I’m pleased with the results, although I’m thinking I need to thin out some allium.

What’s next to do: clean out some beds, plant some roses for my English garden, and eliminate my overgrown Wisteria. Hoping my arbor is not too contorted from that vine.

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Photo Friday

Those BIG BOLD BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS that come in May:
I wanted to share with a side by side comparison of the three types of peonies in my yard. These are some great blooms and I will share photos I have in my library as well. These will include the deciduous tree peony, the herbaceous peony that we are very familiar with, and the hybrid Itoh peony.


The shrub of tree peony fully bloomed in pink

Close-up of the bloom

Unusual tree peony with bi-color and solid on same shrub

Close-up of bi-color

Deep rose tone tree peony

Close up of same

The Itoh peony in bloom. The name of this is “Kopper Kettle”.

Itoh peony “Kopper Kettle”[caption id="attachment_7334" align="alignnone" width="500"] Those darn ants! This is an issue you don’t find on an Itoh or tree peony. The other advantage of the Itoh and tree is that when it rains the stems don’t droop. However sometimes if the bloom is aged the petals will fall.

This peony just showed up…it grew from seeds of a tree peony which was pink. Certainly it was a grafted tree peony.

A closer look

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“Bartzella Yellow” Itoh Peony


I also have a pink Itoh peony in my front yard but no photo. Here are some herbaceous peony photos:

This one is called “Peony Sorbet”

Next week I will share the other May blooming plants you can rely on. Hope you enjoyed these.
Linda

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