Archive for October, 2019

By Gail K
At the close of our last meeting-we toured each of the defined gardens we care for @ the extension.
With the issues identified & a project list was created- directing our efforts so to complete the list before winter. Follow along as I try to show you our progress.

On the western edge of the Children’s Garden-it was determined we should remove the oval herb garden–the brick path and replace it with grass………(# secondary goal- decrease & make easier, the work load on our dwindling & aging membership).

Finished project–look closely, some grass seed did germinate. Concern- this area gets a lot of dumped snow from the parking lot.

Heading to the Memory Garden:
The Anemones must go!!! So out they came– will wait to do anything more in this area until spring; any roots missed will begin to re-sprout and we will be able to tackle them again.

Since they are so beautiful when in bloom; it was decided to not totally rid the gardens of them but instead move them so they could be better appreciated and not so intrusive. They now have a new home in the far northwest roadside garden.

There were plenty left over to share-

Going south along the front lawn-the next area to tackle is to remove the raggedy Cottoneaster bushes and trim up the Pine tree.

Now they can mow right up and under, and the pine needles will provide a natural mulch………what a difference!! Note in the back along the bldg. no bushes……..they were removed by the county.
Next up–removing undergrowth from around the Beautyberry Bush.

Perennial Bed just some light plant pruning–the geraniums are so pretty. My photo did not do justice.

The entry garden-what a difference 1 week can make!! Everything trimmed, ready to rest for winter so we can enjoy another show come spring.

The next large tackle was the junipers which line the entire front entry of the building. Instead of removing as they did in the front yard….we will trim up as they anchor the front gardens and soften the walls of the building.

It sure smelled good when we did this. Check them out when you come to the next meeting-let us know what
you think.

That brings us back to the infamous northeast fenced area–again, the ivy has encroached in just about every direction but up. Below is a pic of just a small amount of the ivy overgrowth that was removed and at this time;

More work is needed in the area outside Children’s Garden (Rose of Sharon need major thinning). The paths not even visible & totally entangled in vines.Trying to clean the area found Naida & I tripping over 2 stumps.I returned with a chain saw and removed but discussion needs to follow. What could provide the same purpose (??), but safer for foot travel by both the young and old & easier to maintain–
Note to self: never in my garden.

Along the north fence we tackled the Jerusalem Artichoke.

It had to be cut down and Jenny harvested some of the tubers which can be used in your fall cooking dishes.

Another fall project, removal of the wild clematis “Old Man’s Beard” from the fence it hides but it takes a lot of time to remove it.

Last fall, Joan and I spent an entire work session snipping & pulling it from the fence. (another note to self, think twice before planting this) This year, we sprayed it & now we wait; can’t touch anything in that area.

As we finish around the fence, we end in the Butterfly Garden. Timing is everything in this garden due to the multi purpose of the plants for our insect world. ( see bee, butterfly??)

Sorry Stella, other photo even worse….Naida stop chuckling.

That’s all folks!!! It took a couple of visits over a couple of weeks but for the most part, the garden has been tucked in and will soon fall into a deep winter’s sleep– -I will be impatiently waiting for spring.!!!!


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Welcome Back

After a three month hiatus, September 21, 2019 marked the beginning of a new season for the Monroe County Master Gardeners & Horticulture Club. For our first meeting, we were planning to make a short trip to the Woelmer farm where Mr. Woelmer would take us through his BEER HOPS garden. However, Mother Nature prompted Mr. Woelmer to harvest his crop,so we will defer and catch up to this new “FAD” during the next growing season.

Lucky for us,Master Gardener- Bob Bransky, was able to come in and show off his non-gardening talents by playing a song he learned about “volunteeers” during a seminar in Wisconsin.

While munching on the light snacks provided, we sat back, listened and enjoyed Bob’s performance-
It was then time to get back to work; we need to prepare the demo gardens for their long winter sleep; so out to the gardens we went, with Jenny pointing out the needs in each of the garden areas.

Discussion on ground covers

The Children’s garden has been well tended but we need to look at the changes we can make to decrease amount of labor needed to keep all the beds looking their best.

can you name this plant????

Flowers in the children’s garden area


Did someone say Rose of Sharon?? How many are too many?

Walking along the north side of the building, we discussed the shrub row and the need for the anemones in the Memory Garden to be moved-stopping to inspect the 7 Son’s bush, before heading to the front gardens.

Can you see how it got its name?

See the flowers?

In the front garden we noticed all the evergreen shrubs have been removed from the front of the building. This will save much pruning–moving along brought us to the pine tree area. Bag worms a problem in the past
and apparently still are, as Gail found a sack but numbers not as great.

While continuing to inspect the pine tree-Gail came across a cluster of UGH! worms-were these the bag

No these are the larvae of the saw fly-now I have creepy
crawly skin!!!!

Now on the southern end of the front gardens-

Jennie continued to discuss adjustments which could be made, allowing for less maintenance on our end.

Walking along the south side/parking lot gardens

Our Beauty Berry Bush was just that, a real beauty.

The entry garden always puts on a season’s long show!

A clematis in the entry garden; one of my more favorite areas just because of all the blues

We need to check on a favorite in the native shrub row–Paw Paw Tree- this year found it loaded with those big luscious fruits.

Lastly, look at the tall asters in the butterfly garden-

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