Some new Photos

Paul, sent me some photos. He has included his native plantings of Milkweed.

Asclepias incarnata (Swanp Milkweed)

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) 2

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) 1

Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) 2

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) 2

Asclepids tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) 1

Last week (while working in Demo Gardens) the Clematis was in bloom and I took some photos:

I have a few I also wanted to share:

This Cone Flower has something in common with me…my middle name. Echinacea Rainbow Marcella… Love the colors!

This is a peach knock out rose

A closer look at the bloom.

My clematis is also in bloom. I wished I knew it’s name. I would love to get another. It blooms from now thru August.

The clematis also looks so nice with the lighter color iris

At the base of the clematis is this daylilly that shares it’s color

Seems I have a lot of purples in bloom. This is the brats on Acanthus mollis ( Bear’s Breeches)

Hosta curly fries along with a miniature rose

Heuchera (coral Bells) This one is Lime Rickey


Battle Creek Tour
A very enjoyable outing in good company; the trip to Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek on Saturday attended by 22 Master Gardeners, new Horticulture club members and family! We carpooled to the park and gardens practically downtown, and met our docent for the planned tour of their “Kaleidoscope” children’s garden area. She was very well-informed, a dedicated volunteer worker in those gardens, which were obviously way understaffed. It was a good lesson for the Monroe volunteers, how a public garden can become too large and ambitious for the number of interested persons to maintain it. Still, we saw some great plants and ideas. We were there at the perfect time to enjoy the way a cloud of purple smoketree shrubs fit below the full-sized, tethered hot-air balloon, and to enjoy perfect spires of self-seeded straw foxglove scattered among shade and sunny flower gardens. Most of us did not know this plant and debated whether it was a small foxglove or tall penstemon. (A knowledgeable gentleman explains on this web page the difference between it and the more common yellow perennial foxglove which also grew in those gardens, and which, he says, are both related to penstemons. http://www.robsplants.com/plants/digitalis.php)

Besides a large display of very imaginative sculptures made by chainsaw from ash trees killed since 2002 by the Emerald Ash Borer, several whimsical garden benches were similarly carved. There were other delightful plants and creative garden layouts, some disappointingly overgrown.

Sprinkles threatening showers limited our explorations of the larger arboretum after the tour with some opting to visit the Kingman Natural History Museum on the site, while others got dampened in the native wildflower garden and the labyrinth. There, in absence of labels, we taught each other to recognize Leadplant and Rattlesnake Master, among others, saving some puzzles to be solved from cell-phone photos later. Many of us had read about Black Swallowwort, the invasive vine in the milkweed family that is poisonous to monarch caterpillars but no one in the group recognized it until we researched it later from Gail’s good photos.

Then we all had great lunches at Clara’s on the river, which is a super restoration of a classic train depot with many historic items going back to the years when the Post and Kellogg cereal families were very notable in the town.

Anyone know if this is purple moor grass?

We were told this was ribbon grass but it’s more likely Variegated Giant Reed grass


Raised beds


I wanted to send a reminder for next months tour to Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. We need at least 10 for our guided tours. Currently I have 5. If you are interested please send me an email or comment on this post. I plan to make a car pool list as soon as possible. You can check the calendar page to see the details. Just to go July and click on the date July 21.

Gail informs me that several people mentioned they couldn’t get further information on the Lavender farm in Milan. Many do not have Facebook accounts. Here is a snip-it from the Facebook page and a link to their website as well.

Link: https://www.lavenderlanemi.com/

Milan Lavender Farm:
Lavender Lane

Photo Friday

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Photo Friday

Gail sends us our Photo Friday:

The Orioles have arrived strutting all their colors

Yummy yummy

I said this one is mine!!!

Red Breasted Grosbeck





And a Snip Snip here and a Snip Snip There…


Photo Friday

Gail sent us some additional photos from our last meeting:

How well did you pay attention as we walked around the gardens. Did you see these features?? Do you
remember where they were at??????

“Master Gardeners” hanging in a tree

Solomon Seal



Flower of native bulb passted around

Star of Bethlehem flower

female Mallard duck

Paw Paw

Lupine…tricked you….photo was taken from Petersburg Game Preserve

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:

Go to the following link and you will be able to sign up for Goodsearch:

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!!!