September 2015 Meeting

This meeting has already occurred.

Our next meeting is nearly here. On September 19th we’ll tour Tina and Marc’s gardens and hold our fall plant swap. See member email for address.

The fall plant swap will kick off the meeting at 10:30am – so don’t be late or you may miss out on the best selections!  And remember, this is a “rain or shine,”  outdoor event so please dress accordingly.

Fall Plant Swap  Bring potted divisions and extras from your garden – up to 6-8 per member. All plants should be labelled – if you don’t know your plant’s name, a few words describing its likes & dislikes, height, bloom time & color would be helpful. If possible, dig & pot up your plants at least a week in advance so they look their best for the swap.

Garden Tour  Thank you to members Tina  and Marc for inviting us into their garden for a fall tour. As always, light refreshments will be provided by our group of stalwart volunteers. Though August has been very hot & dry, fall always provides a treat with cooler temperatures and a new cast of garden characters. Tina has provided the following preview of what awaits us on the 19th:

The last of our daylilies and turtleheads are opening now. A heath (heather?) is quietly blooming. The sunflowers are out. Rugosa rose is not doing well, as is the story of other roses, but phlox are still out. The hydrangea is starting to dry out.  Coreopsis is not as big as in the past. Two butterfly bushes, of three, made it to bloom. Still waiting for the second blooming of the white iris. Yarrow still shows color. The cranesbill geranium is not giving a strong second bloom. A few hosta are in bloom and there is a lingering campanula flower or two. Tall dark red dahlias are packed in many spots. Raspberries and tomatoes add color to the vegetable garden. Red twig dogwood, smoke tree, red maple, fruited crabs, and Japanese maple add color interest to the grounds.  Variegated ground cover fights for dominance under a crab apple. The echinacea is holding on.