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Coleus and Butterfly weed in the June Garden

Coleus and Butterfly weed in the June Garden

Thank you, neighbors, for all your support at our very well-attended plant sale!

It’s MOSQUITO SEASON!  Read all about reducing their breeding spots and remind your neighbors too!

We always accept empty plant pots, red solo cups, and *plastic* venetian mini-blinds to cut up for plant tags for use in our plant sale.  Please drop either anytime in the driveway at 970 Woodland Circle.  Thanks for helping us to reduce and reuse!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 7pm: meetings resume after the summer break

Tuesday, October 7th, 7pm: Seed and Cutting Exchange — Bring in cuttings of your favorite coleus, begonia, sweet potato vine, blood leaf, etc. and/or seeds like four o’clocks, moneyplant, columbine, dame’s rocket, hyacinth bean vine, moonflower, etc.  Don’t worry if you don’t have any to share — come anyway and help us by taking some home for your garden!

Sunday, October 26th, 6pm:  Our annual potluck Harvest Dinner with our Yard of the Month winners as our guests.

Tuesday, November 11th, 7pm:  Flower arranging workshop, with cuttings of flowers and foliage from our members’ gardens.  Go home with a pretty floral centerpiece for your dinner table.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 7pm:  Members will continue our annual tradition and create 2 evergreen wreaths for display at Lawyers Mall in downtown Annapolis, and possibly more for display at our clubhouse.  Members will cut a variety of evergreens from their yards Monday, soak ***submerged*** in water overnight, and bring to the meeting on Tuesday, along with their garden gloves, and pruners.  Also members can bring a $5 wrapped gift for our usual boisterous gift exchange.  (Please note: evergreens that are useful include spruce, yew, cypress, boxwood, arborvitae, juniper.  Please do not bring: holly, euonymus, pine, magnolia — these leaves are too big, too prickly, too sappy, or wilt too easily.  Thank you!)

All meetings are held in the Clubhouse meeting room unless otherwise noted.  Questions?  Phone Laura at 410-349-3390 or email flokell@verizon.net.  New faces always welcome!

 

We had such lovely weather for our Secret Garden Tours, when we visited four beautiful gardens in the Cape.  Perhaps you’ve already noticed and admired this hillside garden — what a transformation from a challenging blank slate into a attention-catching beauty.  Many thanks to Laura Kellman, who arranged these lovely tours, and to our hosts, who graciously opened their gardens to our footfalls.  We are so grateful to you all for the wonderful day together, surrounded by such luscious colors and textures of your flowers, fruits, and foliage.

Our club members on our Secret Garden Tours

Our club members on our Secret Garden Tours

Spiky blue flowers: Erygium

Spiky blue flowers: Erygium

Colorful flowers, gorgeous texture

Colorful flowers, gorgeous texture

See how gorgeous a hillside can become!

See how gorgeous a hillside can become!

Here we are in a truly secret magical oasis,  full of hidden treasures

Here we are in a truly secret magical oasis,
full of hidden treasures

 

Start drooling, folks, because we have some serious beauties lined up this year for you to take home to your garden.   Hardy perennials for sun or shade, herbs, tomatoes, and vegetables, and colorful annuals await you!

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 8am-2pm in the field at Cape St Claire Road and Broadview, next to the Cape Clubhouse at 1223 River Bay Road.  Just follow the signs along Cape St Claire Road to guide you in.  Rain date Sunday May 18th.  NO EARLY BIRDS PLEASE!

We’ll have lots of experienced gardeners on hand to answer all your questions.  We’ll also be giving away bags of compost for your planting holes and mosquito dunks for your rain barrels.  Come beautify your garden, learn about plants and soil, and help raise funds for our club, all in the same day — thanks for your support year after year, neighbors!

Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

 

Salvia 'East Friesland'

Salvia ‘East Friesland’

 

Gaillardia 'Mesa Peach'

Gaillardia ‘Mesa Peach’

 

Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' NATIVE

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ NATIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liatris spicana NATIVE

Liatris spicana NATIVE

 

Butterfly weed NATIVE

Butterfly weed NATIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coreopsis 'Cosmic Eye'

Coreopsis ‘Cosmic Eye’

 

Spigeilia marilandica NATIVE

Spigeilia marilandica NATIVE

 

Sedum 'Autumn Charm'

Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’

 

Butterbur (the plant, not the baby!)

Butterbur (the plant, not the baby!)

 

 

Celandine

Celandine

All the members work together to make little mixed bundles of evergreens

All the members work together to make little mixed bundles of evergreens

Amidst singing and happy chatter, the members of the Garden Club teamed up to create 5 evergreen wreaths, made from cuttings from our gardens.  Afterward, we snacked from the abundant buffet and had a white elephant gift exchange, with much laughter as gifts changed hands many times.  We all left filled with the holiday spirit!

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The bundles are pinned to straw wreaths and garnished with a bow. Two will be hung in downtown Annapolis, and the remaining three at the clubhouse.

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Happy holidays from the Cape St Claire Garden Club!

 

What a fun time we all had, marveling at the gorgeous mums and asters from everyone’s gardens.  In addition to flowers, members brought foliage, berries, and seed heads from their gardens.   We each took a wet block if the floral foam, provided by the club, and went to work.  Thank you to all the members who shared cuttings from their gardens!

Members use flowers, foliage, berries, and seed heads to create floral centerpieces

Members use flowers, foliage, berries, and seed heads to create floral centerpieces

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Learning about growing eating and wine grapes, right here in Cape!

Learning about growing eating and wine grapes, right here in Cape!

Club members admire the asparagus, tomatoes, baby pecan trees, and a beautiful view
Club members admire the asparagus, tomatoes, baby pecan trees, and a beautiful view

A beautiful hydrangea catches our eyes
A beautiful hydrangea catches our eyes

Cape living at its best: gorgeous gardens and water access all around!
Cape living at its best: gorgeous gardens and water access all around!

This Yard of the Month winner's yard: BEFORE...
This Yard of the Month winner’s yard: BEFORE…

And after 20 years of loving attention -- so inspiring!
… and AFTER 20 years of loving attention — so inspiring!

How fortunate we were to be invited to visit these 3 beautiful gardens.  Thriving, healthy edibles, rain gardens full of native plants, and luscious curved beds inspired us!  Afterward we shared a delicious potluck lunch poolside.  Thank you to all our host gardens for a lovely and informative tour!

Cooling off at last.

Cooling off at last.

Eringium 'Big Blue'

Eringium ‘Big Blue’

See and buy these beauties on Saturday, May 18th, 8am-2pm in the grassy area across from Graul’s.  Eat your eyes out here all you want, but NO EARLY BIRDS!

FOR SUN…

Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' (Native)

Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’ (Native)

Phlox 'Katherine' for a sunny garden (Native)

Phlox ‘Katherine’ for a sunny garden (Native)

Sedum Lime Zinger, tiny but gorgeous!

Sedum Lime Zinger, tiny but gorgeous!

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Helenium ‘Canary’ (Native) sports bright yellow daisies

Alstroemeria 'Tangerine Tango' is hardy!

Alstroemeria ‘Tangerine Tango’ is hardy!

Chelone 'Hot Lips' loves a moist spot

Chelone ‘Hot Lips’ (Native) loves a moist spot

Dracocephalum 'Blue Dragon'

Dracocephalum ‘Blue Dragon’

And FOR SHADE…

Actaea pachypoda (Native), common name bugbane, has fantastical white berries after it flowers

Actaea pachypoda (Native), common name bugbane, has fantastical white berries after it flowers

The mighty Royal Fern Osmunda regalia (Native) grows 4-6' high in time!

The mighty Royal Fern Osmunda regalia (Native) grows 4-6′ high in time!

Delphinium exaltum (Native) is 4' of bold blue for your shade garden

Delphinium exaltum (Native) is 4′ of bold blue for your shade garden

Tiarella 'Elizabeth Oliver' (Native) has pale pink blooms in spring

Tiarella ‘Elizabeth Oliver’ (Native) has pale pink blooms in spring


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