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Hellebores blooming late this year in the March garden

Hellebores blooming late this year in March

Mark your calendars: PLANT SALE Saturday May 17th, 9am-2pm

In the grassy field by the clubhouse (where Cape Cleanup is), CSC Rd and Broadview.

We always accept empty plant pots 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 1121 River Bay Road.  Thanks for helping us to reduce and reuse!

Next meetings:  

Tuesday, May 6th, 7pm:  Business meeting, gearing up for April’s potting parties and May’s plant sale.  Members’ preview plant auction.

Saturday, May 17th, 8am-2pm: ANNUAL PLANT SALE, in the grassy field by the Clubhouse, CSC Rd and Broadview.  (Rain date Sunday, May 18th).  NO EARLY BIRDS PLEASE.

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!

 

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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Members sow cold-hardy seeds in translucent containers recycled from their kitchens

Members sow cold-hardy seeds in translucent containers recycled from their kitchens

Delicious cookies, salmon spread, corn-bean salsa, chocolates and nuts, and punch

Delicious cookies, salmon spread, corn-bean salsa, chocolates and nuts, and punch

A variety of cold-hardy seeds

A variety of cold-hardy seeds

At our January meeting, after a short business meeting and nibbling wonderful refreshments provided by three of our members, we adjourned to our Winter Sowing Workshop.  Members punched holes in the tops and bottoms of translucent containers recycled from our kitchens, and added seed-starting soil.  After wetting the soil, members added seeds from a variety flowering perennials and vegetables.  Each member took the boxes home to place in a sunny, outside location – yes, in the cold of winter!  By early February, most of us will have a box of gorgeous green seedlings germinating despite winter’s chill, a much needed promise of spring.

Looks like fun, doesn’t it?  Join us next January for another round of winter sowing!

Winter-sowing means seedlings in January -- outside!

Winter-sowing means seedlings in January — outside!

After searching in vain for a matching donation, the Garden Club voted unanimously at our October meeting to match ourselves the $700 earned in our Rain Barrel Fundraiser, bringing the donation total to $1400.  Early in 2013, Broadneck realtor Mona LaCovey came through with a $1000 matching donation for this fundraiser!  This brings the total to $2400.  The best part is: this entire donation will be doubled yet again by the matching grant Goshen Farm has obtained from the State of Maryland, bringing the total to $4800.  Every dollar you spent became nearly $7 thanks to Mona’s generosity.  We are so grateful to her and to all of you who purchased a rain barrel for your home, and those who loyally shop at our plant sale year after year — your generous support made all this possible!  We are so honored and excited to be a part of Goshen Farm’s devoted efforts to preserve this important historic home and treasured open space right in our own community.

Sharon Biondi, Barb Morgan, and Nicole Neboshynski of Goshen Farm join Carol Collison, Audrey Lengbeyer, Laura Kellman, and Michaela Allen of the Garden Club

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