So it turns out that cicadas seem not to like our sandy soil – what luck! (Though all my protective tree bags turned out to be a waste of time, ack!) Now why didn’t someone tell me this BEFORE the cicadas came? I suppose we should all save this issue for the next seventeen years so we can remember that we don’t get cicadas in the Cape!
The Garden Club’s 2004 Plant Sale was a huge success. The sun was shining, and the plants were selling. Thanks to all our members who helped out with this very important fundraising event! We started out with lots of perennials from homes around the Cape at bargain prices, including some new varieties, as well as annuals from Country Gardens, and nearly everything sold out. We’d like to thank all who came out to shop – we greatly appreciate your support!
The Garden Club is pleased to announce the June Yard of the Month winners:
- Area I: The Wajbels, 1057 Little Magothy View
- Area II: The McGaugheys, 1318 Swan Drive
- Area III: The Bennetts, 1061 Lake Claire Drive
- Area IV: The Gallaghers, 968 Dogwood Tree
- Area V: The Heinzes, 1390 Greenway
Finally, the Cape St. Claire Garden Club would like to invite all readers to become members of the Garden Club. We are always looking for interested folks to join us. Anyone who would like to learn more about gardening is welcome – you do not have to be a skilled gardener! We meet the 3rd Tuesday each month, at 6:30 pm, and have a lot of fun! This member’s favorite part is getting to know some of the characters who make the Cape the special neighborhood that it is. If you’re interested, send in the form below, and we will add you to our phone tree so you’ll get a reminder call before each meeting.
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
The Garden Club takes the summers off so we can all get dirty in our gardens, but we did meet one last time in June at Chesapeake Native Plant Nursery to learn more about native plantings. Native plants not only survive droughts more readily than non-native plants, they also attract butterflies and other native wildlife. Many of us hope to incorporate some native plantings into our gardens. Interested? Try the internet! The web site http://www.fws.gov/r5cbfo/Nursery.htm has a great list of local native plant nurseries. Or you can visit http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/nativesMD/info.htm for lists of plants native to our region. You can find useful information at www.mdflora.org, the website of The Maryland Native Plant Society.
We are pleased to announce the Yard of the Month winners for the month of July:
- Area I: The Maggios at 1313 Breezeway
- Area II: The Wenrichs at 1135 River Bay Road
- Area III: The Greens at 1191 Hampton Road
- Area IV: Kari Banares at 1196 Summit
- Area V: The Edelscheins at 747 Rolling View
And the winners for the month of August are:
- Area I: The Limbachers, 1015 Park Lane
- Area II: The Stagnaros, 1161 River Bay Road
- Area III: The Deballers, 963 High Point
- Area IV: The Watkins, 1096 Southview
- Area V: The Lewindowskis, 722 Fairway
Congratulations to all of you for keeping such beautiful yards despite the lack of regular rain! Photos of these yards can be seen at www.cscia.org.
In the aftermath of our very busy plant sale this past May, the Garden Club has used up our accumulated collection of pots in which to pot our plants! Our club recycles pots and reuses them for potting up plants from members’ gardens each year for our plant sale. If you have put in plantings recently and have the plastic pots lying around, and were wondering what to do with them, please contact any Garden Club member. (Members, please collect pots from any neighbors, and bring them to Doris Clair’s house.) If you do not know any members, please feel free to phone Doris Clair directly at 410-757-2157. All sizes of pots are welcome, especially those of the 1-gallon size. Thanks for your help and support!
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 21st, starting at 6:30 for socializing and setup, with the meeting starting at 7. Please join us, we’d love to see some new faces! Just show up or send in the membership form below. Anyone who would like to learn more about gardening is welcome – you do not have to be a skilled gardener! We meet the 3rd Tuesday each month, at 6:30 pm, and have a lot of fun! Meetings often include a speaker on gardening topics such as composting, shade gardening, rain gardens, and native plants. Plus, members receive a very generous Garden Club discount each May at Country Gardens, the nursery that provides annuals for our plant sale. This member’s favorite part is getting to know some of the characters who make the Cape the special neighborhood that it is. If you’re interested, send in the form below, and we will add you to our phone tree so you’ll get a reminder call before each meeting.
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer
The mums are in bloom, and we’re getting lots of cool, wet weather. What a great time to be outside and planting. This gardener has received several boxes of plants from various mail order companies and is happily digging each day. Do Cape residents know that there are several camellias hardy to zone 6B? (We are zone 7A.) Camellias are evergreen and produce gorgeous rose-like blooms in either the spring or the fall, depending on the variety. Though southern varieties are fragrant, the cold-hardy varieties, sadly, do not share this trait. But they are beautiful to behold! They flower in pink, red, and white, with single, semi-double, and even formal double blooms. Try http://www.camforest.com/camellia.htm for healthy, vigorous plants and excellent customer service. Or would you rather have herbaceous peonies? They are fragrant, and easy to grow. They die back each winter but are hardy perennials that return year after year and can be divided every five years for more plants. They grow in whites, creams, pinks, and reds. This gardener purchased several roots online and was stunned when the box arrived from Lithuania! Try http://www.peonynursery.com if you’d like your own box!
Now if we can all just get our plantings done before all the leaves fall and require raking!
The Garden Club is happy to announce our October winners for Yard of the Month:
- Area I: not judged this month
- Area II: The Millers, 1045 Broadview
- Area III: The Perrys, 1015 Lake Clair
- Area IV: The Pawlikowskis, 976 Dogwood Tree
- Area V: The Christensens, 1309 Seabright Court
This marks the end of our judging for this year. We’ll start again in April next year.
The Garden Club will meet twice in November, once for our regular meeting and once for our annual wreath-making, where we combine our evergreen cuttings to decorate wreaths for display on State Circle. In December we will have our annual Holiday dinner, potluck style. It’s not too late to join us! Please phone Catherine Salam at 410-757-0898 or Kitty Donovan at 410-757-1475 if you’d like to participate, and they’ll have all the details for you!
Submitted by Audrey Lengbeyer