I wouldn’t dare jinx us by saying that maybe we are having a mild winter this year…so I won’t say it! Many people are enjoying typical mid-winter blooms in the Cape – witch hazel, winter jasmine, hellebores and I have to admit, there a few unexpected signs of bulbs popping up! They may be crocus, I can’t remember but I’m excited anyway! There is something lovely about the winter landscape; it reminds us that things are resting and gearing up for the coming season of growth and expansion. If only ALL of us could do that! So keep your eyes peeled for those flashes of color that signify blooms or birds; they are all out there! Birds are still nibbling on seeds from plants that died off in late fall. Insects are gestating in the stems of some of those plants. “To everything, there is a season.”
So, our January meeting was fun (speaking of busy!) with people planting seeds in their little plastic former spinach containers. The club supplied the seeds and the growing medium; some members have already seen sprouts! If you garden, you can’t WAIT to see those little sprouts! In a few months, those tender little seedlings may be transplanted into yards and containers and will be full-blown plants before we know itJ
At our February meeting, we will have Claire Jones in to discuss pollinators in the garden. She’ll discuss ways to attract them and why they are important. If you’d like to come and hear her, all are welcome. Our meetings are always the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Cape St Claire Clubhouse.
Also, here’s the big news: our annual Plant Sale will happen in the field near the clubhouse on Saturday May 20. Keep an eye out for more information, but you can be sure we will have plenty of Natives, vegetables and herbs and local plants from our own community. We are all very excited for this event!
Submitted by Jeanne Klingler