I’m shooting out this time-sensitive information on items that may be of interest.
Open Garden and Hosta Sale
Glenda’s Gardens is having an Open Garden and Hosta sale. Glenda and her husband Gene Woggaman are members of the Miami Valley Hosta Society and their lovely home is a paradise to behold.
Hosta Society Bus Trip
The Miami Valley Hosta Society’s annual bus trip is coming up Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, June 23 and features touring gardens in the Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The bus will depart from Miller Lane (North Dayton area) 7 am Saturday and tour four private gardens with a shopping stop at ROMENCE GARDEN CENTER in Portage, Michigan. Sunday’s highlights include touring three private gardens and visit the FREDERICK MEIJER GARDENS AND SCULPTURE PARK (admission and tram ride included) in Grand Rapids, Mich. Afternoon shopping stop at ARROWHEAD ALPINES (Rare Plants for Obsessive Gardeners), Fowlerville, Michigan.
MEMBER COST: $150 double occupancy, $200 single occupancy. NON-MEMBER COST: $175 double occupancy, $225 single occupancy. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 6, 2013. Click REGISTRATION BROCHURE for more info.
Greene County Master Gardeners
“Garden Secrets Made Easy”, sponsored by the Greene County Master Gardeners, will be held June 6 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Xenia Church of the Nazarene (1204 W. Second St., Xenia OH 45385). Speakers will include: Pam Bennett, “Top Performing, Low Maintenance Annuals”; Dr. Laura Deeter, “Garden Design and Garden Maintenance” and Susan Liechty “Not Your Grandma’s Herb Garden. Advance registration is $40 ($35 for Master Gardeners) and includes lunch. A full registration brochure can be found HERE.
Porterbrook’s Final Native Plant Sale
Sadly I report that the PORTERBROOK NATIVE PLANTS will be closing in 2013. Their 13th and final Open House will be held May 26 through June 9 located in southeast Ohio in Racine, Ohio (Meigs County). Racine is about a 3 hour scenic drive from the south Dayton area. Dr. Porter has been a convention speaker and vendor for The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and has been ethically collecting seed from native plants in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia to propagate at the nursery since 1995. All of the plants are organically grown. There will be a wide selection of native grasses and sedges, as well as a limited supply of our American chestnut tree.
The Miami Valley/Dayton, Ohio area is well known for many things. Think: Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Charles F. Kettering, the Wright Brothers, Mike Sells Potato Chips, Marion’s Pizza and so much more. We are also known as the Birthplace of Aviation much to the consternation of North Carolinians….. Those of us who weren’t smart enough to leave the area also know it as Sinus Valley.
This is pollen on my poor Toro – not a fancy new paint job.
The photo above is what my mower looked like after mowing only the HALF of my .4 of an acre here in Washington Township. I felt like Charlie Brown’s friend Pig Pen going around the yard. I’m not sure if my White Ash (Fraxinus americana) is going into overdrive in pollen production what with the imminent Emerald Ash Borer invasion and all. Maybe it is mad that I planted a 6′ Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera) at its feet in anticipation of its removal when it gets the dreaded disease….
The business end of the Ash tree flowers.
My only salvation will be a constant supply of sinus meds for the time being. For a change, I’m crossing my fingers for rain.
KNOLLWOOD GARDEN CENTER: April 25-28, 20th annual Impatiens and Begonia sale. $12.99/flat.
GRANDMA’S GARDEN CENTER: Now through April 28, Spring Perennial Party, all quart-size and larger pots 25% off. Fri-Sun: Impatiens and begonia flats are $11.99.
MIAMI VALLEY HOSTA SOCIETY ANNUAL PLANT AUCTION: Tuesday, May 14, Polen Farm (5099 Bigger Road, Kettering OH 45440. Preview starts at 6 pm.
Be sure to check the EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES tab at the top for other area activities.
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) – you may be related to my beloved brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower – but I LIKE YOU NOT! You are just as hated as the obnoxious Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) which I successfully eradicated from my yard last year. So there! You just think you can wander into our lands and choke out and out-compete our native plants and wildflowers with your aggressive growing manners. Well some of us have had it and we’re not going to take it any more. In fact, YOU are now on the hit list.
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm and Five Rivers MetroParks are working together to remove garlic mustard at Aullwood Garden MetroPark, the fomer home of Marie Aull. Marie was known as the Dayton (OH) area’s beloved naturalist and conservationist. In 1956 the gift of her land to the Audubon Society resulted in the creation of the Midwest’s first nature center, Aullwood Center and Farm. In 1977 her home and gardens were given to what is now known as Five Rivers MetroParks. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 105.
As in other areas of our state, invasives plants are overtaking the land. Garlic Mustard and Lesser Celandine (formerly Ranunculas ficaria now known as Ficaria verna) are running rampant. Ohio’s Former First Lady Hope Taft is asking for help.
On Tuesday, May 21, volunteers are needed for a BIG PULL. Learn how you can help research the best methods to remove garlic mustard, lesser celandine and other non-native invasives. There will be two work shifts. The first shift runs 9:30 am to noon, the second shift runs from 1-3:00 pm. Pack a lunch. Bonus: volunteers will get a special tour of Marie Aull’s home! Cookies and water will be provided.
The group is also looking for about 20 people to ‘adopt a plot’ and monitor (look at it and take a photo of it and describe what you see) what happens in it about 3 times over the growing season.
Marie Aull’s home
For more information or to register for The BIG Pull, please contact Hope Taft, firstname.lastname@example.org, (937) 848-2993 with your name, address, email and phone number and garden club. Last day to register is May 14.
Mrs. Taft is also available to give a short presentation on this topic and the value of removing invasive species for a club meeting.
Be sure to visit the EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES tab at the top of the page.
Brugmansia blooms – the business end.
I have a perfume factory in my family room. The fragrance? Brugmansia. LOTS and LOTS of Brugmansia. It is also known as Angel’s Trumpet. This 7-foot tree like plant was one of the last plants I brought in from outside for the winter. It proceeded to thank me for saving its tender tropical life by dropping its leaves. Five to ten a day. You can hear them: plop, plop, plop.
Just when the plant looked its worst, it started to bloom. Five blooms opened Sunday night – ten more opened last night. Five more are expected tonight. Twenty glorious flowers – and they are spectacular – over a foot long, including the scape. Brugmansias are in the Solanacea plant family as are the potatoes and nightshades. Native to tropical South America regions it relies on pollinating moths who are allured by its overpowering scent which kicks into high gear in the early evening. I can even smell them upstairs! Thank goodness it is a pleasant scent.
Gardening author in town
Wegerzyn Auditorium (1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton OH) is the place to be this coming Sunday, October 21 from 2-4 pm when Stephanie Cohen will share, “Native Plants with Bling!” Join popular garden lecturer and writer Stephanie Cohen for a discussion about selecting and incorporating the best of native plants in your garden to add sparkle and bling.
Native plants are sustainable, good for wildlife and the environment, and some have even become superstars in the perennial plant industry. Unfortunately, some native plants also have a reputation for looking weedy, boring or out of control and not being a good choice for the home garden. Au contraire – gardening with native plants will benefit the native insects and wildlife, save time and money, conserve water AND look great all at the same time.
Stephanie has taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for over 20 years. She was the founder and director of the Landscape Arboretum at Temple University. She is a contributing editor for “Fine Gardening” and The HGTV Newsletter and her recent books include Fallscaping: Extending your Garden Season into Autumn and The NonStop Garden.
Call (937) 277-6545 to register. Event is free and all are welcome!
The 2012 Montgomery County Fair Flower Show wrapped up its second and final flower show held during the run of fair in Dayton, Ohio. The Garden Club Federation of Dayton and Vicinity would like to thank all those who helped make it a success – especially considering the difficult drought this summer.
BEST OF SHOW AWARDS
Best of Show – Section 1 (Roses): John Adams
Best of Show – Section 2-6 (All Other Cut Specimens): John Adams
- Best of Show – Section 7 (Container-Grown Plants): Dale Rodgers
Best of Show – Section 8 Cacti/Succulents: John Adams
Best of Show – Section 9 (Junior Horticulture): Michelle Keck
Best of Show – Section 12 (Adult Artistic): Joni Duncan
Best of Show – Section 14 (Junior Artistic): Lilly Svisco
Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Horticulture: Jan Vomacka
Green Thumb Award – Adult Horticulture (for Cultural Perfection from Sections 1-6): Jan Vomacka
Container Growers Award – Adult Horticulture (for Cultural Perfection From Sections 7-8): Barbara Warner
Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Artistic: Babs Sabick
Green Thumb Award – Junior Horticulture (Horticultural Excellence of a Junior Exhibit): Ben Zink
The 160th Montgomery County Fair (Dayton, OH) is now underway running August 29-September 3, 2012. The Garden Club Federation of Dayton and Vicinity (‘like’ us on Facebook) produces two flower shows during the run of the fair. The first flower show was held Wednesday, August 29 and the winners are noted below. Reminder to exhibitors: the first show entries will be released at 5 pm, Friday, August 31.
Anyone who is a Federation member or is a resident of Butler, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble or Warren Counties is eligible to enter these flower shows. Entries for the second show on Saturday, September 1, will be accepted from 6-9 pm, August 31 and 7-9 am, September 1. There are no entry fees and no premiums will be given. You’ll just win beautiful ribbons, maybe some big rosettes and be the envy of your green (and brown) thumbed friends. Check out the complete flower show schedule and exhibitor rules HERE. The second show entries will be released at 5 pm, Monday, September 3. We hope to see you there!
BEST OF SHOW AWARDS
Best of Show – Section 1 (Roses): Ed Marrinan
Best of Show – Sections 2-6 (All Other Cut Specimens): Jean Beecher
Best of Show – Section 7 (Container Grown Plants): Caralynn Appenzeller
Best of Show – Section 8 (cacti/succulents): Nancy Denlinger
Best of Show – Section 9 (Junior Horticulture): Grace Hansford, age 6
Best of Show – Section 10 (Artistic Special Class): Joni Duncan
Best of Show – Section 11 (Adult Artistic): Louise Bennett
Best of Show – Section 13 (Junior Artistic): Rachel Dalyrmple
Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Horticulture: Marcia Heil
Green Thumb Award – Adult Horticulture (for Horticultural Excellence in Sections 1-6): Caralynn Appenzeller
Container Grower Award – Adult Horticulture (for Cultural Perfection in Sections 7-8): John Adams
Judge’s Award of Distinction – Adult Artistic: Babs Sabick
Green Thumb Award – Junior Horticulture (for horticultural excellence from Section 9): Rebekah Hansford, age 13
My garden club – the Here & There Garden Club (affiliated with The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Inc.) – is having a special Open Meeting, 7 pm, Tuesday, August 7. 2012 at Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren (800 E. David Rd., Kettering OH 45429). Our guest speaker is club member Louise Bennett. Her program “The Beauty of Nature” will feature Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) designs of the Ohara school style.
Louise is is an Associate First Degree Master (10th Level) of Ohara School of Ikebana and a member of the North American Ohara Teachers Association. The event is free and open to the public.
When I was a young girl, I collected insects. Mostly the pretty ones; butterflies, moths and the like. I had the killing jars, the mounting boards and, thanks to my high school science teacher Mr. Orr, I had professional insect mounting pins – not my mom’s short stubby sewing pins. I had a great time foraging the woods and fields in my discovery quests. I loved to freak out my friends by placing a couple of empty cicada shells on my clothes – or for greater impact – on my friends! I was in seventh heaven when I took my entomology class in college.
While tending to the ‘back 40′ last week I discovered an unusual sight: a newly emerged cicada nymph crawling on the ground. Bug geek that I am, I gave it a bit of help and placed it on a vertical surface to assist the molting process. I knew I was about to witness some cool stuff – the emergence of a dog-day cicada (Tibicen spp.).
If you want to skip the background on a cicada’s life-cycle, proceed to the photos below. A dog-day cicada starts its life when a mated female slices into a twig with her ovipositor and deposits her eggs. Newly hatched nymphs will drop to the ground and spend the next 2-5 years underground dining on root juices. Yum! (For comparison, the famous periodic cicada broods spend 13 or 17 years underground, depending on the species. Remember 2004?) They are very capable diggers and spend much of their life 1-8 feet down under chillin’ out. Lately, I’ve seen quite a few of the 1/2″ wide exit holes so the dog days of summer must be here. Under one hosta alone, I noted 8 empty shell cases.
Bold Jumper spider (Phidippus audax)
With the exception of the beloved children’s book Charlotte’s Web, the mere thought or surprise presence of a spider evokes fear in most of us. Where does this fear come from? If we were more informed, that fear might (ok, maybe not for all of us) be replaced with respect.
Spiders are scientifically classified as arachnids (Class Arachnida). They differ from insects (Class Insecta) in several key ways. Primarily, insects have three body sections (head, abdomen and thorax) and six legs. Spiders have two body sections (cephalothorax and abdomen) and eight legs. The front part is a combination of the head and thorax – hence the name cephalothorax. This part usually bears four pairs of eyes, four pairs of walking legs, a pair of smaller leg-like palps at the front. The spinnerets, which secrete the silk web strands, are located at the rear of the abdomen.
I have always found jumping spiders to be quite comical and easy-going. Sort of a spider version of a teddy bear. The accompanying photo is a close up one of the many species of jumping spiders found in Ohio: the Bold Jumper (Phipippus audax). Bold jumpers are very active and have a cute way of facing AND approaching any movement – even me! While trying to get a close up, this specimen would lift its forelegs and try to touch the camera. It even tried jumping on for a ride. The act of jumping toward you should not be perceived as an act of aggression; they rarely bite unless handled roughly. They spin no web but rather stalk their prey. They do, however, put down a silk dragline wherever they go as a sort of safety line in case of a fall.
The Greene County Master Gardeners are offering the program, “All About Herbs” from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Xenia Church of the Nazarene (1204 E. Second St., Xenia OH 45385 ). Speakers and topics include: “Edible Gardening: Herbs, Vegetables Fruits and More” by Debra Knapke, Garden Designer, Lecturer, Author, Teacher; “Cooking With Herbs” by Candace Rinke, owner of The Hawthorn Grill in Kettering; ” Herbs and Container Gardening” by Susan Tyree, Meadowview Growers; “Herbs – Learn, Explore, Grow” by Susan Liechty, Delaware County Master Gardener; and “Herb Garden Design” by Cindy Hill, Greene County Master Gardener. Click HERE for the registration brochure.