Members of the Chester Garden Club are gearing up for their annual Gardener’s Sale, to be held on May 30th at the former Chester Train Station. The public is invited to check out the wide variety of plants and garden accessories that will be available on site. For more information, click on the link to the Gardener’s Sale.
This year, something extra is being offered. The poster provides a view of the wooden deck chair that has been hand-painted by a local artist and that will be raffled off this summer. The scenic representation of “Gardens by the Sea” makes the chair a collector’s item. Raffle tickets will be available at the Gardener’s Sale, and from members throughout the month of June. The draw will take place at the Club’s annual Flower Show and Tea, to be held at the Chester Legion on July 9th.
Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the costs of maintaining the two gardens in the village for which the Club has responsibility.
Oops! What a difference a day makes (or in this case, a week or so!). Apparently, the guest speaker whose topic was “herbs” has had to bow out of the line-up for May and will be replaced by a different speaker on a different topic. Unfortunately, your blogger didn’t get the memo.
The meeting date, May 18, remains as advertised but the new topic will be Planting for the Birds, and our speaker will be Brenda Hiltz, an experienced gardener with a talent for attracting birds to her garden. My apologies for the misleading information in an earlier post.
Spring weather has brought forth beautiful blossoms on trees and shrubs in the Chester area. The star magnolia above had undergone severe pruning by a house painter last summer but has managed to put forth a glorious array of blooms this spring, even if, the white tepals appear to be clusters of new snow!
Although most gardeners in rural Nova Scotia are familiar with the dietary habits of white-tailed deer (croccuses, tulips, eunonymous and yews), some deer in the Chester area have expanded their culinary regimes. This spring, their favourite salads have included day lilies, bearded iris and even hyacinths.
A common feature of gardens in our area is the chic “square tip” leaf that is seen on selected spring-flowering bulbs. In the photo below, note the exact line of the cut made at the growing tip of many the spears on this clump of iris. Our deer aren’t slackers when it comes to precision work!
We welcome photos showing the pruning techniques of deer in your area as well as any gardening tips which we can pass on to followers of the blog. This week we have two tips submitted by members of the CGC.
First, when planning a new garden bed, remember to consider the amount of sun and shade it willl receive, the size of the flowerbed you can maintain and, of course, the height and the colours of the plants you want to grow.
Second, for those with established gardens that include large clumps of perennials, remember that summer-flowering perennials can be divided as soon as growth appears in the spring.
Sounds as though we can start right away (as soon as we spray an anti-deer potion around the beds!)