By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Almost as certain as a June rain, dragonflies are a sure sign that summer has arrived. They hover and zip around our gardens in search of those pesky mosquitoes, no doubt their version of a takeout meal.
That symbol of summer must have caught the eye of both Julie Jacobson and Pat Nordin as they stepped up to create “Dragonfly De-Light” as the Mill Creek Garden Club July 2020 Raffle Basket Surprise. What’s not to like about extraterrestrial-looking multifaceted eyes and wispy transparent wings!
As mentioned often, volunteers are the backbone of Mill Creek Garden Club and continuing with the board’s summertime program of raffle surprises, Julie and Pat did a great job, along with Kathy Thomas who served as the prime delivery person, complete with camera in hand to get a snapshot of the lucky winner.
Taken completely by surprise was MCGC member Lezlie Popik. It probably made her day like it would for any of us this summer. The color-coordinated “basket” is really a ceramic turquoise blue dish garden containing a crystal rock, ceramic dragonfly, a vase of purple petunias and an orb with stand that lights up with the flip of a switch. De-Lightful!
Garden Club members have also created their own Mill Creek Garden Tour on our members only Facebook page. The garden-loving ladies have been sharing photos of their yards in various stages of bloom throughout the summer. There is even an occasional posting of “do you know the name of this plant?” and most often the question is answered! Everyone misses participating in the real Mill Creek Garden Tour so enjoying an armchair tour helps a bit.
But the Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market will hopefully be a reality next summer and you, too, can look for dragonflies flitting amongst the great gardens—and you will need walking shoes, not an armchair to experience the inspiration, but you’ll have to get your own takeout meal!
Perfect colors for a summer garden, even the dragonfly likes it! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.