If you are like me, you are probably a bit conflicted this time of year.
My summer containers, while looking a bit worn out, are still drawing droves of honey bees and hummingbirds and the thought of ripping everything out and denying these delightful creatures their meals is almost more than I can bear.
Mill Creek Garden Club finished a summer bonanza series of raffles with its final winner last week. Thanks to volunteer Donna Werner who generously put together what I call a “go ahead, make my day” raffle basket.
Our lucky winner was member Gail Fraioli who was thrilled to get that phone call and have the basket delivered to her doorstep.
The Mill Creek Art and Beautification Board met on July 14th to select the 2021 Great Garden Award recipients, and then went to the winner’s homes on August 11th to deliver formal award letters and signs for the winners to place in their yards.
It’s been a more than a few years since most Garden Club members have purchased “back to school” supplies, but when asked by our Board to support Hope Creek Charitable Foundation’s School Supply Drive, shop they did.
This little Northwest mist we just experienced reminds me that this is the time of year when all those little weed seeds that have been lying dormant in our soils suddenly get a notice from Mother Nature that it is time to wake up and start growing.
There are three environmental signals that cause this response…
If you are looking for a shrub for your garden that is drought tolerant, blooms most of the summer, takes full sun, has fragrant flowers that attract pollinators and hummingbirds, is disease free, and is even deer resistant; look no further that the genus Abelia.