Bloomers Meeting Notes Hi Bloomers Hope your all enjoying winter months right now, but remember it's only a little while longer before spring is in the air! Get out you garden books and magazines and start planning your new ideas for your gardens. October 18,2017- Succulents, speaker was Strafford county Master Gardener; Jacqueline Brunn. 4 members in attendance for this meeting. she brought several types of succulents for us to plant and bring home. Propagation of succulents, easy to root. well drained potting soil/add sand or fine gravel. Allow the plant to dry out or put right into the soil and it will root itself. Biggest thing to remmeber is not to overwater. It stores water within it's fleshy leaves and is adapted to climates with minimal water. Another suggestion from her was to plant in driftwood with little bit of soil, and to also use glass beads as mulch in pots. Sources for succulents UNH Greenhouse & Conservatory Mountain Crest Gardens.com Halls Ponds Gardens, ME October 21, 2017- Town garden cleanup, 8 members in attendance With the 8 members/husbands we were able to get done in only an hour and a half. Thanks to Jeff also for taking the debris away. October 28, 2017- only one member showed up at the library for cleanup of their gardens. Please consider scheduling in these spring and fall cleanups as it goes by much quicker if we can all do a little. Our November wreath making at Studleys had to be canceled as we did not get enough participation. Joann Pearson had a couple of us over to make wreaths at her place. We all brought greens and berries and wire rings. Her son and his family joined us and we had a wonderful time. December 6, 2017- Bloomers had our annual Holiday gathering at Lynn's house. We had 8 people in attendance. Had a beautiful potluck meal, then did our Yankee Swap which I think everyone was happy with their gifts. Everyone brought donations for the food pantry that Lynn delivered for us. January 20, 2018- We had the first of two sessions class for fairy houses made of pottery with Ruth Caron at Pottery Paddock in Rochester. There were 4 in attendance. Cost was $25 per session. Everyone had a wonderful time working with the clay and each house ended up so cute and all so different. Our last session was on Februrary 1st, to glaze and paint details. February 21, 2018- We will be meeting at the library at 6:30pm for a talk about composting with Roz Mason, master gardener with UNH. Hope to see you there We have some things we are looking into for the coming months, but haven't pinned them down yet. Will email with updates closer to the dates. Till next time enjoy the last of the winter months ahead and "Think Spring" Cindi Harrington


Barrington Bloomers Meeting Notes

May 17,2017 Julie Coleman Nativars/cultivated variety of Native plants 7 members in attendance Julie spoke about different types of plants and the advantages and concerns about Nativars. Advantages: reduces stressors on native wildlife, More resilent to environmental changes, Adds beauty and interest, Provides a buffer in fragmented habitats. Concerns: Genetic variability, Some Nativars may not be as versitile as native, characteristics may disrupt habitat balance Examples of nativars: Clethera Alnifolla Summersweet, sweet smelling, mid summer bloom, very hardy, good for pollinators Physocarpus Ninebark Bapitsia Butterfly weed Ascleplas Tuberosa Sneeze weed- Heliniumtake Julie said "Feed the soil not the plant" Plantone, Amonium Sulfate- check PH levels. June no meeting, but we had a raffle at the Friends Of the Library's plant sale. We had 5 items for raffle #1 Hanging Fushia Plant donated by Wentworth Greenhouse, won by Barbara Cormier #2 Gardening Book donated by Lydia Cupp, won by Sara Rodriguiz #3 Pottery Planter filled with tools, gloves,kneepad, won by Karolina Bodner #4 Hanging varigated petunia plant- donated by Wentworth Greenhouse #5 Plant Pottery with Pony Tail Palm, made and donated by Joann Pearson July 15, 2017 Pickity Place with 9 members in attendance. We carpooled to Mason, NH and had a wonderful time touring the gardens, greenhouse and gift shop. Had a delicious meal they prepare from their gardens and locally sourced foods. August 9, 2017 BerryBogg Farm, Strafford, NH Had 8 in attendance. Cost was $10 for each and we enjoyed a tour of the farm and got to pick a pint of blueberries, then enjoyed a meal prepared by Julie Butterfield. Enjoyed by all and we were given the recipes used: blueberry barbeque sauce was used on chicken cooked on the grill added to a beautiful salad with a blueberry vinigarette, served with blueberry muffins in 2 sizes and the dessert was a wonderful blueberry gingerbread with whipped cream on top. this was served on a long table under the trees on a beautiful evening. September 20, 2017 Had our annual dues meeting to discuss plans for the coming year. 5 members in attendance. $10 dues for membership to the Bloomers Garden club. We discussed looking for new officers if anyone is interested. Joann has been president for 3 years and would like for someone else to have a chance at it. Ideas for upcoming months are. October speaker from UNH on composting. October 21 garden cleanup 9am, October 28 Library cleanup 9am. November will be make a wreath at Studleys in Rochester date and time TBD. December will be our annual Yankee Swap, dinner and donations to the local Food Pantry date, time TBD. Will send out another mailing with more ideas and times and dates. Thanks to all who helped maintain the garden Cindi


Barrington Meeting Notes

May 2,2017                          Barrington Bloomers Meeting Notes
Happy Spring everyone!. welcome to another "black fly season".
We ended our year with a Bloomers Christmas Gathering at Lynn Desharnis's house. We had 9 members in attendance, with a yankee swap. Donations for the food pantry were brought in by attending members. Had a wonderful time and the food from Lynn and side dishes from others was very yummy. Thank You Lynn for a wonderful time.
Our January meeting had to be canceled because of icy conditions, so our next meeting was in February, 15 our speaker was Richard Kahn of Kahn Landscaping in Hudson NH. Richard gave a demonstration for automatic plant watering systems using organic and repurposed materials. Very interesting and we even got a few members hands on making the bottled watering systems. there were 10 total people for this presentation. You can check out the plans for this at www.kahnlandscaping.com, or call Richard at 877-205-1077 for more information. We had a quick meeting  about future speakers, and field trips for upcoming months. We are always looking for new ideas of places to go or people to bring in for our meetings, anyone with ideas please let us know. At the end of the meeting we presented Kim and Jeff Langevin with a thank you gift card for all the extra hard work they have done at the town garden and at the post office. They took it upon themselves to plant and maintain the post office landscaping, and also did mowing around the town garden all season long, thanks to you both great job!
March,15 our speaker was Karolina Bodner. She brought supplies for us to make "origami Lillies". Everyone had a wonderful time, there were 9 members in attendance. Thanks Karolina
April 19 our speaker was Camden Lee Tillinghast, high school senior working on her gold award for girl scouting. She chose to write a book about the Karner Blue Butterfly,"Saving KB". Amazing young lady learned all she could about the Karner butterfly and set up learning tools for schools to use with children to teach about this endangered species. Her book was not only written by her but also illustrated with amazing artwork of the butterfly. She visited the Karner Blue Butterfly easement in Concord and learned that they only eat the wild lupine flower leaves and that habitat is very limited for the butterfly. Very enjoyable speaker. we had 10 members and others in attendance.
April 20 we had the new sculture for the town garden installed by Angela Sarni art teacher at Barrington middle School, and the artist in residence Mark Ragonise who worked with the art students to make a sculture for our town garden. It is beautiful and we have had a lot of posivtive feedback. Ron and Diane St Jean photograghers for the Fosters paper came to take pictures of the installation of the sculture.
April 22 we had the town garden cleanup with 3 in attendance
April 29 was the cleanup of the library garden and again only had 3 in attendance. did 1 & 1/2 hours at the library then we went to the town garden to spread the mulch that was donated by the new business Great View in Barrington. The business has just opened with lots of big plans for expansion. If you show your a member of Barrington Bloomers you will get a discount of 10% on mulchs, soils,etc..Check it out
Lynn made arrangements for 4 pots that were donated from the Federal Saving Bank to go to the Emergency Center and the Tranfer Station. We will fill with plants from the FOTL sale and the pots will be maintained from the places after that. It never hurts to beautify places around Barrington!
upcoming events
May 17 Julie Colman from Wentworth Greenhouse will be our speaker, subject TBD
 for more field trip ideas, some that were brought up were cooking class for farm to table, pickity place visit, butterfly garden center,tour of different garden centers.
Don't forget the Friends of the Library Plant Sale June 3rd at he Rec hall in Barrington. Bloomers will have a table of raffle items donated by members and local businesses. Stop by and check it out.
Enjoy your gardens!