May 24. 2015
Hope you are all happily into your gardens now that the weather has finally turned warmer.
The Bloomers club has been very busy, the town garden looks great, and we have lots more planned for the coming season. Hope to see lots of our bloomer friends at some of the up coming events.
A Garden for Wildlife; natural landscaping for a better backyard
Malin Clyde- UNH co-op extention staff member was the speaker
Went through ten tips for a better backyard habitat, which included:
Plant native wild flowers, shrubs and trees
Less lawn- less chemicals
Reduce fall cleanup- leave plant material on ground through the winter clean-up in spring
Build a brush pile for cover for wildlife
Install bird boxes, and put up bird feeders for winter
Add a water feature for wildlife
She gave us a list of recommended flowering plants and groundcovers for wildlife
Recommended reading : New England Wildlife
Bird nesting balls
Coleen and Judy did the workshop
had 12 members in attendance
purchased grapevine balls for $5 and supplies for filling from Coleen and Judy were
llama fur,string, yarn,and other natural materials
we had a meeting while hands were busy filling the balls.
Talked about the UNH student sculpture that is in the garden and plan to take a photo with the student artist and the sculpture. Hope to be able to have it up for the summer. looks great
Set up calendar for garden maintenance. If you haven't picked a week to help with weeding and dead heading there are a couple weeks left to fill. It only requires a few hours at your choice during that week to keep it looking nice. please help us with this.
Birds, Bats & Butterflys
UNH co-operative extension Jean Enow
20 members in attendance
Discussed What is habitat? Wetlands, marshes,swamps, pools, open fields, forested habitats
Where they find food sources, shelter, water and space. Jean recommended through the UNH extention to read
Taking Action for Wildlife newletter
had a small turnout for our annual garden cleanup,but we got it done and it looks great. thanks to Lynn and Bob for bringing the compost. The following Saturday was the Library Garden cleanup
We had a perennial swap in the parking lot. Everyone left happy with their new perennial to add to their garden. After had a meeting in the library at the back tables as there was a cooking class going on at that time in the meeting room. Had 8 members in attendance. We discussed the upcoming Friends of the Library Plant Sale that will be held June 6th in the Rec hall. The Barrington Bloomers will have a table set up with a raffle for donated plants and gift baskets. We will also have a sigh-up sheet for anyone interested in joining the Bloomers garden club. Hope to see you all there, lots of fun !
June 3 and 13th
Mosiac Plant pots class at Pottery Paddock on Ten Rod Rd in Rochester/ Ruth Caron instructor
6:30PM to 8:00PM for the 3rd first process
10:00AM to 12:00 for the second process
cost is $25 for both sessions and all material
sign up with Ruth at email@example.com or call 332-9209
Library Plant Sale 8 to 12
Field trip to Greenleaf Farms, 24 Littleworth Rd, Dover NH. we will be carpooling, meet at the library by 6:15. the class will be about herbs and she will be serving tea. there is a charge of $5 for this field trip. RSVP if you plan to attend
Lydia has set up a field trip to Tarbin Gardens in Franklin NH for a tour and English Cream Tea; cost is $13.50 per person, and we will need a head count for this trip. We will meet at the library to carpool at 11AM. Sounds like a beautiful place
Cindi is looking into a trip to Garden in the Woods, New England Wildflowers in Framingham, Mass. 2 PM tours, bring a picnic lunch, gift
shop and cafe on site. will carpool details to follow
Sandy O'Neill will do presentation on "Putting your garden to Bed"
This is also our membership dues month so b
ring your membership dues to sigh up for another year
Hope you've all recovered from our last snowstorm. What a lot of FUN that was!! It is great for snow shoeing now. Great place to go is the Barrington Town forest or Stonehouse Pond, maybe I'll see you there.
Here is an up date of the Bloomers meetings since November 19th
Coleen Smead had a wreath making workshop at her house. Had a great time with everyone pitching in to bring assorted greens, pinecones, berries and other interesting plants to add to the wreaths. The wreaths came out great and all very different. thanks Coleen for hosting and for the cocoa, tea and cookies also.
December was our annual Christmas gathering and Yankee swap which was at JoAnn's this year. Everyone contributed to the meal, and JoAnn had cooked a ham, great food shared by all in attendance. After the meal we did the Yankee swap which is always lots of fun. everyone also brought personal care products to donate to the Food Pantry in Barrington. JoAnn, thank you so very much for hosting the gathering, your house was so beautifully decorated and welcoming.
Adam Pearson's art students completed the sculpture and set it all up in the town garden. Looks great!
January 21st We had a Decorative Birdhouse workshop at Pottery Paddock in Rochester with Ruth Caron. We had 8 in attendance. Great time was had by all. Ruth had been collecting all kinds of barks, pinecones, berries, greenery and other dried flowers to use for decorating wooden bird houses. Everyone got real creative and all were so very different. Thanks to Ruth for sharing her creative ideas and her workshop.
We've got some exciting speakers and guests coming up in the next few months which will be held at the library the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8pm.
Feb- Gardening for Wildlife
Mar- Making Bird Nesting Balls
April- Birds, Bats and Butterflys
Hope to see you all for these interesting topics and classes
Hello fellow bloomers
We had a great turnout for our trip to the Isles of Shoals on August 8th.There were 29 bloomers and friends who attended. Mark Wiley from the UNH Docent Marine Lab was our guide with about 6 other docent volunteers. We had excellent weather, which made it even more enjoyable. On the trip out we were shown specimans from the ocean and did a collection of "sea life" in the water. We were transported to Appledore by the "Gulf Challenger". We split up onto two groups and went to tour the Island, the Shoals Marine Lab and Celia Thaxters garden. We stopped for lunch and then switched so we all got to see everything. When we departed the Island we went around the back of the Shoal's to observe the seals with rest on Duck Island. We then proceeded to head around White Island which has the lighthouse that Celia Thaxter grew up on with her family. It was time to head back but we spotted the whale watchers boat between the Shoals and the Plum Island area, and as we approached there was a Minke Whale being followed. We got back to New Castle a little later than planned, but everyone was excited for the extra sighting of the whale.
Have received many positive comments about the trip. The Bloomers garden club did a donation of $50 to the UNH Marine Docents program.
Sept 17th 8 members in attendance
Adam Pearson presented a proposal for UNH Art students to construct a sculpture for our town garden in the spring. They have toured the garden and two other sights and will begin the sculptures. It was decided to place a cement slab at the sight to secure next years and future sculptures. $100 was given to Adam to pour the cement foundation. We will be doing a donation to the Art Dept in the spring. Adam will also be coming back as a speaker about Garden Sculptures. Thank you Adam for all you've done for us.
October 15th 12 in attendance
"Dr Tomato" aka David O'Conner came to talk about "Hydroponics Gardening"
basics; non living medium vs living medium
retain water aeration/ pros bigger yield/ shorter time/ target feeding
talked about container gardening with constant delivery of food. He said not to use garden soil as it turns to brick, compacting with no aeration/fluff. Feeding with hydroponics solution such as Floranova gives a more constant feed than say an every two weeks with a Miracle grow too up and down for plant root growth. most criticle is the PH level which should be 6.5 in a ground garden, 6 in a pro-mix container, and 5.5 in water
Recommended reading " Gardening Indoors with Soil & Hydroponics"
As always we ran out of time with many questions for "Dr Tomato". Guess we'll just have to have him back again soon!!
Oct 18th 7 members in attendance
We cleaned up the dead flowers and raked leaves at the town Garden , then went to the Library to help clean-up there. Big thank you to Kim and Jeff for bringing their truck to put all the debris from the gardens, and thanks to all for helping to maintain the garden. Our next meeting will be at Coleens for wreath making. Come join the fun. let Coleen or JoAnn know if you plan to attend as she will get supplies accordingly. I will be sending out a thank you to Fred Knight for mowing the area around the town garden which helps to make it look great.
December Xmas Gathering
January Clay Pots with mosaics or decorated wooden birdhouses (ornamental Only). Ruth Caron from Pottery Paddock will be giving classes for $25 more info to follow
If you have any suggestions or ideas for future field trips or speakers for our meeting let us know, always looking for new things to do or see.
Happy Fall to all