photo by Roger S.
The backyard garden can bring surprises at the most unexpected times. Just when you think August Texas heat has decimated any hope of beauty with only the hardiest of native or adapted plants showing any spark, garden magic happens to lift the spirits. Spouse-unit of A&M Garden Club member Deana D took this photo today in their backyard. This container grown pineapple bloom has been years in the making from a cut off pineapple top from the grocery store. Raccoons or squirrels kept digging it up in the first few months after planting and it received inconsistent care in its container by yours truly, but apparently this plant had the grit it takes to live and bloom despite not always getting ideal nutrition or watering. It brings inspiration to do the same through good times and challenging times.
May you also find something to delight and inspire in your garden and if you’d like to share with other A&M Garden Club members, please contact one our blog contributors (find out more at the upcoming meeting). Happy Gardening!
Our A&M Garden Club exhibit was a popular air-conditioned destination on July 29, 2017 at the Brazos Valley Museum of National History in Bryan, Texas. Visitors were able to get their questions answered, learn more about gardening for butterflies, and take home butterfly friendly plants, flower seeds, informational flyers, and for youth we had butterfly paper folding projects, wildflower bookmarks, and butterfly refrigerator magnets made out of recycled materials. The milkweed plants became very popular as word spread that baby monarch caterpillars were on some of the plants.
Once again, volunteering for our community through the A&M Garden Club pays off in a surprising way with a fun photo tip from Pete W., our very own Michelle W.’s spouse who volunteered with her at our July 4, 2017 Heritage Park Garden Club exhibit booth. While we were waiting for the crowds to show up after it stopped raining, we got to chatting about cameras and the many things there are to take pictures of if you just look around and that the best camera is the one you have with you to take a picture, which for many is a cell phone camera. Pete shared that he likes to carry a small camera with him even on shopping trips because when they visit a plant nursery or a garden department at a home improvement store he finds great photo opportunities while Michelle is shopping, as you can see in these pictures Pete shared.
We all have times when our own yards may not have flowers or plants looking nice enough to photograph but we do not have to wait to take great garden photographs worth sharing, we just need to take pictures where life is giving us beauty which may even be on a routine errand.
We encourage all A&M Garden Club members to consider sharing garden-related content for our blog. Thanks for sharing these pictures Pete.
A&M Garden Club members Judy S and Deana D put up a display to educate Bryan library visitors about birds in Texas and what individuals can do to help make their yards and gardens an inviting place for birds to visit.
To help make your garden bird friendly
- provide food
- provide water
- provide shelter
- provide a place to raise young
- provide nesting materials
Food can be provided by planting native plants, although many gardeners enjoy providing food using bird feeders with seed and other treats for birds. Hummingbirds are attracted to nectar producing flowers, such as coral honey suckle. Many birds eat acorns and nuts like pecans, and berries are also a good way to help our feathered friends. Using organic gardening methods will help provide insects for birds and make visiting your yard safer for birds.
Shelter and places to raise young can also be a part of the landscape, such as dense bushes for hiding or building nests in. Bird houses can also be a fun way to make a yard bird friendly and can showcase creative talents with unique designs.
Water can be provided with a bird bath, or a water garden, or even the drip from the drainage hose on an air conditioner.
We hope you’ll get a chance to stop in at the Bryan library and see the display about birds and browse the library shelves for gardening inspiration to help resident and migrating birds.
A&M Garden Club did it again with a successful booth at the Heritage Park in Bryan 4th of July event. Sudden downpours of rain at the start of the event gave way to clearer skies. Water puddles were navigated by enthusiastic booth visitors adopting plants, getting instructions from garden club members about how to take care of their new plants, taking handmade pressed-flower book marks, and learning more about butterflies. The event was well organized and we were grateful to be a part of it. We had fun and provided valuable gardening info and plants to our community.
There is a statue in the park designed by Albert Pedula, an artist who grew up in College Station. New information panels have been added in the pavilion about the history of the Carter family and the park area.
This article and pictures is part of a series showing the positive impact A&M Garden Club has on sometimes not so well known places in our community. It was submitted by our Dale and Judy reporting team. We hope you get a chance to see these gems in our community in person and go back and visit again and again throughout the year. We welcome and encourage submissions from our members to this blog sharing your garden club discoveries.