A&M Garden Club Members Participate in Flower Show in Austin

A&M Garden Club members Suzanne M and Deana D participated in the Violet Crown Garden Club Flower Show in Longhorn country in Austin, TX, this past weekend. Both entered in the design and horticulture divisions.

See if you can guess which design goes with which theme and design type in the pictures below.
“Beautiful Beginnings” Low Profile Design
“Feathered Friends” 8″ or less Petite
“Busy Bees” 8″ or less Petite

 

Pink Primrose Surprise

 

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After our delightful April garden club meeting program on “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs”, Sharon S spotted this interesting bug specimen by the sidewalk in Judy S’s yard.

I’m no entomologist, but think it is Hyles lineata (white lined spinx moth, also called hummingbird mothenjoying a quiet meal on Oenothera speciosa (Pink Primrose) before we disturbed it with much picture taking. Seeing and contributing to insect populations is one of the many benefits of using native plants and organic gardening methods in the landscape. Depending on your point of view, you might view this caterpillar as a welcome friend, or a pest. We put it in the friend category in this yard.

Mother’s Day 2018 Update: moth hatched! Dale and Judy S shared images below

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Did you see good or bad bugs in your yard? We’d love to hear about it.

 

Garden Center Beauty Captured on Camera

Pete W. had fun taking photographs at a garden center while shopping with Michelle W. for soil amendments for their garden. Thanks for sharing Pete! Keep the creative garden pictures coming. Members are encouraged to submit photos of plants or flower designs and/or garden related articles for posting on our blog.

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Working in the Community

A&M Garden Club has a long tradition of working in the community, in parks, public spaces, libraries and wherever we can make a difference.  We especially like working with students, and this past Saturday was A&M University’s annual “Make a Difference Day”.  We partner with the Horticulture Department, who this year sent us 17 students to help with tidying, trimming and planting in the area’s oldest public park, Richard Carter Park.  Pizza and cookies for lunch is always a  popular draw!!!

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Richard Carter Park has been a project of A&M Garden Club for several years now, with the assistance and blessing of the Parks & Rec. Department which provides mulch, water, grass maintenance, etc.  And last Fall the City designated a “no mow” zone, where we sowed wildflower seeds. We have tried to keep the plantings in sync with the historical period and try to plant mostly natives which are attractive and beneficial to pollinators of all types.

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Spring is bustin’ out all over!

After all the unusually cold weather we have experienced this year, the past couple of days have done a 360 and we have had to start the ceiling fans (and some say those two dreaded words “air conditioner”!)  Of course this has triggered a burst of bloom in the garden and even the asparagus is starting to appear!  Here are a few pictures of what is happening in my garden, and a couple from the park where I walk my dog.

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Everyone is complaining about allergies right now – the strong winds are stirring all the pollen up and causing distress!  Here is one of the culprits – Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) with its millions of little “flowers”.

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Lastly, for no reason other than it is beautiful, a photo of various brambles, vines, and berries.

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Gardens A&M Garden Club Helped Make Happen-Did you know?

As part of a series of blog posts about “secret” gardens that need not be a secret, we tell you about another garden the A&M garden club contributed to at some point in the past for the benefit of our community. A peaceful healing garden provides a place for patients and visitors to find a relaxing space away from inside hospital walls at CHI St. Joseph Health hospital in Bryan. Winter finds many of the plants have been groomed to be ready for Spring. As with all gardens, visiting in different seasons, on different days, and even different times of day reveals new aspects in the same space.

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If any of our A&M garden club readers know more details about our contribution to this garden such as the year, please post a comment.

Mom’s Backyard Beauty

Many of us inherit or learn green thumbs from our Mom or another family member. Club member Michelle W. sure did from her Mom as you can see from these pictures submitted by husband Pete W. taken at Michelle’s Mom’s house in Michigan.

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Pictured here are a Garage Wall, Hosta, and Day Lilies. We sure appreciate this submission of beautiful garden pictures and welcome other submissions from the A&M Garden Club for our blog. Speaking of pictures, our upcoming January meeting will have a photo display. Rules for displaying are in the last A&M Garden Club Newsletter sent out by Helen Q, so check your email boxes if you have a photo or 2 to share with the club at the January meeting.

A big Thank You! goes out to Moms everywhere. You inspire us.