Seasons In The Garden

Miniature garden class

Each participant will be artfully creating a container “mini-scape’ with depth and dimension using rocks, figurines, and many other things that add a personal touch to this small landscape.

think small. Bring a figurine or accessory that will withstand some moisture. All other materials will be furnished by instructor.

Class will be held Saturday 9/28 9:30 to 11:30 at 120 Flaggy Meadow Road in Gorham. cost is $30.00



(207- 222-1095  or

Hope you can join us.



Hypertufa class

Many of you have been asking for a class to make “cement “planting containers.  Hope you can join us for an enjoyable time creating your own stone planter made of different aggregates that will be light weight, and once cured, will withstand our Maine weather conditions. Come dressed in old clothes. All materials will be furnished.

Class will be held on Saturday 9/21 from 9:30 to 11:30 at 120 Flaggy Meadow Road,  Gorham, Maine. Cost $30.00



Hope you can join us.


Daylilies In The Garden

SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OF DAYLILIES IN BLOOM. I can’t remember when they have been so beautiful.



The summer gardening season is the time I look forward to throughout the year.  I  love to be outside puttering and enjoying the plot planning from the year before.  Well I must admit that some of the plantings just happen.

The vibrant pink Lichnis seeded itself throughout the gray Artemesia   in a striking combination.  In the spring I weed carefully to keep the scattered Foxglove plants. They have Just finished blooming. I must remember to let the seeds mature on the plant and drop on their own. Planting the lady¹s mantle on a slope or berm is the best as the profusion of chartreuse long-lasting blossoms cascade down a slope.

Norway Savings Bank in the center of Gorham is a prime example of mass plantings of lady’s Mantle on sloping land.  Just another reminder of what a statement can be made by planting groupings of the  same kind of perennial plant or encouraging your favorite spreading plants .  This technique is especially affective when a garden is viewed from a distance.

Each year I fill containers with some favorite plants to display where I want an accent of color.  The joy is finding new plants that will complement my old favorites.  New for me this year and is definitely a keeper is an Impatiens for the sun called SunPatiens.  It grows up to two feet tall to fill a whisky barrel and comes in two shades of pink. Also an annual that I regularly use  to lighten up the visual appeal in containers is Diamond Frost, a euphorbia with a mound of  airy white blossoms all summer.  This in combination with variegated foliage plants is striking.

When I recently discovered trailing Mezoo , (Dorotheanthus) also called Aptenia, Ice Plant , I felt like I hit the jack pot. This succulent had variegated foliage that cascades easily over the side of containers and stays very fresh looking all summer.   You can bring it in the house for the winter and propagate it by taking cuttings.   It will take some neglect and loves sun to part sun.

Remember to water deep and deadhead the spent blossoms of garden plants and potted plants.   When deadheading petunias be sure to take off the blossom and the seed pocket .   Consider planting another shade tree for the future. The most noteworthy thing about Gardeners is that they are always optimistic.  We will always envision the most beautiful  garden.


plant care for drought conditions

As dry as it has been this summer it is important to water deep. Sprinkling the garden is just a tease for plants and will not establish healthy roots.

I cut back day lilies to about 6 inches because they looked so bad. with an extra watering some new green leaves will show up shortly. The plants will not bloom again but will look refreshed in about ten days.

In early summer I cut down the wire tomato cages and placed them over my then short sedum spectable plants. Now the plants are tall and the wire cages don’t show. The plants will continue to stand tall and won’t split in the middle when the blossoms get big and put out their glorious fall bloom.  Yea, It worked!!!  these sedums have survived the drought very well.


Remember to cut off seed heads

When a plant produces seed it takes strength away from the roots and growing strength. Spend some time cutting dead flower heads off before they go to seed.   Also seeds left to ripen on the plant will fall to the ground and often create many new plants.  Some plants become invasive in this way.   Cutting back some plants may also  encourage another flush of bloom. Dead heading will make the garden look tidy.


Slugs and Hosta

Be ready for slugs as they appear.  Let’s make it a goal to have a slug free hosta garden!!

Weed your hosta bed and coat the top surface with lime as the hostas emerge in the spring. slugs prefer acid conditions and lime is alkaline.  Diatomaceous earth will also keep slugs away. Sprinkle it around the plants. They dislike crawling over rough surfaces.


Pesticides banned from school playgrounds


We were thrilled to learn last night that New York Governor David Paterson signed the bill into law that bans pesticide applications on school playgrounds and playing fields. We need everyone to spread the word about this. Write Letters to the Editors and call your TV and radio stations. Call your local and state officials and the offices of your U.S. Senators and members of Congress. With New York and Connecticut now having laws protecting children from pesticides at school, this should become a national movement.

This note came to me from Paul Tukey’s safelawns website.



Yesterday I went to a third grade class to talk about composting. They seemed very excited to think that they could layer their scarps of healthy foods and debris from the garden into a bin and turn it into soil.


Make layers of ingredients. BE SURE to put regular layers of garden soil in to introduce microorganisms that help the compost break down and keep down the smell. 

YOU WILL NEED some BROWN ( dried leaves . dead plants, sawdust. pine needles and some shredded newspaper. 

Some GREEN (grass clippings and kitchen vegetable scraps) 

Some SPRINKLES OF WATER to keep it damp

Some AIR CIRCULATION to help decomposition

A great website for kids to get more details

This is a great summer recycling project for families to start and it will encourage all to eat more of the fruits and veggies that can go into the compost pile. 

DO NOT USE: meat, fat, pet droppings,bones,milk products, diseased plants , oils, or wheat products.




unpruned forsythia


Who would want to prune the forsythia in a tight ball when its natural beauty is so alluring.  An unpruned hedge like this is the greatest place for the kids to hide.  The children have already created their own forsythia house. 

When the forsythia blooms it is time to fertilize your lawn for the first time.