Long Island Horticultural Society
June News & Notes
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June 26 Meeting
Doors open at 12pm
Place Horticultural Entries by 12:30pm
Speaker starts at 1pm
Speaker: Steven Fratello
Topic: Rainforest Butterflies
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Save the Date August 7 Summer Social
More details coming soon
To everyone that volunteered to set-up, work, sell and buy from our Spring Plant Sale.
Special Thank You to the family of Fred Hyatt for donating ferns to sell at the plant sale and donating the proceeds; $60, to LIHS. Fred was a long time member and an arborist in the Hamptons that passed away awhile ago.
Check out pictures from our plant sale click here
Eco-Friendly Roses for LI
Roses are classic garden plants with vast emotional appeal. They’re familiar, nostalgic and symbolic. In recent decades they’ve shed their reputation of being fussy and prone to disease, thanks to groundbreaking cultivars like Knock Out.......to continue reading click here
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, USE 'EM
(or, I SURRENDER!)
By Ronnie Brancazio
Have you ever found that you spent way too much time and energy trying to eliminate an "invasive weed", only to find it coming back stronger and happier every year? Me too!
And then did you look at it and decide that maybe it isn't so "invasive" or even a "weed" after all, and you might as well learn to live with it and perhaps even love it? Maybe not you, but me for sure!.....To continue reading click here
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From the Editor....
This weekend Jane Jollon and I went to Vermont for the Vermont Art Council Open Studio weekend. The journey was just as much fun as the destination. We stopped at The Potter Hill Barn in Hoosick Falls, NY its one of those places that smells great when you walk in and has a unusual selection of items so you can find something for everyone. Metal garden art, unique pop up cards, great smelling candles, fun luminaries. Next in Hoosick Falls is Hobson's Choice Greenhouse a really fun garden nursery with whimsical garden sculptures, unusual plants, fountains, and even a florist. We stopped there twice! They have a dino sculpture there that is perfect for my garden. I have to see if it's there when we return in October.
On Sunday we went to check out some stops on the Vermont art council tour. We made it to the glass studio of Robert Du Grenier in Townshend. His work reminded me so much of Dale Chihuly. Large hand blown glass sculptures of flowers and garden art. He even makes hand blown shells for his hermit crabs. Bit shocking when you see a sculpture move.
On our way to visit Manchester we stumbled upon the most fabulous flower garden it has to be a flower farm. The house on the property didn't appear to be inhabited, yet the gardens are very well maintained. The foxtail lilies were HUGE. They had like 50 different types of peonies, a huge row of purple and white bearded iris, beautiful mass planting of purple primrose. 8ft tall "hedge" of pink and white Wegelia. We were completely blown away it was so beautiful.
check out the photos below.
Check out the Garden Calendar for June Click here
Keep an eye on your email, the garden tours are starting! Angela D' Aleo kindly opened her garden on May 29. And will be having another open garden on June 11. Check your email for details.
I will also be having an open garden weekend, plant & pottery sale coming soon.
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Garden Tips & Tricks
Planting Annuals: 2 Important Tips
1.If the plant is in bloom when you purchase, cut off the flowers to allow the plant to send all its energy into making a strong root system and getting well established. Just make a mental note; or a physical one, about the color.
2.When planting annuals or anything really, always loosen the roots. If the plant is pot bound; that is the roots are growing around and around the pot, go ahead and cut off any thick jumble of roots at the bottom, and then use a sharp knife or scissors to make several vertical cuts around the edge of the root ball. This will stimulate the plant to put out new roots and will become better established in its now home.
Planting Basil & Tomatoes Together will improve the flavor of both. Both plants like the same lighting and watering conditions so they pair well together and your tomatoes will taste batter too. Just remember that the tomatoes will get taller than the basil so plant the basil on the south or west side of the tomato.
Can Cucumbers, Squash and Melons be planted together? Yes, if your short on space. No, if you have plenty of space. All these plants are in the Cucurbit family so they suffer from the same diseases and pests, if you have no other choice because of space constraints you can plant them together but them move them to a totally different location the following year.
The Cross Pollination thing: If you want to save seeds from open-pollinated or heirloom plants, rest assured that cucumbers, squash and melons cannot cross-pollinate with one another. However, one squash can breed with another of the same species; likewise melons with melons, and cucumbers with cucumbers.