Bluebird Grant Workshop May 24th 2022

Seventeen of us had a great morning at the Community Garden at Snellville learning how to make predator guards for bluebird houses.  These guards prevent raccoons, squirrels, and snakes from reaching the nests.  Terry Dempsey (GPLT) and Carol Hassell (GCMGA & GPLT) let the teaching and all of us shared in the different parts of building these guards.  This year’s grant was part two of raising awareness of the importance – and enjoyment – of having bluebirds in our environment.  The houses were built last year in July.  The Community Garden received a second bluebird house and it was installed today by Wes Nettleton and Martha Whitman.  Other houses are going to other community gardens, butterfly gardens, parks and schools.

May Garden Tour 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022 — Our Garden Tour titled: “Gardening for Beauty and the Environment,” was the place to spend a Saturday. Blooming in Gwinnett County in our six gardens displayed…

  • A community vegetable garden surrounded by pollinator plants
  • A half acre garden certified by the National Wildlife Federation
  • A half acre garden with vegetables, pollinator plants and many flowers
  • A large garden by a lake with vegetables and flowers and certified by the Audubon Society
  • A two acre garden with blueberries, vegetables, pollinator plants and many flowers
  • A demonstration garden at a commercial establishment growing vegetables and flowers.

Master Gardeners were be on hand to answer any questions.

Old Fashioned Daffodils

It’s that time of year when there’s yellow all around in Georgia — daffodils are blooming like crazy.  You can spot the old home sites where daffodils are blooming – Oakland Cemetery is abound with daffodils and I’m sure Gibbs Garden in Canton is a wonder to behold.

I remember when we had Mr. Daffodil Man speak to us at a GCMGA meeting years back – but the old fashioned daffodils continue to tug at my heart.  Mainly because these come from bulbs first grown from my Mom in Milledgeville – the Von Sion or Telemonius Plenus – occasionally known as Bread and Butter.  And they never bloom with consistent form each year as they’re truly weather dependent.  I always describe them as daffodils that look like chrysanthemums – and often they do – they can be gnarled and flop-headed and mop-headed and can have a touch of green in the flower… but they’re a wonder to behold when you find them. Read some history of these bulbs…. https://oldhousegardens.com/MoreAboutVanSion

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