Friday, May 22, 2020

New Plantings

Purchases from Benedict's Agway
The 2020 pandemic is bringing in lots of people into the garden, many of whom have never been to the garden before. Unfortunately, last year was a bad year for the garden because deer got in and cause much damage, and then we had a very wet summer that allowed the weeds to flourish and outcompete some of the plantings that had sustained deer damage. Our Rudbeckia and coreopsis were pretty much eliminated, for example. 

The main bed in early spring this year was a disaster, with big blank spots everywhere. On a cold, rainy spring day, the morning was spent digging up volunteers of penstemmon, Jacob's ladder, garden phlox and others and moving them into groupings.  Bee balm and hardy ageratum were transplanted from the community gardens to fill in some of the holes. There were still a lot of empty spaces, so new plantings were needed.

Checking out at Benedicts

New plantings for this year are: 
From Home Depot: 
Tickseed 'Jethro Tull' Coreopis hybrid
Blanket Flower Gaillardia
Phlox Subulata Spring Dark Pink
Phlox Subulata Emerald Pink

From Benedict's Agway: 
Dotted Horsement Monarda punctata 'Beebop'
Culver's Root Veronicastrum virginicum
Black-eyed Susan "Little Goldstar" Rudbeckia fulgida
Threadleaf Tickseed Coreopsis verticillata
Goat's Beard Aruncus dioicus

Transplanted from the Long Hill Community Garden:
(these plants originated at Eklund and were brought to the community garden, where they thrive and spread)
Bee Balm
Hardy Ageratum

Transplanted from a trail reroute of the Paugussett near Independence Drive
(these plants were growing where a new trail was being constructed and would have died)
Christmas Fern

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