Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to all of you. Yesterday I watched a program on our local public television channel about the Revolutionary War. Amazing what those men and women went thru to achieve American Independence. Let us never forget and strive to keep this country free.
On July 1 our Triangle Guild had a tour of Cutler Gardens just north of Binghamton. Two of our members Carolyn and Sylvia are in the Master Gardening program there. If you are traveling south on Rt. 81 you can see the gardens on your right, just south of the Cracker Barrel and Applebys. The gardens are on Rt. 11 just north of Exit 4. If you are in the area, stop and walk around. It is an always changing scene.
There is a gazebo that is used for weddings, vegetable gardens, herb gardens, perennials, annuals, bird sanctuary, a heaths and heathers bed, rock garden and a rose walk. There is also a composting area and a propagation area. One area is planted with flowers that humming birds enjoy and also has hummingbird feeders.
The pictures are of a drumstick allium, black hollyhock and one of the many roses.
Carolyn explained the rose pruning process after the roses have stopped blooming. New growth is used to propagate new rose bushes.
The gardeners are now using newspaper and cardboard under wood chips for mulch, cutting back on time spent weeding.


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