Recently, there was a cleanup/ beautification happening at Lake Ronkonkoma Beach. We were so excited to be a part of another project like this through Keep Islip Clean. There was many volunteers from the Lake Ronkonkoma Beautification Group and Nature’s Bounty. All the before pictures were taken on April 1st, and all the afters were taken on April 18th. From all the wind, there was so much sand blown up around the garden. A big thank you to all the volunteers that removed all the sand by hand. The volunteers that participated at this cleanup/ beautification also tended to another memorial garden area, and cleaned the rest of the Lake Ronkonkoma Beach! All of the flowers for this project came from Stables Nursery in North Babylon. Thanks Ken!
Spring is in full effect around the yard, here is some photos of what is growing around the yard! Flowers include Daffodils (both white and yellow), our beautiful Callory Pear Tree, Red Tulips, Lentin Rose, Cowslip Primrose, Mini Grape Hyacinths, our snowdrops are beginning to fade out and powder blue Chionodoxa is coming in nicely.
Spring is here, which means flowers are popping up all over the yard! Here is what is currently growing in our yard. The flowers include Chionodoxa, Pink and Purple Hyacinth, Crocus, Flowering Quince, Dark Purple Hyacinth, Lots and lots of Daffodils, and Mini Grape Hyacinths. This is gonna be a good spring for growing flowers!
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County will be holding the 35th Annual Spring Gardening School on April 22nd, 2017! It will be held at Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. This event is a popular was to kick-off the new gardening season; Providing up to date information in all areas of horticulture. Classes are taught by Master Gardener Volunteers and Extension Educators! This year we will have a keynote speaker, her name is Polly Weigand and she is Executive Director of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative. Three classes of your choice are also available for every level of gardener (ranging from beginner to advanced.) Class topics include Low-water gardening, Gardening in deer country, Designing drip irrigation, Creating a rain garden, Organic landscape maintenance, and many more! The fee is $65 per person; early bird registration is $60 before March 1st. Included in your fee are free soil pH testing, plant diagnostic clinic, plant sales from some of the finest nurseries, continental breakfast, delicious boxed lunch, Long Island Gardening Calendar, raffle prizes and door prizes.
Register early, because classes fill quickly! Registration is mandatory; there are no walk-ins. A full listing of classes can be found on the registration form for download here!
Hope to see you there!
Here’s what is blooming in our yard during late April. I love this time of the year– every day something new is coming up from the ground! Some of the flowers blooming include Daffodils, Flowering Quince, Yellow Epimedium, White Rock Cress, Small Spirea, Coral Bells (Heuchera) and Creeping Sedum, Bleeding Hearts, Forsytheia and Vinca Vine. The Bleeding Hearts are so cute!
Its time for the flowers to start blooming! Here in our garden, we have many flowers coming up including: Crocus, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Spring Bed, Citrus Swizzle Forsythia, Checkered Frittilaria, Spirea, White Hyacinth, Peony, Eastern Redbud, Purple and White Lunaria, Asparagus, Vinca Vine, Andromeda, Red Oxalis, Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus, Way too much Foxglove, Banana Tree, Meyer Lemon, Pineapple and Pear Tree.
It’s officially Spring! Its April– warm weather, gardening, and happy days are upon us. It’s been a while since last spring but here are a few tips that will get you back into the ‘Spring Grind’.
1. In the first week, pinch off the tips of leggy seedlings that are growing inside to make them grow stockier.
2. The second week of April means you can finally plant blackberries, strawberries and raspberries! You can also plant your potato and sweet potatoes.
3. Deadhead rhododendrons immediately after flowering, and prune azaleas after they bloom. Unfortunately it is also tax day on the 15th, but it is also the last day for frost! Rejoice!
4. If you haven’t already, pull out those weeds before they overtake your garden! Celebrate Earth Day! Scratch one half cup of Epsom salt into the soil around the roses to boost flower production, and fullness.
5. Resist the temptation to remove foliage from spring bulb plants before it turns brown. The bulbs are busy storing food that will be needed to bloom next year. And finally start mowing the lawn when the grass is 3 inches tall, but don’t fertilize until Memorial Day!
Thank you Jessica Damiano for the information. You can read more here.