Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hellebores in Bloom

After yesterday’s April snowfall and today’s winter temperatures, we could all use some reminders that spring is indeed here. The hellebores have lived up to their Lenten rose nickname and are in full bloom. Enjoy the images of hellebores and other spring blooms captured by Gardener Claire this weekend.


Ivory hellebores
White hellebores with Merlot markings
Plum hellebores
In the garden at this time you'll also see Virginia bluebells, early daffodils and the forsythia in bloom.

Virginia bluebells
Forsythia with early daffodils

Don't forget that the first garden meeting and work day of the season is April 27 at 11 am. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Summit Street Community Garden, please attend the meeting for an orientation.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring! First Garden Meeting of 2014 on April 27

After a long winter, it's finally spring! Don't forget that the first garden meeting and work day of 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at 11 am. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Summit Street Garden, attend the meeting for an orientation.

Crocuses—the first sign of spring—were out last weekend. 

It looks like a hopeful squirrel tried to plant a peanut tree in my plot. 

I bought this rock garden iris after our fall bulb sale. 

And here's a crocus and iris mix.

This past weekend, the hyacinths were out.

The daffodils and tulips are also making an appearance. Enjoy the weather! See you in the garden soon!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Raccoon Sighting in the Garden

In case you didn’t see Gardener Megan’s email, raccoons have been reported in the garden. Please look at this NYC Healthsheet for some helpful information.

If you see one, just leave it alone. As long as you don’t try to feed one like a Disney princess, you should be OK. People say they're aggressive, but from my own experience, raccoons aren’t usually roaming the streets, looking for trouble. But I wouldn’t really go out of my way to provoke one—they do have sharp teeth and claws. 

They’re mostly after garbage, so keep your garbage cans sealed, though they can remove lids with their paws. They’ll also eat pet food. Raccoons are also known for entering pet doors and raiding kitchens, but I don’t think people have pet doors here.

Once a rabid raccoon held my entire office in Columbus, Ohio, hostage as it swayed, looked woozy and generally seemed rabid while it stumbled around our parking lot right when it was time to go home for the day. Animal control eventually came to capture it, I think. (A squirrel also terrorized a suburb in 1996, but that’s another story.) If a raccoon looks rabid, then call 311.

Since raccoons can carry rabies and fleas, keep an eye on your pets and make sure they are up-to-date with their shots.

Three years ago, The New York Times likened a spike in raccoon reports to bed bugs, but that’s a little crazy. This CBS story from last year makes it seem as if raccoons are really ruining people’s lives, but I bet the raccoon mentioned in the story hissed at the woman quoted for this piece because she uses “impact” as a verb. (Even though it’s accepted now by grammarians, I will never accept it. Never. This raccoon was perhaps the reincarnation of my former grammar teacher at Ohio University.)

Be cautious and just have an eye out for raccoons when you’re in the garden—especially at night, because raccoons are nocturnal. Speaking of nocturnal creatures, there also have been opossum sightings in the neighborhood. Opossums will sometimes show their teeth if they feel threatened, but if they’re really terrified, they’ll play dead, so they really don’t want any trouble.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bluegrass Blues Bulb Bake Bonanza September 28!

Don't forget that the Bluegrass Blues Bulb Bake Bonanza is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm! (Rain date Sunday, Sept. 29.)
Garden members have received emails containing information for signing up for bonanza shifts and for baked goods. Please sign up for a shift if you can, or let us know what you'll be bringing. Also, remind friends and family that they can purchase bulbs online!
See you Saturday!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bluegrass, Blues, Bulb, Bake Bonanza on Sept. 28

Mark your calendars! The Summit Street Community Garden's Bluegrass, Blues, Bulb, Bake Bonanza is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 am–4:30 pm. The live music begins at 2 pm, while the bake and bulb sales go all day long! In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29. Don't forget that you can also buy bulbs online to support the garden!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Columbia Waterfront Community Gardens Walking Tour Tomorrow, Sept. 14

Don't forget that the Columbia Waterfront Community Gardens Walking Tour is tomorrow from noon-1:30 pm! 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Summit Street Community Garden Workday on September 8!

Don't forget we have a work day scheduled tomorrow on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 am. Stop by if you can!