Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wireworm Trap

At our meeting last week, Joan told us about a wireworm trap developed in PEI. This device, called Noronha Elaterid Light Trap (NELT) traps the click beetles. It is the click beetles' larvae that are the wireworms.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hummingbird Plants

Our Master Gardeners Sharon and Shirley were at the Vancouver Master Gardeners Spring Affair, March 12, 2017, in Burnaby BC. They would like to share the information they received in a number of the presentations. To start, we have a list of flowers that Ciscoe Morris recommends for attracting hummingbirds. If you are dreaming of gardening and sunny days, perhaps you can check out the local nurseries for some of these to add to your garden.

    Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’ - Flowering currant 
    Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ - Bleeding heart 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Powell River Gardens Photography Competition

The Powell River Public Library is having a photography competition focused on local gardens. There are prizes for the winning photo and the top twelve submissions will be featured in a 2018 Calendar. The deadline is noon on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Annual Plant Sale

Our annual Plant Sale is coming up. It is on Sunday, May 7th. 1-3 pm at the Cranberry Curling Club. Laura, our plant sale coordinator has a message for club members:

The Plant Sale is our only fundraiser, which pays for the hall rental as well as the amazing guest speakers (where does our committee find them!). I need to encourage each of you to donate plants for the sale. If each of our 160+ members gives 2 or 3 plants we will continue as we have in the past, with a healthy financial balance.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Black Pussy Willow

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'

At our last meeting, we were invited to bring in a sample of a bloom, branch, or plant from our gardens. Michael brought a number of specimens blooming in her garden, including black pussy willow. She invited us to take a twig to propagate for our own gardens. There was a lot of interest in this uncommon shrub and she may bring more to the next meeting and also to the plant sale on Sunday, May 7, at the Cranberry Curling Club. Here’s some information about the black pussy willow.