Tip of the Month: Slug it out
Slugs are slimy and ugly. What they do to the foliage in your garden is even uglier. To get rid of them, put cornmeal in a jar and place on its side near a damaged plant. Slugs will happily consume what's in it and die (perhaps not so nice, but effective).
The sixth month of the year has always been frenetic for North Country gardeners, and we are no exception. It seems spring and summer get condensed into 30 days in June, although we do hope summer lasts at least two more months.
For those of us in the Lake Placid Garden Club, we juggle our own garden work with that of the community.
At least some of us dropped our garden tools for the Fourth of July Parade. Sporting our banner, wearing hats and a rainbow of colors, we dispensed American flags while marching to the High Peaks Resort.
Then on Wednesday, July 9, the Cottage of Mirror Lake Inn sponsored our fourth work session after an hour's work at the Triangle Garden opposite North Elba Show Grounds. A record 18 volunteers showed up! Our previous session in late May, hosted by Liquids and Solids, attracted 12 intrepid workers in pouring rain (when it is easier to weed) who were glad to "refresh" in a dry environment providing unique food and drink.
Just yesterday we went to the self-sustaining home of Nancy and Larry Master off River Road with our own brown bag lunches to find out about "North Country Plants Which Thrive Here." Emily Debolt, of Fiddle Head Nursery in Fort Ann, was our speaker and the landscape designer for the owners.
Our last month's Wednesday meeting was an evening one at Northwood School's lecture hall so all could witness "E-Z, 5-minute Centerpiece Arrangements" demonstrated by our own members. Gerbera daisies and other bold species, held together by a rubber band, were placed in a vase for a dramatic statement; wild flowers put in small medicine/pill bottles combined for a delicate, airy look; silk flowers mixed with live foliage from a dormant Christmas Cactus made a spring centerpiece; blooms floating in a clear bowl and pansies in two ring forms were among other "quickies." Real asparagus spears secured with a rubber band around a circular container topped with tulips or other seasonal flowers was yet another shared secret. Judy Shea brought a colorful bouquet of flowers exclusive to the Triangle Garden.
Designers for the above included Antonia Asa-Thomas, Marcia Brooks, Linda Friedlander, Karen Robards and Sally Urban.
The following day, some of us ventured to the Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club's annual Fashion Show in the attractive Westport Hotel and Tavern. One day after that (whew!) we got out of our "fashionable attire" and into work clothes to improve the Kate Smith Fountain Garden opposite the Post Office. We can thank President Dot Beatty, Sally Urban and Christine Shampeny for this project. The past month included as well an early session at the Memorial Garden at Uihlein Mercy Center, also maintained by the Garden Club. Sally Stoerr and Judy D'Andrea head this garden honoring deceased members and providing a beautiful, restful area for residents and their guests.
We cannot forget our High Falls Gorge meeting in May. After a catered lunch and brief talk by owner Kathryn Reiss, our leisurely walk seemed to quickly descend into a deep crevasse of the earth. Since the floods, the administration of this geological wonder rebuilt and improved all walks and amenities. The cool river 30-plus feet below was our constant companion. In a spot or two, one can lie on a glass panel extending over the water to see and feel the force and drama of the raging AuSable underneath.
Very shortly, you will see new flower boxes on the Chubb River bridge near Lisa G's and Darrah & Darrah Autobody. Jay Field, building trades instructor for the Adirondack Education Center of Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES, Bob DiMarco, owner of North Country Artisans, and Jamey Rhoades, summer resident and president of the Shore Owners' Association all donated their time to make two boxes each. Welder Jim Firlik is engineering placement on the bridge.
See what you have missed already! Memberships are still open to join us in fun, adventure and gardening. With all the above options, you can choose what interests you and do as little or as much as you like. Broaden your friendships and have some laughs.
Our meetings are monthly and in-between activities are frequent and varied. Send
$30 with your name, postal and email addresses, home and cell phone numbers to GC of LP, PO Box 984, LP, NY 12946.
Learn more at www.gardencluboflakeplacid.org.