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It was a gray, cool and drizzly start to our last workday of 2017. Kathy Hodnett, Tony Chamberlain, Frank and I felt that we got a lot done and that the gardens looked good. We moved most of the remaining cedar logs to outline the gardens and got rid of some "volunteer" privet and beggars lice (hackelia virginiana) and some other uninvited guests in our garden.
We made a decision not to cut down most of the drying stalks as they provide seeds and shelter for the birds in the winter gardens. Amazingly, some plants still had developing seed heads - a testament to our recent warm weather. As the drizzle turned to a heavier rain we ended a few minutes early.
Please join Frank and I on Tuesday, November 14 at Clysta. We will start at 10 and work till about noon because of the cooler temperatures. We will be doing general tidying up in prep for winter. Hope to see you there.
We had a chilly start to the day but got a lot accomplished. Kathy Hodnett, Joanne Ragsdale, and Tony Chamberlain joined Frank and I. We spread mulch, weeded and cut back most of the garden by the creek. As I was moving the rock border, I found a bunch of snake eggs. I sure was surprised when moved. Most of the eggs had slits in them where the snakes had hatched. Sure hope these were not copperheads that will come back to haunt us. The garden is looking pretty good as it settles in for winter.
Penny & Frank
Please join us Thursday, October 26 from 8-10 am at Clysta. We will be spreading mulch, putting new logs in the garden perimeter and doing general fall cleanup. Should be a cool pleasant morning.
Donated items available at the site are:
14 bags organic seed starting mix 12 quarts
2 bags black mulch
1 bag of organic cactus, palm and citrus soil
Feel free to help yourselves.
Thanks to Kathy Hodnett and Carol Badsky who joined me on October 10th. We accomplished quite a bit for a humid airless morning. The parks department mulched the walkways and left piles of mulch in strategic places for us to spread in the garden. Best of all they left a stack of logs and mowed the surrounding area. We worked for the most part on the beds by the walkway. Looked much nicer with the log perimeters. We discussed moving some plants from their current places to fill out the big bed.
Please join us at Clysta Willett PED on Tuesday, October 10 from 8 to 10 am as we continue the process of tidying the garden for the winter.
Penny Wells & Frank Sinning
We had a nice cool and productive start to the day. Tony Chamberlain and Joanne Ragsdale joined Frank and I in tidying up the beds by the paved path and Tony sprayed the paths with Roundup. Everything looked much better when we left. We had some discussion on grasses and Butterfly weed.
Just a reminder that our next workday is this coming Thursday at Clysta Willett. We will be doing general cleanup as we wait for fall weather. Time is 8am. Hope to see you there.
Frank & Penny
We had a nice cool, cloudy day today. Kathy Hodnett, Tony Chamberlain and I felt we accomplished a lot. Kathy is the queen of pulling "beggars lice" and Tony and I pulled lots of weeds that were in the pathways and gardens. We all worked on tidying and deadheading, so the gardens were in better shape when we left. We need to get some logs to define several of the gardens and are hoping that the areas around the gardens will get mowed soon. We identified some volunteers and other plants as we had some snacks and water.
Please join us at 8 am on Tuesday, September 12. We will continue our cleanup, deadheading and weeding as the temperatures drop and fall arrives. Look forward to seeing y'all.
We had a nice cool start to our workday on Thursday. Kathy Hodnett, Janie Robbins joined Frank and I. We spent some time tying and cutting back up a large stand of cut leaf coneflowers that the recent rains and winds had blown down. Kathy found (and got rid of) dormant Japanese beetles which we all agreed that we had seen in our own gardens. We cleaned up several other beds and deadheaded. Janie and Kathy cleaned up the pathways in the big garden so that they were walkable, and Frank and I worked on the pathways around the gardens. We had a good discussion of problems in our own gardens this year while we had some cookies and nice cold water. As the times and days seem to not always work for folks, we agreed that if anyone had a spare hour or so, they were welcome to drop to work. Weeding is always waiting for us. As the temps are cooling down, we are going back to the 8:00 start time effective September 12th. Hope to see you there!
Mother Nature and the Weatherman played a trick on us today - only a 20% chance of rain at 6:15 according to the Weather Channel.
Many thanks to Kathy Hodnett and Tony Chamberlain who arrived at 7:00 to work. The light sprinkles changed to a torrent by 7:15 so we went home. We sure didn't have to stick around to water! The next PED is Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 am. Hopefully it won't rain - we look forward to seeing you. The garden is looking full and lush with all the rain.
The next work day at the Clysta Willett Native Garden is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15th at 7 AM. Plan on work, fellowship, fun, and some tasty treats. If you can't make seven, come at eight AM. You're also more than welcome to just come walk around, take a seat and observe nature in action with the blooms, butterflies, bees, and birds.
Thanks to Kathy Hodnett and Tony Chamberlain for joining Penny and I at Clysta Willett on Thursday. The earlier time (7 AM) was a little cooler, but of course the humidity had us all dripping. We deadheaded, weeded, raked, dug, and opened up the paths. It's really amazing how there is always something blooming or changing color to paint an entirely new picture for your eyes to behold.
At the end of our work time we enjoyed the delicious pumpkin-cranberry bread that Penny had baked along with some juicy grapes and cool, cool water. During this time there was much discussion regarding our personal gardens as well what we might add to Clysta Willett.
If you haven't been to Clysta Willett in a while, you ought to visit. Right now early morn is a great time to also observe humming birds and butterflies along with all the blooms. Or come on out to our next workday on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 AM. Y'all Come!!
Rise and shine and Y'all come!
Where: Clysta Willett Native Garden
When: Thursday, July 27th
Time: 7:00 AM till the heat & humidity kick us in the ......... posterior.
Note: If seven is too early, come when you can. Penny and I are just trying to beat the heat index.
Spent the early morning hours today watering at Clysta Willett. Lots and lots of blooms and everything is holding up well in this heat, but a drink was in order with all the heat on the horizon.
It was a great time to be there! I observed many visitors - Butterflies, Bees, and over a dozen Hummingbirds.
So come on out early morning. Beat the heat and let nature's beauty sooth your soul.
Thanks much to Toby Klassen for joining me for a hot and humid morning
at Clysta Willett. We eliminated various and sundry weeds, snipped off
some errant flowers growing in the wrong place, and pruned several dead
branches from the Dogwood tree. We then watered the main bed along
with several of the smaller beds. You can see the beauty you missed this
AM by viewing the attached photos. Hoping to see you next time on July 27th.
Till then stop by Clysta Willett and let your eyes behold the beauty of nature
up close and personal.
I find it necessary to cancel the Tuesday, July 11th PED and reschedule the next PED for Thursday, July 13th at 8 AM. Looking forward to seeing you at Clysta Willett.
My apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Thirteen members of the Ozark Heritage Garden Club from Theodosia, Missouri enjoyed a tour of Clysta Willett Native Garden on Tuesday morning June 27th.
Tony Chamberlain, Toby Klassen, Joanne Ragsdale, Kathy Hodnett, Carol Badsky joined Frank and I on June 22nd. Tony, Toby and Frank tackled extensive tree trimming, while Joanne, Kathy, Carol and I tackled the weeds in and around the garden. The garden is full of blooms and I was so busy admiring the garden I forgot to take pictures. Next time... It was a humid day so we really appreciated Frank's snacks and the cool breeze.
Frank and Penny
We will be meeting Thursday, June 22 at 8:00 am. It will be interesting to see what has started to bloom in the past few days as June is always full of surprises.
Frank & Penny
Rick Gatewood and Kathy Hodnett joined Frank & I today. We worked on getting rid of the migrating frostweed and split leaf coneflower so that they are in designated areas. The garden is looking very nice and we can navigate the pathways. We made plans to do some major trimming next time.
Penny & Frank
Please see attached pics from Saturday morning (6/10; 8 'ish) at Clysta Willett. The first picture (Pic # 20170610_075052.jpg) is an Elderberry still in bloom. Elderberries is the August program topic. Come see one in real life along with all the other blooming beauties at Clysta Willett!
Frank & Penny
We changed the next project improvement day to Monday, June 12 so that folks could attend the upcoming trip to Jonesboro & Crawley Ridge that takes place on Tuesday. We will meet at 8:00 am to continue tidying up the garden. Please join us for the fun.
Frank & Penny
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