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Garden Week in Georgia: Friendship is a Garden Club

Garden Week in Georgia: Friendship is a Garden Club

JoAnn: We are not always in the garden, our friendship happens all around Roswell. Last week some of us got together at Jeanne’s home and stitched 50 of the cutest “Happy Sacks” to be placed on each meal delivered by Meals on Wheels this spring.

We had many laughs and caught up on our families. Besides Jeanne and myself, JoAnn, Marcia, Carolyn, Stephanie, Donna, and Dawn helped with Happy Sacks. We missed those who were not able to join us.

Amy L: Proust said “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

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Garden Week In Georgia: The Many Seasons of my Friend the Amaryllis by RGC Blogger Gretchen Collins

Garden Week In Georgia: The Many Seasons of my Friend the Amaryllis by RGC Blogger Gretchen Collins

If friendship were a garden, Amaryllis would be a friend who is always there for us. In Georgia we have many months of beauty in our landscape. Perhaps March is one of our most beautiful months for blooms. The Amaryllis bulbs that we can save from year to year might have come into bloom in February or March in our homes. When the blooms finish, it will be time to fertilize them and watch the leaves grow more lush.

In May my bulbs will be transferred to the garden where the bulbs will be replenished as the foliage continues to grow…

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Garden Week in Georgia: Member Reflections–We Grow Our Gardens Row by Row, One Flower at A Time

Garden Week in Georgia: Member Reflections–We Grow Our Gardens Row by Row, One Flower at A Time

Friends, plants, gardens, and friendship go and grow hand in hand as you’ll see in these thoughts from RGC members who share how their gardens grew, row by row, with flowers from their friends.

Roz: Most of the plants in my sun room were given to me by friends and family. These photos show plants from hiking, synagogue, and garden club friends and ONE (green pot) from my Mother.

When Mom moved out of her house in Brooklyn, she gifted me with her only houseplant. The plant ‘lived’ with me in New Jersey and then traveled with me to Georgia. I think about my Mom, who passed in 2008, when I care for her plant.

When plants from friends show significant growth and/or bloom, I send photos. During the worst of the Pandemic I spent many hours in the sun room with the plants. Although I live alone, my friends were often with me as I tended their plants.

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Garden Week In Georgia: Flowers, Like Friends, Nurture Our Souls by RGC Blogger Dawn McGee

Garden Week In Georgia: Flowers, Like Friends, Nurture Our Souls by RGC Blogger Dawn McGee

Flowers, like our friends and family, are the gifts that nature provides us throughout our lives. From the time we are born to the day we become one with nature ourselves; flowers keep us company. They brighten our homes, our workplaces and hospital bedside, and celebrate all sorts of occasions; they are presented as symbols of Love, friendship and sympathy. Even the simplest Dandelion brings a smile to a mothers face when her child lovingly gifts it to her. Many a book has a flower pressed inside it as a keepsake, often forgotten until re-discovered and the memories come flooding back. Flowers are also the harbingers of the coming spring season; we feel happiness and anticipation upon seeing that first Crocus peek it’s head out of the snow. Flowers are universally admired and loved.

Throughout the world flowers grow everywhere, even in the coldest and hottest of places. They decorate our yards, countryside, cities and highways. They can be found deep in the woods where barely a spot of sun shines through, …

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Garden Week In Georgia: Then Flowers ‘d be the Friends…In Praise of My Good Friend Fatsia Japonica by RGC Blogger Florence Anne Berna

Garden Week In Georgia: Then Flowers ‘d be the Friends…In Praise of My Good Friend Fatsia Japonica by RGC Blogger Florence Anne Berna

A glossy leaf plant, Fatsia Japonica is also known as false castor oil plant or Japanese aralia. It is native to Japan and Korea. It is evergreen growing from 3 to 16 feet tall. Its leaves are large fans and its flowers look like something from outer space with small white globes blooming on tall white stalks.

Fatsia Japonica grows best as an understory bush in a climate not going below 5 degrees…

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Garden Week In Georgia: If Friendship Were A Garden

Garden Week In Georgia: If Friendship Were A Garden

This year, RGC lost a dear friend, Mary Ann Booth Cabot. As part of our remembrance of Mary Ann, we were introduced to Sam Furman’s poem If Friendship Were A Garden. This year’s Garden Week in Georgia posts focus on this beautiful poem and all it entails. We’ll talk about friends, gardens, plants, garden clubs, and, most importantly friendship. Let’s open the week with the poem.

If Friendship Were A Garden

If friendship were a garden,
Then flowers ‘d be the friends
How well our gardens cultivate
On each gardener that depends.

Some flowers must remain in light,
And some will need support
But all require love and care
Regardless of their sort.

We grow our gardens row by row
One flower at a time
Helping each establish roots
Our efforts quite sublime…

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Itching to Spring into Planting? Here’s What to Do While You Wait by Guest Blogger Jeannie Springer

Itching to Spring into Planting? Here’s What to Do While You Wait by Guest Blogger Jeannie Springer

If you’re like me, you have a hard time resisting the temptation to plant before the last hard-frost date. Jeannie Singer, plant professional and educator at Scottsdale Farms, shared these great ideas to help you delay planting and be ready to jump into it full speed ahead when the time is right.

Tools

  • Sharpen blades on spades
  • Clean tools: wipe with bleach or alcohol, then wash with soap & water
  • Oil hinges on shears and clippers–use WD – 40 or vegetable oil
  • Make needed repairs–check hose…

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A Must-Have Tool for Gardening by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

A Must-Have Tool for Gardening by RGC Blogger Suzy Crowe

Last spring, I decided it was time to give up my chain saw. I was tired of the hassles involved with keeping it in good working order and all of the steps for safe use. I was relieved to let it go, but a little sad. Then I saw an ad for a tiny 4” chain saw. It’s a little bigger than my hand, weights about 5 pounds with the battery installed, and can cut branches and trunks up to about 6”. I had to have one.

I love that little chain saw. As soon as it arrived, I put it to use. Its rechargeable battery works for several hours, and mine came with 2 batteries. I run out of energy long before the chain saw does. I’ve been working on a major project clearing trashy trees from my back yard and replacing them with nicer understory trees and shrubs. My little chain saw has been handy in chopping down the trees and in chopping them into pieces that fit into the decomposable yard bags I can put out for weekly city pick up. As you can see…

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Great Master Gardening Resources & Education from Guest Blogger Jim Hodson

Great Master Gardening Resources & Education from Guest Blogger Jim Hodson

Note from Suzy: Here’s a fantastic resource for garden enthusiasts everywhere. Guest blogger Jim Hodson contacted us via our website to let us know about the Master Gardener resources Fast Growing Trees developed. You need to check out this site. Be careful, though. My initial check-out of the resource turned into a delightful 2-hour exploration followed by many subsequent visits. There’s a direct link to the Master Gardener section In Jim’s post…

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