By the time October arrives Green Dreamers will be winding down their fourth gardening season in Old Ottawa South. When you see them on the sidewalks and in the public garden beds between the bridges, they will be (most likely) pulling up the dried remnants of milkweed and sunflowers, cutting back some rather thick and reedy perennial growth, raking dried leaves, filling brown bags, ruminating over what went well and what didn’t, and sharing with each other and passers-by bits of information and suggestions for the next growing season in 2018.
We'll will be gardening this Saturday morning, September 17th, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. We will begin at Glen, move to Sunnyside & Bank, and then head towards the Library. It's time to pull some milkweed/sunflowers and cut back plants that are just plain "spent."
As mentioned in the last Green Dreamers update, we think that our next big push might be preparing the beds for winter: cutting back, cleaning up, raking leaves, and exchanging ideas for 2018. Fall activity still seems weeks away however a lot will depend on the weather. The nights are growing cooler, the leaves are beginning to change in colour, and the last blooms of late summer are fewer. We've also noticed, by the way, that there has been some independent gardening in assigned gardens, from watering to weeding and even more transplanting. Thank you!
The beds are looking very much like early September gardens: full, a little weathered, with traces of late blooms from our newly transplanted hosta, weigela, black-eyed susans, echinacea and asters; fern leaves have turned, sunflower heads are beginning to droop, seed pods bulge on brittle stems, milkweeds lean up against each other and over the curbs, bladder campion continues to multiply, creeping thistle hides in the tall grasses, plantain survives, ground ivy is plentiful, and ever so much more abounds.
We're back on: Wednesday & Saturday mornings
Saturday, July 29 - Saturday, August 26, 2017
The Green Dreamers are taking a holiday for the month of August. As always, please feel free to garden at will. We will be in touch before the end of August but, for the time being, we're putting up the "gone fishing" sign and hope that you too enjoy the leisure and slower pace that August so often imposes.