George
Thomson and Elizabeth Churcher spoke at the April meeting of the Tweed and District Horticultural Society. Their power
point presentation, “Gardens for Nature”
highlighted
their personal gardens to show how we can use plants to encourage birds and insects
to visit our gardens. The best way to maximize your yield of fruit and flowers
is to encourage pollinating bees. Bees are nature’s primary pollinators.
According
to Elizabeth,
the plants we select for our gardens need to produce nectar and pollen for bees
and insects if we want to encourage them to visit our gardens.
Both
George and Elizabeth were excited to share their photos of the Giant Swallow
Tail Butterfly which was first noticed in this area in 2009…..due to climate
warming, certain insects like this butterfly are starting to move further
north…need the prickly ash for this butterfly to survive.
Throughout
the presentation, George and Elizabeth provided members with many examples of
plant, trees and shrubs that can be used to attract insects and birds.
Native
plants…..
·      
Bee Balm/Monarda
·      
Bleeding Heart (for ruby throat
hummingbird)
·      
Butterfly Bush
·      
Black-eye Susan
·      
Obedient Plant
·      
Lupines
·      
Echidna/Cone Flower
·      
Cardinal Lobelia
·      
New England
Aster
·      
Sunflower
·      
Coreopsis
·      
Gaillardia
    
During the
presentation it was suggested do plantings in large clumps and to have a
variety within the garden so there are always flowers for the insects.
Native Trees
and Shrubs that attract birds….
·      
Service Berry
·      
Choke Cherry
·      
High Bush Cranberry
·      
Red and Black Current Shrubs
·      
Juniper
·      
Mountain Ash
·      
Wild Rose(good to encourage nest
building)
Some
non-native plants that grow well in this area…
·      
Sedum
·      
Clematis
·      
Glorosia Daisy
·      
Holly Hocks
·      
Phlox
·      
Variety of herbs
·      
Bachelor Buttons
·      
Columbine
·      
Hostas….provide shade for frogs
Non-native
shrubs for this area….
·      
Apple tree
·      
Blue spruce…shelter for birds and
nests
·      
Maple tree…food and perches for birds
·      
Cherry tree
·      
Willow
tree
·      
Flowering Crab
·      
Lilac
·      
Korean lilac
·      
Snowball Bush
Since
George and Elizabeth grow most of their own food they had a few tips to share…….put
grass clippings between the rows of plants as this will help to control weeds. Zinnias
planted around the perimeter of the garden act as a barrier and discourage
animals.
These
lists of plants will certainly help members plan gardens that will entice birds
and insects to visit.
COMING
UP….
May
6

Meeting….Marjorie Mason of Mason House Gardens will talk about the new plants
for 2014 plus some special plants from the past that should be included in
every garden. She will be bringing plants for sale. NOTE: This meeting will be
held at the White Building at the Fairgrounds in Tweed.
$3.00 for non-members.
May
10
…Spring
Cleanup of flower beds. Meet at Moira
Garden @ 9 am.
May
17
…Annual
Plant Sale at Tweed Memorial Park
@ 8am. All plant material should be at the park by 7 am. Please attach a label
with the name of the plant. For more info, please call Joan @ 613-478-6115.
May 23….10:30
am at the Library….Scarecrow making workshop for children. Participants are
asked to bring in old clothes, hat and accessories to make their scarecrow.
Straw will be supplied.
Please
pre-register at the Library for this event.
May
27
…Planting
town planters and flower beds. Meet at empty lot across from ValuMart @ 5:30
pm.
GENERAL
INTEREST EVENTS…

May
3
…AGM
hosted by Land O’Lakes Garden Club

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