New plants for Ross Island Park from the Master Gardener Sale

We went to the Master Gardener sale with our native plant list  of ideas from various  people. We wanted to provide food and housing for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects.   Here’s what we purchased, using a generous donation:

Master Gardener sale purchase
Common Name Botanical Name
Mexican Hat Ratibida
Baby Joe Pye eupatorium dubium
Baptisia blue
Giant Hyssop agastache hybrid blue fortune
monarda bradburdiana
mountain mint pycnanthemum muticum
phlox ‘david’
english thyme
sage berggarten
greek oregano

We’ll be planting them this Tuesday, May 23 at 4 pm.  Please join us in celebrating our new additions.


Butterfly release at Ross Island Park

Today was a busy day at the Park.

We changed the shape of the western entrance to the trail and filled in the area with wood chips.  Looks like it’s been like that forever.

We are experimenting with using vinegar on some of the weeds. We poured it on and will see what they look like on Wednesday.

Suzan Cole released beautiful butterflies that she and her ESL class hatched. She released them in our butterfly garden. She also released some lady bugs that her class nurtured.

She also picked her 4X4 garden area.

We’ll be there again at 2 – 4:30 on Wednesday, May 17.

Ospreys at Ross Lake

Chuck and I were working at Ross Lake this afternoon and saw an osprey dive into the water and come up with a fish in it’s talons.  It flew away to the north and it’s mate flew along with it.  If you stand quietly in the garden you will see so many wondrous things.

Come join us this Wednesday May  beginning at 1 until ????? as we help to beautify the garden.  Tools and gloves will be available or you can just stop by to chat and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the lake and garden.

Elinore Ave, Long Branch 07740