Spring Has Sprung!

 Back by Popular Demand:
The Sandy Spring Museum Garden Club Drive-Thru Plant Sale
Saturday, May 15

If you have perennials that need thinning out, consider donating them to the Drive-Thru Plant Sale. The Garden Club is seeking five or more of the same type of plant. All plants need to be planted in sanitized pots.

If you need pots, please email the garden club.

To sanitize pots:
Prepare three large buckets: 1 – water with a little liquid soap; 2 – 9 parts water to 1 part mild, unscented bleach; 3 – clean water. Scrub pots in the bucket with soap and water (a brush and sponge are helpful). Rinse pots in water, then soak in the bleach solution for 10-15 minutes. Wear long rubber gloves with cuffs to avoid getting bleach on your clothes. Remove pots and place them in the clean water to rinse them. If you have terra cotta pots, submerge them in a container of clean water and soak for 10 minutes to remove the bleach from the pores of the material. Spread pots on an old sheet to air-dry, preferably in the sun. The pots should be completely dry before adding soil and plants. It may take a day or two, depending on the weather.

Garden Tour of Spring Bulbs
“Blossom by blossom the spring begins” – Algeron Charles Swinson

Here are some local places to see spring colors in the area:

Rawlings Conservatory, Baltimore
Burnside Gardens, Nokesville, Virginia-pick your own
Marriot Woodward Park, Washington, D.C.
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

Create a Bee Hotel

Native bees will be looking for a place to build their nests. Building and managing bee hotels for wild bees is a great resource for local bees. Kids will enjoy gathering bundles of cut pieces of bamboo, paper straws and hollow stems to glue into a container for your homemade bee hotel.

 April Garden Chores

  • Cut back vines that are growing where you don’t want them.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses, including liriope.
  • Start weeding!
  • Top dress with compost and/or mulch.
  • Divide, move, and transplant perennials and shrubs.

What’s Blooming in Your Garden?

Daffodils and Forced Forsythia