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By popular request we have extended the time of the the Photo Contest!

It begins on Monday, on June 5 and run through until just after Labour Day.
Rules may be picked up at the Garden, in a small yellow bucket, or can be seen on this web site. The number of entries in each category has increased from 2 to 3, a total of 12 photos if you enter the maximum number.

It’s hard to believe that springtime is almost over and summer is rapidly approaching. Maybe the best excuse for lack of postings, that we have been very busy – or rather Jessah has. Jessah Hodgins worked at the Garden last year and fortunately was able to return for 2017.

The pathways have all been freshened with new gravel, and hopefully the low spots have been removed. We were having some flooding problems.
The City kindly ‘gifted’ the gravel to us and the entire huge pile was spread by Jessah, using just a wheelbarrow and shovel. An extraordinary feat.

The spring ritual of the removal of the garlic mustard is behind us. What a pity that it does not appear to be a host plant for anything, just a perfect invasive nuisance.

We have planted some new perennials and added few annuals, so far it is slim pickings at our usual nurseries due to the unpredictable weather. The Korean Lilac is in full bloom, and usually attracts quite a few butterfly species, it would again this year if it would just stop raining for a few days.

What has been seen? Tiger Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Question Mark, Comma, Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral, American Lady, Pearl Crescent, Dusky Wing, Sulphur, Monarch, and of course Cabbage White. Not a great deal yet, but things are just getting underway. Joanna


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