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GARDEN CLUB NEWS: Summer slips away for local gardeners

October 5, 2018
By JINI HOOD , Lake Placid News

Summer is slipping, or blowing away. The thermometer is gradually showing lower temperatures and you are reaching for a blanket at night.

Flowery blouses and white sandals give way to fleece vests and sturdy boots. Stores have 70 percent off sales on beach towels while Halloween candy and Christmas decorations are filling the shelves. No doubt your mailbox has many garden catalogs featuring bulbs for fall planting.

You may be sitting in a high open area such as Cobble Hill in Lake Placid or Cobble Lookout in Wilmington, or just walking along a trail and notice a number of monarch butterflies. Their annual migration to Texas and Mexico takes place in late September through early October. It is an amazing journey of up to 3000 miles and they will not return. The next generation of these monarchs will hatch in the wintering ground and make the trip north in the spring. Hummingbirds also migrate south to the Gulf Coast and Central America.

The garden is ready for a change. Tall plants are beginning to droop, the foliage of ferns and lilies has turned brown. Bring out the clippers, and cut back the foliage to the ground, composting the dead leaves. Note that plants with seed heads like echinacea and sunflowers should be left to provide nourishment for birds. Hydrangea blossoms can be cut to make an indoor bouquet. Fill the spaces in the garden with chrysanthemums and asters.

Now that the trees are changing colors, you may want to preserve especially nice leaves by dipping them in melted wax. This is a fun activity with children and will make a colorful addition to a vase of fall flowers or greens. Another activity for children is breaking open milkweed pods and letting the wind carry the seeds into the fields.

The next meeting of the Garden Club will take place at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at noon at Generations restaurant on Main Street in Lake Placid. Shelley Hough, owner of "Willy Nilly" nursery in Saranac Lake will discuss how to decorate with and care for mums. Reservations should be made immediately with Mary Merrill at 518-523-2933 or by emailing The luncheon is $20, and checks should be sent to the Garden Club of Lake Placid, P.O. Box 984, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

Also in October, members will be at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 to make fall decorations with the residents. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, there will a work session at the Triangle Garden. On Thursday, Oct. 18, the adopt-a-highway workers will meet at 9 a.m. at Simply Gourmet.

The November meeting will be at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Kate Smith Library at the Crowne Plaza Resort. The speaker will be the ever popular Tim Wood from the Price Chopper floral department will be talking about "Holiday Sparkle, Putting Our Tools Away For the Season" and more. Reservations and luncheon payment should be made with Mary Merrill as above.

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