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Green Dreamers Update: September Gardening Plans

Welcome to September! It's "back to school" and "back to work" for many, and for Old Ottawa South's Green Dreamers it's "back to gardening."

sunflower at oplOnce again we're looking for your feedback.

Officially, we would like to kick off our September gardening "Fall Season" on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., with some new plants for our public garden beds. 

Since Sunnyside & Bank remains one of our key gateways, we would like to suggest that we focus our efforts on the two gardens outside the Dollar Store & Taylor's. In July an OOS resident & neighbour contacted Green Dreamers offering us a portion of their mature perennial gardens, enough for at least two beds and likely more. Key to a successful transplant will be location (light & soil conditions) and consistent watering afterwards. So, uppermost on our minds is gardening strategically, taking on what we can handle, and narrowing our focus so that come Spring we will witness the early growth of this year's labour.

Brian Ure and I will be updating you again within the next couple of days identifying what plants are at our disposal this Wednesday, September 7th, the  number of cars (likely two) needed, and how many Green Dreamers are available to make this transplant happen.

The perennials we wish to transplant are located on Rosedale (very close). If we have at least 6-8 people on Wednesday we could easily transport the mature perennials and prepare their new home (weeding, digging) on the same day (Wednesday morning). If Green Dreamers are available for some weeding this Saturday, we could also plan to meet (informally) to prepare the soil. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. what works for you. I'll be able to gauge by your response.

In the meantime, Brian and I will prepare a list of the plants at Rosedale and advise you before Wednesday. If you have more perennials from other locations, please resend your email. I know that we have some Russian Sage out there, plus more daisies, so remind us again. We want to include as many perennials as possible in this next gardening "push."

Thank you to all Green Dreamers who have weeded, watered, and pruned independently this last month. Your commitment is an inspiration to us all!

Update for Wednesday, September 7, 2016

On Wednesday, September 7th, at 8:30 a.m., we will meet at 58 Rosedale, (2 blocks west of Bank, in between Sunnyside & Aylmer).
We have two cars available: thank you to Brian Ure and Barbara Dempsey. We hope to dig up garden perennials, under Judy Flavin's guidance, and transport these to the SW corner of Bank & Sunnyside. The list of available plants include the following: small bunch of lavender, 4 or 5 spirea, several clumps of black-eyed susans, heart-leafed brunnera, echineachia, daisies, large clump of sempervivium (hens & chicks), one healthy flox bush, one large barberry bush, hosta, geranium, sedum & other ground cover, and jerusalem artichoke.
The strategy to date is to fill or amplify what plantings already exist at Sunnyside & Bank on both the SW & SE sides. 
As you will notice, not all our plantings from last year survived. Missing are several spirea, no hypericum (some day lilies have been planted in their stead), maybe one bunch of echinacea, no solidago (golden rod) which did very well in the rain gardens. We'r hoping to keep to the original design plans and to adapt by increasing the spirea, day lillies, echinacea, and creeping geranium, adding where suitable daisies, black-eyed susans, flox, hens & chicks, etc.
On the SE side (Taylor's), it would seem that we could increase the hosta (we have lots, including some that seem hard pressed outside the Dollar Store) and add more ground cover. The idea is to amplify or fill in both gardens to increase abundance and shade at the root level. 
We will likely have more than what we will be able to use, but we can decide Wednesday morning where & when to plant next. 
Wednesday should be fun! There'll be lots of planning and digging and hopefully more room for all our imaginations to take root. See you:
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at 58 Rosedale and then at Sunnyside & Bank.