All free programs are 45 minutes in length. Story of the Monarch Butterfly, followed by a flower search in the garden, and ending with a simple butterfly craft. Program is for children 4-7 years old and they must be accompanied by three adults for each group of 21 children. Reservations required: 281-469-3173 or email@example.com.
No rain date. Reservation deadline: Noon, April 30.
Volunteers have come along beside garden club members recently and made a big difference for the garden. Help with weeding, rock work, transplants, watering and garden sign fabrication is truly appreciated! Some helpers are pictured here.
There are many old-fashioned favorites among the spirea as well as many newly developed favorites. In fact, some varieties have been used in gardens for over 300 years. A member of the rose family, spireas are tough plants. Distinguished by their size, bloom color and season of bloom, spireas all have small leaves and fine, twiggy branches. Once established, they are drought tolerant.
Ours is a spring blooming variety rather than summer known as Bridal Wreath and grows by the fence post at north end of the garden. It was purchased at Arbor Gate and planted last spring. We hope it will continue to grow and bloom in the spring for many years. Enjoy especially from the vantage point of the gazebo.
"LADY BUG RELEASE" Daisies Girl Scout Troop No. 11019 has a special event planned for April 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM. They are collecting lady bugs as a project and have arranged to release them in the Matzke Park Butterfly Garden on that Saturday afternoon. They also have offered to help clean the garden.
WORKDAY for April will be combined with the release so we can work together to get the garden ready for the children's program and garden party. We hope to have family participation making this a fun "Muscle Man" type of workday.
MONARCHS ARE BACK apparently. Three monarch caterpillars were seen on milkweed in the garden yesterday and one fritillary caterpillar was found on a passion vine. Host plants are growing well. We do need to be sure the dead milkweed stems are cut back to the ground to avoid spread of the OE spores. Otherwise, it's regular maintenance and a gardener's patience...
With the windy days we are having, gardens are drying out more quickly. Especially the Butterfly Garden in the open space of the park. Please help us supplement irrigation with hand watering due to winds and also for the newly planted flowers.
Dill (Anethum graveolens) is either a perennial or annualherb. It is the sole species of the genus Anethum. The name "dill" is derived from the Old English word "dile." This plant is a butterfly host plant growing in the south fence row bed. It survived the freeze and is thriving with bloom this week.
Dill grows to 16–24 inches with slender stems and alternate, finely divided, softly delicate leaves 3.9–7.9 inches long. The leaves are threadlike and less than 1 mm broad. The flowers are white to yellow, in small umbels. The seeds are 4–5 mm long and 1 mm thick, and straight to slightly curved with a longitudinally ridged surface.
Fresh and dried dill leaves (sometimes called "dill weed" to distinguish it from dill seed) are widely used as herbs in for culinary purposes such as soups, pickles and fish. It is best when used fresh as it loses its flavor rapidly if dried; however, freeze-dried dill leaves retain their flavor relatively well for a few months.
In Santa Maria, Azores, dill is the most important ingredient of the traditional Holy Ghost soup (sopa do Espírito Santo). Dill is found practically everywhere in Santa Maria and is curiously rare in the other Azorean Islands.
Successful cultivation requires warm to hot summers with high sunshine levels; even partial shade will reduce the yield substantially. It also prefers rich, well drained soil. The seeds are viable for three to ten years. The seed is harvested by cutting the flower heads off the stalks when the seed is beginning to ripen. The seed heads are placed upside down in a paper bag and left in a warm, dry place for a week. The seeds then separate from the stems easily for storage in an airtight container.