Monday, April 16, 2012

On gardening: Shadbush, soap, and save-the-date notes

I drove out to Bob's Trees in West Galway (NY) and finally bought the shadbush (AKA, serviceberry, shadblowI've been wanting to add to our northern garden. The tree nursery is an impressive operation and the very knowledgeable young man who helped me was a terrific resource. If you live anywhere near Saratoga County and need any trees or shrubs, check out Bob's Trees. They have a lot of locally grown stuff, acres and acres of it, and much of it is quite large. They also carry some smaller commercially grown shrubs and trees. For a fair fee, they will deliver and plant what you buy.

I have never been able to garden with gloves on. I find it's just too hard to pick out weeds and trim in tight spots unless I use my bare hands. Thus, my hands get filthy and scratched up when I work outside. I have come to love this fancy soap indulgence: Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardeners Hand Scrub with pumice. It ain't cheap but it really does the job. Sometimes I can find it on sale in the off season. But since I don't spend a lot of money on makeup and girly products, I don't feel too guilty about buying something that works and helps to keep my hands looking civilized.

Some dates to save:

June 9, Saturday: Soroptimist International of Schenectady Garden Tour, 10 am to 4 pm. Tour nine gardens in Schenectady County. Call 885-9710 for more info.

July 8, Sunday:  Soroptimist International of Saratoga, Secret Gardens Tour, 11am - 5pm. Click here for more details.

And check out The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Directory to find information about gardens you can visit throughout America. You can purchase a copy of the directory or click on the "Open Days" link for a schedule here. You can also find information about public gardens in your area or near where you may be travelling. My sister gave me a copy of the directory again this year as a birthday gift. I very much enjoyed the Vermont gardens I was able to visit through this program last year.

Happy Gardening!