Bees at Work!

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Bee on bee balm

Creation of our pollinator garden has brought greater consciousness to the amazing industry of pollinators and the interplay of plants, pollinators, and people. The service they provide, day after day, pollinating our tomatoes, peppers, squashes, etc., is fascinating and makes us more aware of the importance of providing them with food and shelter and protecting them from pesticides.

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Bee on echinacea

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Tiny bee on sunflower – coordinated colors

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Bees love the borage!

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Canillas Organic Herb Garden

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The organic herb garden at Canillas is available to all gardeners.  Here you will find chives, thyme, sage, basil, parsley, tarragon, dill, oregano, and other herbs. Helen Brody, an adventurous cook who has been tending the garden, suggests: “Try several chopped fresh herbs generously sprinkled over a salad, over olive oil-tossed pasta.” Feel free to experiment!

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Pilfering in the Garden

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A woman with a shopping bag was spotted, going from bed to bed, taking vegetables from Canillas gardens.  Did she misunderstand the meaning of “community” in community garden? We are putting up signs to make it clear. As if there were not challenge enough with our resident woodchuck family!

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Magnolia to Honor Cindy Heath

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Merrill Magnolia to honor Cindy Heath

A Merrill magnolia tree has been planted at Canillas to honor former Lebanon Parks and Recreation Director, Cindy Heath. The magnolia is a replacement for the original crab apple tree planted when Cindy retired; that tree was damaged by a hungry critter several winters ago.  Henry Homeyer, the “Gardening Guy”,  has this to say about the Merrill magnolia: ” My Merrill magnolia is one of my favorite trees. Mine is about 20 or 25 years old, and is roughly 30 feet tall with a 20 foot spread. When it blooms the flowers are bountiful – a thousand, perhaps – and magnificent. Each blossom is about 3 inches across and lightly fragrant. I recommend them as specimen trees in the middle of a lawn or field in full sun.” Our new magnolia is now planted, in full sun, and we look forward to a springtime of many fragrant magnolia blooms.

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Progress on Our New Pollinator Garden!

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Pollinator Garden

Our new pollinator garden is planted, and, miraculously, with the exception of a nibble on the borage, the plants have escaped our resident woodchucks!  Alyssum, thyme, echinacea, lavender, lance-leaf coreopsis, liatris, johnny-jump-ups, nicotiana, lupine, black-eyed susans, marigolds, bee balm, borage, chives, and sunflowers are doing well.  Late Spring through Fall, the pollen of the flowers will provide food for a variety of pollinators.  Small logs, sticks, and wood chips offer shelter. A shallow water bowl is in place .  .  .  as is a bee box, a ” bee condo” for mason bees and/or nesting box for leaf-cutter bees. As these plants bloom, we hope to welcome bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to our garden!

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Bee Box on Garden Sign

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The Canillas Pollinator Garden has been created through the efforts of gardeners  Suzanne Church, Polly Gould, Cherry Angell, and Pat McGovern. (Thanks also to Lihlani Skipper for all that digging!) We are grateful for the inspiration and information provided by Barbara Mcllroy and the Upper Valley Pollinator Partners

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Iris Time!

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The spiral garden at Canillas goes through many beautiful phases; iris time is a personal favorite.  The yellows come first and then the purples start blooming, adding a visual depth and contrast. The overview is lovely .  .  . but so is each individual iris.

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Giant Allium

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This is the first year for our giant alliums. They’ve done well. And the white peonies . . . aren’t they lovely!

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