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On a cold and blustery November 3rd the MGAA held its 2nd annual general meeting in Calgary. It was hosted by MGAA members from southern Alberta and included members online from Edmonton. Financial reports were reviewed and approved and the new 2013-14 MGAA Board of Directors announced. Following the AGM discussions took place regarding plans for 2014 for southern Alberta.
The Association strives to provide members and gardening enthusiasts opportunities for advanced and experiential learnings; tours to interesting but often unknown horticultural gems; advice on and hands-on experience with knowledgeable horticulturists and provide a gardening service to the public. Should the activities offer opportunities to network and connect, all the ingredients for a perfect event for a master gardener are included.
As the snow has arrived gardeners sit back and reflect on the garden of 2013 but their thoughts quickly move to the possibilities for their garden 2014. Master gardeners are dreamers and love to explore new trends in gardening and sustainable gardening practices as they contemplate next year. MGAA hopes to contribute to the wistful process this winter by offering some new and innovative programs to help you envision your garden 2014. Stay tuned in as more details unfold.
Beware of Friends Bearing Gifts.
- Glynn Wright
The Greater Celandine Poppy, Chelidonium majus, that’s maybe where it started. A friend had this successful yellow-flowering plant with “cool” leaves – and said I could have some. He seemed to be able to maintain a flourishing garden most of our growing season, so I happily accepted his offer. After maybe three years I wanted to re-arrange part of the garden and dug out the poppies. Now, about twelve years later, I am still discovering the flowering and seeding poppies. They grow almost invisibly, under horizontal junipers, then suddenly they are in bloom and seeding. Of course such success spread to the neighbours’ yard too. I have not tried the native, eastern celandine, Stylophorum diphyllum, – perhaps they are easier to control, but I suspect not.
In 2003 I was entranced by the rich red colour of the leaves of Mountain Spinach, or Red Orach , Atriplex hortensis atrosanguinea Rubra, which a good gardener friend gave me, and grew happily in by back lane to provide a tall background to shorter plants: some reverted to green leaves, but by and large they were ideal to this semi-neglected spot. Time came for a change but it has taken me over three years to eliminate them, but I still see the seedlings emerging from secretive locations behind tall perennials.