Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club

 

Members of the Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club

The Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club is a gardening club for those who live in Blackhawk or belong to the Blackhawk Country Club to share a love of flowers and all things gardening. We enjoy monthly meetings featuring luncheon programs at the Blackhawk Country Club alternating with bus trips to area attractions. Member socials have made meeting new friends easier and also informative in seeing what grows in fellow members gardens!

Interested In Joining?

Find out more about the club, including planned events for this year and join the Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Club today!

Members

Be sure to read monthly newsletter for all members with upcoming events, important announcements, special discounts, new members and photos.

This entry was posted on December 7, 2013, in Newsletter.

Tips for Water Conservation in your Garden by Home Depot

Watering when it rainsPrecious water is vital to any garden, but unfortunately, it can be easily wasted on a lawn or landscape. In fact, during the summer, half of all household water use goes to the lawn and garden. The good news is there are things you can do to dramatically reduce water consumption, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.

8 STEPS TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN MORE WATERWISE:

  1. Plant trees and shrubs when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees and before the heat of summer. Remember, the best time to plant is fall.
  2. Choose waterwise or native plants such as ornamental grasses, succulents, silver-foliage plants and tough perennials.
  3. Water slowly and more deeply in the morning. This enables you to water less frequently. Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses. If you have a professional irrigation system, install a rain sensor.
  4. Install rain barrels.
  5. Create a rain garden to capture runoff.
  6. Choose large pots. Use terra cotta only for succulents or cacti. Terra cotta pots absorb water.
  7. Install a drip irrigation kit with a timer for containers.
  8. Use biodegradable mulch. Don’t mix wood mulch into the soil layer. Instead, allow it to decay in place. If you live in a wooded area, use shredded leaves or pine straw instead of chopped wood as mulch.
This entry was posted on April 5, 2015, in Newsletter.

Blackhawk Bloomers Garden Tour – Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Spend a lovely spring afternoon touring four beautiful Blackhawk gardens. Afterward, enjoy a delicious dinner (no host cocktails) and music by James Glantz in a perfect setting surrounded by beautiful floral centerpieces in the Blackhawk Country Club Ballroom.

4:00 PM – Garden tour {four gardens}

6:00 PM – Dinner & Entertainment

$ 60.00 per person Reservation deadline May 8th, 2015

[Special event reservation policy in effect]

This entry was posted on April 5, 2015, in Newsletter.

“On The Level” Rooftop Garden Tour

A walking tour of roof-top gardens and waterfalls in downtown San Francisco

One percent of the funds spent on any private building in San Francisco must go toward public spaces. Sometimes this is an art exhibit in the lobby of a building. Sometimes it is a waterfall (there are 10 along the route) or a rooftop garden with beautiful views.

Many of these features are unknown to the general public. For more info visit www.onthelevelsf.com OR sf-planning.org POPOS (privately owned public spaces) and Public Art in SF.

THURSDAY April 23, 2015

Cost: $85 Transportation by Black Tie
Meet at 8:45 at Eagle’s Nest Parking Lot
Bus leaves at 9:00 am!

Lunch: B44 Catalan Bistro – A preset family style menu of Spanish Tapas and Mixed Seafood, Chicken and Chorizo Paella (vegetarian option available) is included in your ticket price.
Return home approximately 3:30 pm

Sign up deadline is April 9th. The tour capacity is 25 (If there is still space available after this date it will be possible to invite guests.) This is a ticketed event so you will “own” the ticket.

This entry was posted on April 5, 2015, in Newsletter.

President’s Corner

Sharon

Dear Bloomers,

When was the last time you walked in the grass……..with or without shoes? Growing up in the Midwest, it was a rite of spring to take off our shoes and socks and feel the soft, green feathery carpet beneath our feet. We tried our best of avoid a

bee sting, but if we did get one, our moms had plenty of cures for our tender soles. No one seemed to be allergic to bee stings back then, so we would grin and bear it after the initial “ouch.” Nowadays, I actually think twice or thrice before I walk on grass. I feel guilty “messing” it up, whether it’s at a neighbor’s or at the Club.

Grass may quite possibly become an extinct species with our ongoing drought. With the new California State water restrictions and mandated lawn watering of two days a week, I doubt that it will be possible to maintain many of emerald green lawns that we have become accustomed to. So, we must consider alternatives.Native plants seem to be a viable alternative according to many garden centers but many lawns in our particular area may not be the right configuration or are simply too large for the random flowering and sprouting of California natives.

The Diablo Foothills District of California Garden Clubs, of which Bloomers belong, recently featured a presentation, “Kiss Your Grass Goodbye,” by Sarah Sutton. A landscape architect for 30 years, Ms. Sutton has a new book called The New American Front Yard (Find it on Amazon), in which she gives creative, innovative and sustainable possibilities to help homeowners imagine and implement drought tolerate ideas. If you’d like to investigate further, KissYourGrassGoodbye.com is her interactive, informative and resource filled website.

Californian Homeowners Associations have become much more lenient in their rules regarding artificial grass, so you may want to consider this avenue, too. In the meantime, however, I haven’t given up on thinking, hoping and praying for rain. Wouldn’t it be fun to slosh around in some puddles this spring and summer?! And, to be able to give our grass and our thirsty state huge drink of water? Gulp!!

Happy gardening!

Sharon

This entry was posted on April 5, 2015, in Newsletter.

President’s Corner

Sharon

Once upon a time, in a hamlet called Blackhawk, there lived a multitude of gardeners. Within the acres and acres of hills and valleys and plains of the community, there developed a club called the Blackhawk Bloomers. The Bloomers have continued to beautify this hamlet year in and year out.

Imagine the hours and the planning that have taken place in the

planting and growing of the various trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables in our yards over the years. Some of us Bloomers might be on our second or third landscape since its inception. We either don’t like the plantings of a previous owner or what we planted didn’t like the soil and balked at flourishing. As with nature, our gardens are ever evolving. Which is okay……changing plants can be cathartic.

Do you have any new plans for your yard in the coming year? With the lovely precipitation that we’ve had thus far this winter, it certainly seems more feasible to start planning. Here’s hoping that Mother Nature will keep blessing us with her flow of happy tears.

My husband and I have given up trying to outsmart the gophers, voles and other silent, destructive creatures of the earth. We are going to hardscape our back yard.
It is a small (aka minuscule by some standards) yard. We have lived in this house for about a decade and we have only enjoyed a grassy backyard a couple of those years. Granted, we live on the golf course, but when the previous owner disclosed that there were associated critters, we were not prepared for the increased population of said critters. When the latest census was taken and they outnumbered the birds that poop on our wrought iron fence, well-, you get the picture.

So, as the landscape architect proceeds with his plans and we proceed with converting our thoughts from in-ground gardening to container gardening, I’ll keep you posted on the progress. It will be fun to have a new project for the new year.

As we Bloomers start 2015, I’d like to thank all of you for your participation and support at our monthly meetings and various outings. As you know, the Bloomer Board is not a paid position in our little hamlet. The ladies who plan and organize this Club are truly extraordinary women with the love of gardening. They share their talents and time with us all year and for that, may we raise our glasses and toast them……and 2015……SALUTE !!!!!!

Sharon

This entry was posted on April 5, 2015, in Newsletter.