Garden Hangout

We’ve been busy in the garden this year! You may notice, as you walk through, that there are colorful signs sticking out of the beds.

Thank Goodness for Trees

We’ve had hot temperatures for extended periods lately. I think we all need to give a nod to trees, which are nature’s cooling system. Trees can cool the air temperature 10 degrees, and the ground temperature between sun and shade can differ by 36 degrees!

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, in “Forest Notes”

Lately, residents have made seed balls and have patiently waited for the Praying Mantis’ to hatch. July will be all about butterflies and the plants that attract them. August will bring an array of unusual plants that will amaze and astound us. We’re also experimenting with making plant impressions, so watch for the artwork in each house. Remember to water yourselves as well as your plants – we don’t want any of you wilting!

Ripe for Grazing

Gardening Resident

Feel free to wander through the Elite Care gardens and pick fresh, delicious snacks. Lettuce and other greens are ripe and ready to eat, as are strawberries, peas, cherries, blueberries, and herbs. But remember this safety tip: if you aren’t positive what it is, don’t eat it!

We had rose displays at each campus the week after the Rose Parade, and the fragrances were lovely. Looking ahead, we’ll have a study on all sorts of garden insects and look at some preserved in resin. We’ll hatch our own praying mantis egg case at each campus, and release around 150 babies into the gardens. The seeds were also sown in spring to create a special butterfly habitat, which we’ll raise at each campus as well.