The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged master gardeners

  • What’s Blooming? Amelanchier

    Ginger Laurits
    | May 20, 2018 | Filed under: Observations

    This common and casual shrub is called serviceberry, wild currant, shadbush, and sometimes So-Delicious-It’s-Sinful-Berry.

  • What's Blooming? Eastern Sweet Pepperbush

    Ginger Laurits
    | August 15, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Clethra alnifolia is easy to grow, beautiful all season, tough, and a big attractor of pollinators. Plant it in your garden to help our native bees.

  • What's Blooming? Eastern Red Columbine

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 30, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    Eastern red columbine is a great plant for the natural shade garden. Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and moths savor the nectar, and you can add its blossoms to your salad.

  • What's Blooming? Pussy Toes

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 2, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

    This low-growing, native perennial wildflower has few needs and tolerates full sun or part shade, dry conditions, and poor soil. What more could a gardener ask?

  • What's Blooming? Goldenrod

    Ginger Laurits
    | August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    We have 19 native goldenrod species in Maine, but they're not to blame for itchy eyes and runny noses. The real culprit is ragweed, which blooms at the same time and is pollinated by wind.

  • What's Blooming? Liatris and Bee Balm

    Ginger Laurits
    | July 25, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    Pollinator heaven: The purples and pinks of bee balm and liatris.

  • What's Blooming? Elderberry!

    Ginger Laurits
    | June 20, 2016 | Filed under: Observations

    Elderberry is a pioneer species that is found in disturbed and open areas. It displays opposite branching, deeply cut green leaves, and creamy, flat-topped blossoms. Its berries are important food for birds.

  • Naming Native Plants

    | July 28, 2015

    Wild columbine blooming in the native plant garden, with a identification sign and eastern chipmunk also pictured.Flowers and foliage abound in the native plant border that welcomes visitors to the reserve. York County Master Gardener volunteers have nurtured the garden over a decade to form a gorgeous display.

    This spring, they added new plant identification signs to the garden. The signs were made for us by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and underwritten by a memorial gift.

    The family of Nat “Buddy” Wright, a docent and volunteer here back in the 1990s, felt this tribute was a perfect fit. We’re pleased that Buddy’s interest in teaching others about nature is being extended through these signs, which give the common and scientific names for almost 50 species:

  • Building a Hoop House

    | September 3, 2013

    We're setting the stage for growing vegetables throughout our Maine winter with the installation of a hoop house alongside our existing garden. Thanks to York County Master Gardeners for constructing it as part of our joint workshop series.

    Hoop house under construction during York County Master Gardener workshopThis hoop house is a modified Gothic-arch high-tunnel design oriented roughly east/west and is light weight and movable (a movable greenhouse allows soil to be restored by sun, rain, and deep-rooted cover crops). Row covers of translucent fabric, such as Agribon or Remay, will be laid over a wire armature to offer an additional layer of cold weather protection.