SUSTAINABLE GARDENING TIP: Choose native plants for all seasons (spring and summer flowers, late blooming fall asters and goldenrods, and winter plants that retain their seeds) when creating landscape beds. Native plants require minimal amounts a water, fertilzer, and pesticides. A variety of plants helps create a healthy environment.
Congratulations to Nancy Percivall, recipient of the Bernie Robertson Award for 2023. Nancy was recognized at the Greater Crofton Community Awards Celebration for her outstanding service and dedication to the Crofton Village Garden Club.
Front Row: Camille DeVito, Nancy Percivall and Gail Schulz
Back Row: Littany Hollerbach, Cindy Hansen, Margo Antonelli, Rosa Johnson and Pat Stevenson
Led by Project Chair Gail Schulz, members Margo Antonelli, Camille DeVito, Cindy Hansen, Littany Hollerbach, Rosa Johnson, Nancy Percivall and Pat Stevenson attend the fall clean-up of the Pollinator Garden at Crofton Library.
The Pollinator Garden is a "stepping stone" on the Anne Arundel County Pollinator Pathway.
Horticulture Chair Nancy Percivall shared a spicy autumn-blooming beauty with us – the Saffron crocus.
This unique crocus blooms in the fall. Its fragrant lavender blooms add beauty to the fall landscape. But what makes them really pop is the brilliant red stamens used to make the world's most expensive spice – saffron. This plant likes to live in zones 3-8, in well-draining soil, with full sun. Plant the corms “pointy side” up, two inches apart and four inches deep, allowing six weeks to bloom. It takes several years for the plants to produce a good crop of saffron, which is harvested from the red stamins and dried out for a few weeks before use. Once dried and stored, the saffron is good for approximately two years before losing potency. Saffron crocus corms are different than bulbs, and fakes can be identified by soaking them in water or dissecting them to determine the density of the corm (which should not look like a typical bulb).