Club PO Box 386, McMinnville, OR
503-434-4344 December 2010
Way to Go Rakettes !!!!
A huge thank you to Norma Parker and Judy Wilkerson for their leadership. AND a big thank you to Elmer for driving his antique fire truck and to Chuck for his decorated pickup. We were also supported by Buchanan Cellars for the birdseed and to Kraemer’s for the loan of the live Christmas tree.
December 20, 2010 – MEETING and LUNCH
payments/reservations need to be to Stephanie by DECEMBER 13th.
SURE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US!!!
Hillside Retirement Community “Activity Room” at the Manor
900 N. Hill Road McMinnville, OR 97128
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT
9:30a.m. - 10:00a.m. - Social time
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Business Meeting and FUN:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - All Aboard!! Our December Program will include two technology stops. First is Victoria, BC for their gorgeous light/plant displays and another one in Leavenworth, WA to enjoy their Holiday Cheer. AND a photo journey thru our year. All passengers will be treated to additional holiday fun activities. Dress in a holiday spirit but remember, you don’t need to dress warm for this train trip! We will be taking the journey right from our seats at the bruncheon…..
At our November meeting we decided to again this year support Henderson House as our Season of Giving donations at our December meeting. Their needs this year have increased due to their numbers and less donations. We hope you’ll bring items from the list below or gift cards to WalMart, cash works too. Please mark the gift cards with the amount of the card via pen. Employees take their clients to WalMart to purchase personal hygiene needs and medications under supervision. The shelter is allowed to buy food from the Oregon Food Bank (cheaper than the grocery and by the pound), however sugar* & coffee* are typically unavailable.
Shelter clients can always use:
Ibuprofen and other pain relievers
Cough, cold, & flu meds & syrups for babies, children, & adults
Deodorant (don’t have any right now)
NEW ladies socks & underwear
Wal-Mart gift card (helps with prescriptions)
December 6 and 7 - Wreath and Hanging Basket Making Workshop
This year has been an incredible year for our Garden Club. I’ve enjoyed even our business meetings, great speakers, fun arts and crafts, learning more about our common interest of gardens, our field trips, our SUPERB tour/faire, the Rakettes and the camaraderie that abounds with our members. All your energies put together create one fabulous group of people. It has really been a pleasure to participate in the garden club for the past seven years. I look forward to many more!
I’m also looking forward to ending this calendar year with a big bang at our Christmas Bruncheon on the 20th. Since we’ve already experienced snow and cold, I’m sure it be will sunny and dry on the 20th??? Sure hope to see most of you there for the merriment and companionship. I thank you all for your energy, attendance, smiles and participation in club activities. A club is only as good as its members and you folks are the BEST……..by the way, that is the secret word…..
THE Next Blackberry Vine??????
INVASIVE WEED -American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
established and causes damage.
Description: A large, smooth-leaved, branching herb from a large, perennial rootstock, with green, red, or purple stems • Leaves alternate and simple; flowers white, on a long stem, more or less erect; fruit a dark purple berry composed of 5-12 segments fused in a ring, the stem drooping • P. rigida differs by having shorter, erect fruiting stems.
History: This plant is native to southeastern US and has the potential to become very difficult to eradicate in the Pacific Northwest’s moist, moderate climate • This plant was likely brought to this region for landscaping interest • Many parts of this plant are highly toxic and may cause death if eaten.
Control: Pokeweed is a perennial plant, which means the stems, leaves, and flowers die each year, but the roots (and therefore the plant) live through the winter • In Spring, each plant will send up new stems and leaves • The large tuberous root system must be dug out and disposed of. This plant has sometimes been mistaken for Japanese knotweed, another invasive species in northwestern Oregon, due to its hollow red stems and large ovate to lanceolate leaves.
For more information:
Prepared by Kathy Shearin, EMSWCD Program Coordinator, Sustainable Urban Landscapes,
MEET JUDY WILKERSON by Rosemary Vertregt
Judy Wilkerson may be petite, but her contributions to our club are many and varied. My first encounter with Judy occurred when several of us were on “ Bag Lady”duty on Third Street -- here was a fresh new face! She had not yet paid membership dues, but she joined in with clippers and broom, and her enthusiastic personality, and became one of us right then.
Judy and Chuck also volunteer at Henderson House; she helps with organizing and sorting donations, and Chuck works as All-round Handyman. They are fortunate to have their family nearby: a daughter in Oregon City, son in Gresham, and daughter in Camas. Of course, these families include their five grandchildren and their 4 ½ great grandchildren. The Wilkerson family also includes one extremely fluffy Maine Coon cat named Cy, who was formerly the Henderson House cat-in-residence.
When I first moved to my McMinnville home, I often heard frogs singing, although it puzzled me that I never saw a single frog. At times I would walk slowly toward the sound I heard, but the sound stopped if I came too close. The frogs made such a loud noise that I assumed I was hearing bullfrogs.
They are so large; why couldn’t I see at least one? One day, while walking on our lawn, a small green blob jumped away from my foot. Could this tiny thing be the singer?
Yes, it was and if
you hear frogs croaking in your garden, they are likely the Pacific tree frog, the most common frog
in Oregon. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Pacific
tree frog is one of three native frogs in our area. (The bullfrog is an
invasive species.) During breeding season, huge numbers of male tree frogs can
create an incredible din. The males hide in grass and shrubs and fill up their
throat with air to make their calls. Their call is so distinctive that ever
since the days of the first talking pictures,
“Tree” frog is not an appropriate name anyway since this frog has the ability to climb trees but rarely does. They are the smallest amphibian on the west coast, growing to ¾”-2” as adults. Mating season can last from early winter to early spring. In fact, I have been hearing just a few of them singing recently in my neighborhood, although November doesn’t seem like the right time, does it? (How long can eggs survive in a rain puddle?) A female lays 500-1,200 eggs each year. Usually she lays eggs in groups of 10-70, and to us it would probably look like slimy jelly attached to grass or stems in the water.
How do you provide habitat for these native frogs? You probably already do. Any garden that provides water, plants and cover will meet most of these frogs’ needs. Frogs can use logs, rocks, and brush piles. If you want to help them out even more, the OSU Extension Service provides information on building a simple pond at http://extension.oregonstate.edu
Pioneer District Newsletter
Club Calendar of Events
Tidbits About Mushrooms: http://mysite.ncnetwork.net/pnwma1/DownLoads.html
December Garden Tasks: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/calendar/#december
Keeping Xmas Trees and Greens Fresh http://www.humeseeds.com/xmastre.htm