THROUGH GARDENING -
2010 McMinnville Garden Club Slate of Officers:
President: Patty Sorensen
VP: Ann Silverthorne
Treasurer: Stephanie Janik
Gaye and Mike’s installation as District President and Treasurer
May 09 Calendar
May 4 & 5 Bag Ladies (& Gentlemen) on 3rd
Time to help cleanup
May 13, 2009 – Field Trip
New date: (CHANGE)
Time: Bethel Baptist Parking lot
Where: Fesslers, Bauman Farms,
Bring your own lunch and we'll eat in the gardens at Baumans.
If you didn't sign up at the meeting, no problem, just show up at BB parking at .
“How to Keep Orchids Happy”
DON’T FORGET TO PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT
“The Making a Difference Campaign” is a national garden club project. The Pioneer District is collecting inkjet, laser printer cartridges and cell phones that will be recycled. If you have any that you wish to contribute to the project please bring them to a meeting and we will forward them to the Pioneer District.
Save any bottle caps you have – the District is also collecting these
Now through May 17th. The Cecil and
Now through June 14th - N & M Herb Nursery Outlet – Rosie Sullivan, owner and proprietor of the
‘usually’ wholesale nursery in Hubbard, has a seasonal outlet open, Tuesdays
through Saturdays, 10-6. Offered are herbs, vegetable starts, tropicals,
hanging baskets, mixed pots, and specialty perennials.
April 25-May 9, 8-5 daily Hydrangeas Plus/Bell Family Nursery/Amethyst Hill Nursery ANNUAL SPRING
SALE Deciduous shrubs and ornamentals. HYDRANGEAS, azaleas, barberry,
ground covers, climbing shrubs, escallonia, heather, hibiscus, spirea,
arborvitae, viburnum and more. At or below wholesale prices!
Saturday, Friday May 2, , and Sunday, May 3, MARION COUNTY MASTER
May 2 (9-5) and Sunday, May 3 (9-4),
Festival of the Birds, Saturday, 10-3 at
Raleigh Park Garden Tour, Sunday, —, to order tickets or for information, call Connie: 503.292.5170 or visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/raleigh_park.
Inviting Vines II – A tour of private clematis
June 6th – Craft Project – Cement Stepping Stones
Two sessions for the stepping stones workshop on June 6th
One from8:30-10:30 and the other from 3-5
Cost is $30 prepaid For more info contact Patty Sorensen
April Craft Project
Button Bouquet class
GARDEN TOUR AND GARDEN FAIRE
Only two months until the Garden Tour/Faire!! The garden owners on this year’s Tour are anxiously checking their gardens to see if they lost any special plants during our cold, snowy winter. We’ll be re-visiting their gardens in early May to reassure them and answer any questions they may have.
As usual, there has been a terrific response to the sign-up sheets for helping with the Tour. Georgia and Jean have enough people to work at all of the gardens on the day of the Tour. Les has everyone he needs to help out at the Farmers Market Booth. Beryl has almost all of her helpers to put out posters and rack cards. We’re sure Kathleen and Cathy also have all the help they need for the signs. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for anything, you can always put your name down as a back-up in case someone has to cancel at the last minute. Thank you all for being generous with your time!!!
The posters, tickets and rack cards are being printed this week. A big, big thanks to Vicki Brink for doing such a great job on the layouts for us again this year!!!
Keep making a list of the plants and other items you want at the Garden Faire. Our Garden Club members are some of the best customers! We have to set a good example for all those other shoppers!
Judy Eggers Sharon Gunter
Garden Tour Co-Chairs
So much has been written about honey bees, but you rarely see any information regarding bumblebees. There are over 250 known species primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. They are characterized by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. The hair, called pile, covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy.
They are social insects with annual nests. Bumblebee nests are first constructed by over-wintered queens in the spring. Upon emerging from hibernation, the queen collects pollen and nectar from flowers and searches for a suitable nest site. The nests are often found in old rodent burrows, compost piles, woodpiles or cavities underneath sidewalks. Once she has found a site, she prepares wax pots to store food and wax cells into which eggs are laid. After the emergence of the first or second group of workers, workers take over the task of foraging and the queen spends most of her time laying eggs and caring for the larvae. Bumblebees do not produce large amounts of honey, only enough to feed the developing young. The colony grows progressively larger and at some point will begin to produce males and new queens. Mature nests will hold fewer than 50 individuals. New queens and males leave the colony after maturation. Males in particular are forcibly driven out by the workers. The queens are eventually mated and burrow into the ground where they spend the winter in hibernation. The workers, males, and old queen perish in the fall.
Bumblebees are normally docile and will only sting if provoked or if their nest is in danger. (However, I have been chased away more than once when I got too close to a bee in a rhododendron bush!) Unlike honey bees, they have a smooth stinger and can sting repeatedly.
The loud buzzing is the result of the bee vibrating its flight muscles which is especially pronounced in bumblebees, as they warm up their bodies considerably to get airborne at low ambient temperatures.
Just like honey bees, bumblebees are very beneficial as they pollinate a wide variety of crop and ornamental plants.
May is the time for a profusion of color in flowers and a time to admire the beautiful and diversified landscapes all around our neighborhoods. It is a time for potting, repotting, planting and weeding, pruning and digging in our gardens. In other words it is a time of vigorous activity as we “addicted gardeners” work long hours as the days grow warmer.
This month our club will also be involved in vigorous activity as we prepare for our annual fund-raiser (FUN-RAISER) that supports our club’s project and programs. Sharon Gunter and Judy Eggers have been preparing, organizing and contributing many details to ensure the success of our annual event. Included in this detail scheduling is the “behind the scenes work” of Joanne Dewitt, Julie Hughes and Elsie Carpenter who are working to make sure we have quality and diversification in the chosen vendors.
Please think about inviting your friends and neighbors to this wonderful well-planned event. At this month’s meeting each member will be given 4 tickets to sell. Maybe you will quickly sell your four tickets and ask for more to sell?
It will take all our members to accomplish and complete all the tasks in a timely manner can we count on you? I hope we can.
2009 State Garden Club registration form for the June Convention in
Pioneer District Newsletter
State web site
of the Month for the Web page
BULBS: Don’t cut off those Daffodil and Tulip leaves!!! http://flowergardens.suite101.com/article.cfm/daffodil_care http://www.tulipreview.com/plant_tulip/Tulip-Care-After-Blossoms-Die.html
LAWN: Did your lawn suffer Snow Mold this winter? A huge increase in this has been reported this year due to our prolonged snow in December. Read about it: http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/snowmolds.html
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PROTECT YOUR TRANSPLANTS