OCTOBER 2008 CALENDAR
October 20th -
Meeting/Program: Mike Darcy, host of In
the Garden Radio Show
To hear podcasts of previous shows head to:
October 21st The
Garden Club's craft interest group will be
President’s Message – Cathy Burdett
Thyme after Thyme
Thank you for the support and participation in our September organizational meeting. Although the club agenda was extensive, we completed it on time, thanks to you!
We have a well organized club that accomplishes many projects in our community, thanks to you!
Our club is energetic and enthusiastic in creating “interest groups” that focus on specific topics, thanks to you!
Remember the analogy that our club is like an elegantly crafted, finely tuned, valuable American antique watch (82 years old) that continues to tick, tick, tick in time, year after year, thanks to you!
· Judy made a motion to approve the proposed 2008-2009 club operating budget; it was seconded by Ann. Patty placed the motion before the club for further discussion; she restated the motion and put the motion to a vote; the motion passed without opposition.
Mary Jo made a motion to change the second part
of Standing Rule #5 to state that membership changes will be given to the
Membership Chair for disbursement to the Newsletter and Yearbook Editors.
New members from June through September include:
Joyce Bates who recently retired
to McMinnville from
Patti Gregory was raised in
Mike Stewart joined our club in June. He works as
business manager for
Jan Clay has lived
Two other new members, Myrna Cuscaden and Cokie Anderson have been unavailable for an interview but we are pleased to have them as part of our club and look forward to meeting them.
There are a few
Clearing the Air (submitted by Ann Silverthorne
by Marie Hofer, Gardening editor, HGTV.COM
Indoor air often contains volatile chemicals that are given off by paint, pressed wood products, carpeting, adhesives, etc.--all commonly found in new buildings and building materials. People who suffer from "sick building syndrome" often find some relief when plants are present.
Dracaena ranks high in the ability
Great Green Air Cleaners
Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
scientists at the
What tangible things do plants do
· Studies have shown that people feel more attentive, think a little more clearly and possibly even more innovatively, when plants are around.
· They report feeling less stressed.
· In some cases plants don't have to be immediately present; hospital patients recover a little faster from surgery and require less pain medication with just a view of a garden.
Want more information??
This great little book describes the care and culture of 50 plants that can help purify the air in your home or office, rating the plants on how well they remove chemical vapors, how easy they are to care for, etc.: How to Grow Fresh Air by B. C. Wolverton
Plants at Work
a poem written by one of our new members Adrienne Schouten:
I open the door and a sharp, cool gust cuts past me, swirls into the house
rustling the morning paper onto
the floor. The sky is blue but faded and
melancholy with the low slung sun recasting her rays earthward.
The garden’s raucous summer growth is over
and things seem quiet as nature
saves her energy for her last work of casting off leaves and retreating
underground. Yes, even the gold and black spotted koi seem to have grown
slow, nearing the time they will hibernate to escape winter’s rage.
I cut what I know will be the last lavish rose bouquets to brighten my tables as
well as my mood. The huge blue, pink and purple hydrangeas will be hung to
dry for winter arrangements and to share with friends.
Stalwart green tomatoes line the kitchen
windowsill to ripen and treat us to
their homegrown goodness.
I’ll miss the blazing colors; scents of
lemon, jasmine and honeysuckle and
textures of spiky grass amidst sensual succulents; even as I anticipate birds in
the elderberry tree, ripening olives and the pulsing red and gold of dogwood
amidst the crisp white paper bark maples.
Thanks Adrienne and we all hope you are feeling better. Look forward to seeing you at a future club meeting.
Dragonflies flitting around can be very fascinating to watch. They are usually found around water, but can also be seen flying around in backyards that don’t have water.
They typically eat mosquitoes and other small insects like bees, flies, ants and butterflies. They are valued as predators, since they help control populations of harmful insects.
Female dragonflies lay eggs in or near water, often on floating or emergent plants. Some will submerge themselves completely in order to lay their eggs on a good surface. Depending on the species, it can take a few days to several months to hatch. The larva or nymphs are aquatic and can last from two months in smaller species to five years for the larger ones.
When the larva is ready to become an adult, it climbs up a reed or other emergent plant at night. Exposure to air causes it to begin breathing. Then it crawls out of its skin, waits for the sun to raise, pumps up its wings and flies off. The large species can last as long as four months.
Damselflies are often confused with dragonflies. Damselflies hold their wings at rest together above the body--where most dragonflies at rest hold their wings horizontally. The eyes on a damselfly are apart; in most dragonflies, the eyes touch. These eyes may each contain as many as 30,000 individual lenses. Because of their good eyesight, they have been known to respond to stimuli from more than 40 feet away!
It is surprising how many dragonflies survive since they are eaten by fish, water beetles and bugs, birds and even humans. They are beautiful insects and are fun to watch.
Pioneer District Newsletter
State web site
Dividing Perennials: http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/dividing-perennials.html
Late Summer Cleanup:http://www.bestgardening.com/bgc/howto/diary.htm
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