Organized in 1926
September 19 Meeting
Fun for all!
Potluck, plant exchange and a look ahead.
Lunch and plant exchange
Please bring your favorite potluck dish and plate, etc. Coffee and tea will be provided. You are also invited to bring a plant (a single plant or one that is dividable to exchange with members). The plant exchange activity is optional and not required. It could be a fun way to become acquainted with some new plants, learn how to divide them, and to share what we’ve learned from growing them.
If you are planning to participate in the plant exchange please bring your plants in plastic bags and label them with the plant name. There will be a table provided where you can put the plants you would like to share. We will have reference manuals at the meeting for plant identification. Remember to keep the plant(s) moist during transportation and after planting for better success.
Also your membership dues of $12 may be overdue! Get them to Sandy Bolmer ASAP.
October 17 is our next meeting featuring planting bulbs. A field trip Oct. 24 to Aerbutus is also planned.
Our feathered friends need your care even in the time of plenty. Every few days, especially in the heat of summer, be sure to clean dirty bird feeders to prevent avian disease. Removing old, molded, spoiled seed is important. Clean the feeders with one part white vinegar to 20 parts water. Make sure the feeder is completely dry before adding new seed. Clean those birdbaths too! Scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush and using the same vinegar solution is best. BLEACH is not necessary (besides being harmful to the environment.)
Bluejays and Starlings have a “sharing problem”. The seed you set out for your lovely songbirds is being greedily eaten up by those bigger birds. Back to the old standby, the tube feeder. It is tidier, has smaller individual perches (perfect for small songbirds) and the clear tube allows you to see when new seed needs to added. Tip: Feed only as much as the birds will eat in a day. This prevents seed from going rancid.
Turn Off Those Zappers!
They don’t kill mosquitoes but they are incredibly effective in locally reducing biodiversity, including insects that would likely kill more mosquitoes than the devices. Studies have shown that these devices are killing mostly non-biting aquatic insects or predators and parasites. Citronella candles work great.
Yes, birds get thirsty too and need a plentiful supply, just like we do. Running water, bird baths, water dishes, etc. help out. Remember never to fill your birdbath to full, just a few inches will do. Placing a stone or figurine inside the birdbath allows a perch to just get that needed drink, and also provides a look-out stand to keep Miss Kitty at bay. Our little ones on the ground enjoy a cool drink as well, living in that wonderful compost pile you have thoughtfully provided for them, surveying their surroundings or sitting upon those branch and twig cuttings you put there just for them.
Now is the time to allow some of those Annuals to go to seed. Between the birds who love those tasty snacks, the critters below the group who keep your garde(s) wonderfully tilled (NO, not the excavation as in Gopher and Moles), thrive on those seeds. And don’t forget the wind who decides where next year’s volunteer seed will be placed. You will have that wonderfully pleasing spot of color that works surprisingly well.
A new book, Birds of the Willamette Valley Region, by Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa, and Hal Opperman should be a helpful reference when trying to identify birds in your yard.
A new program on the Discovery Channel, Backyard Habitat, also might be worth viewing at daily. Check it out on their website at:
There’s plenty of sunshine left to enjoy outdoors though!
I’m hoping that you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to getting back to Garden Club activities. I sure am. I am confident that you will enjoy this year’s programs and fieldtrips. Sandy Ford has worked hard compiling the survey data and organizing our programs and field trips to meet your requests. She is excited to share what she has planned for all of us at our September meeting.
I would like to thank all of you that made the Garden Tour/Garden Faire such a great success. We sold 654 tickets! I’m looking forward to the same great efforts again next year. This event is our main fund raiser and allows our club to be a successful group. I urge every member to take an active part in some way so that this event will continue to be a great success.
Our club has grown and has added a few new committees that help with our mission to help work on city beautification as a part of our contribution to the community. We will go over these in the business meeting at the September meeting. None of this can happen without your outstanding effort and the volunteering of your time.
I welcome you all back, look forward to the future and as always enjoy continuing to learn the art of gardening from our speakers and from each other.
The hot days of summer which wilted both plants and people have once again been replaced with the cool coast breezes. It gives us renewed energy to tend our gardens, to give thought to the global warming we’re in, and to seek out drought-friendly plants. Some plants that stand up to the heat with very little moisture are the Lavenders and Sages (including the woody stemmed salvias, Santolina ‘Lemon Queen’ and a Curry plant (of which I don’t know the name).
Annuals usually are moisture hogs, but the zinnias and marigolds by my concrete driveway have been beautiful with just once-a-week irrigation. Drop me an email and tell me about your drought successful plants. I’ll compile a list for reference in 2006.
Very soon the soil will be ready for bulb planting. A few nurseries already have some in stock, but I want to remind you that our club can obtain field-run daffodils from a grower again this year. I’ll have information at our meeting.
Looking for shrubs for winter color? They are twice as nice if they are fragrant. Some suggestions: Witch Hazel (hamamelis), several varieties; Viburnums, a large group but v. bodnantense ‘Dawn’ is fragrant; Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana, humliis), of the Boxwood genus with white flowers under the leaves; and the very fragrant Daphnes, especially d. odora.
One should visit nurseries during all seasons in order to visualize and plan for your own landscape. Kraemers accepts gallon or larger sized plastic pots for recycling, and Oregon Waste is working on a program that will include all plastics. Won’t that be wonderful!
Pot up your extra plants for this month’s garden club meeting. Add a bit of info. if it has some unusual requirements or habits.
Please let me know the kinds of information you want to read in this column, so that you find it useful.
We are pleased to report that Irene Hahn is doing much better in her recovery after a nasty fall this summer.
Backyard Habitat Julie Maahs
Garden Tour 2006
Garden Faire 2006
Horticulture Eveyln Munsinger
Hospitality Rosemary Vertregt
Membership Sandy Bolmer
Newsletter Patty Sorensen
Parliamentarian Gaye Stewart
Publicity/PR Sandy Ford
Scholarship Cindi Miller
Sunshine Joan Friese
Telephone Mary Whinery
Yard of Month 2006
Yearbook Kim Jongedyk
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Sandy Bolmer know names and
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