June 2018


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter

The 2017/18 LAVGC program year has gone by in a flash - and what a year it has been! We started off with a world-class tomato tasting event and ended with an awesome member garden tour. Sandwiched in between, a plant sale worthy of a mega fire-works show. Add to those achievements, our tours were excellent, attended by many members; our service projects were highly successful, enhancing our communities and providing nutritious, organic food for the needy. Special interest meetings provided invaluable information to assure we are using best gardening practices while offering insights into other facets of garden related topics. Our program committee and those arranging each meeting made those meetings rousing successes. What a "spread" we had each social hour thanks to Sue and her crew. The greeters never failed to have name cards and information readily available for members and guests. Our programs, three of which featured our own members, invariably provided interesting information, thoroughly engaging and entertaining. A hearty thanks to the Executive Board, the Board and all of you who made this year such a rousing success.

We will soon be starting a new Club year. I invite all members to step forward and be involved in some aspect of the Club. We are always delighted to have members assume leadership positions either as a committee chair or member. We need your talents and fresh ideas and are happy to mentor you in any position you choose. Most importantly, we hope each of you participate in some way that you find personally satisfying.

One of the neat things about this Garden Club is that you can do a little or a lot as to participation and involvement but we do hope that everyone will do a little. There are lots of committees to join and the workparties are just a few hours commitment a month. If you didn't put down on your membership renewal form how you'd like to be involved, please call Dolores Bengtson or Lois Barber to let them know so we can incorporate you in the best possible way.

Dolores Bengston, Co-President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...Meeting Location and Time Change ALERT!! The June meeting will be held on the 14th at the Robert Livermore Community Center on East Ave. in Livermore. Yearend Potluck starts at 6:30 as usual in June, but different location from the rest of the year as the Alisal School is closed by the date of our meeting, June 14th.

...LAVGC member Nile Runge videos the speakers at our meetings for those who missed the meeting and for those who want to see it again to get critical information they do not remember. See the link below for the video of the meeting on March 8. All videos of meetings are also available on the LAVGC.org website. Click to watch May speaker Stephanie Falzone on Invasive Plants".

...don't forget to check the Garden Club website - LAVGC.ORG for program details and pictures of recent garden club events.

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June Jobs.................in the garden

...plants should be flourishing in the garden this month. Well, maybe vegetables are a bit slow because we've had cooler weather up until today when it was 90! Time to deadhead all the blooms of the first flush of spring. Most plants need to be deadheaded or they will go to seed and the plants thinks it its done with its duties. Unless of course you are saving seed for the Seed Share - them wait until the seed is fairly dry and collect in a paper bag and give to Sondra Bierre.

Different plants need different methods of deadheading:

...With alstroemeria (Peruvian lilies) you can just pull the whole stock out and not do any cutting. You can do the same with cala lilies;

...With Valerian (centranthus) you can cut it clear to the base and it will come right back. Have you seen the roots on these plants? They are very thick and sturdy. If there are small valerian that you don't like where they planted themselves you can pull them out while still pretty small or else you are going to need a shovel to get out the root so they won't come back;

...With roses, don't cut too far back unless you are cutting for shape so that the plant will get to work on a second bloom as soon as possible. Of course some of the old roses only have one bloom a year no matter how you cut them;

...Be careful if cutting the spent blooms on lilacs or rhododendrons (if you can get those to survive in our alkaline soil) because the new blooms for next year are right below the old blooms and you can cut them off inadvertently;

...Cut iris bloom stocks clear to the base of the plant and now is a good time to move or divide them:

...Be careful when cutting a euphorbia bloom of the sticky white sap that comes out because many people are allergic to it. Best to wear gloves and be ready to quickly put them in a can or cuttings bucket so you don't get the sticky stuff on you or the sidewalk or wherever you are working;

...For pansies you know the more you cut the more blooms you will get;

...Cut Shasta daisy bloom stocks halfway back and you will get a second flush of bloom.

Right after deadheading and tidying up is a great time to mulch and feed plants so they will have the energy for a second go round of blooms if they are so inclined.

Have a wonderful summer! See you at the Tomato Tasting in August.

I hope everyone remembers to get their Membership Application and Renewal Form in by July 1 so that we can get the roster completed for the Yearbook to give out at the September meeting. It is so much more convenient to have everyone's contact information in the Yearbook and not have to find it somewhere else. The information is also put on the Members Only web page but for us conventional folks it is still easier to just look in the Yearbook. We've included the renewal form again for your ease. Bring it to the meeting or mail it to Dean Burnett at our box office address on the form.

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