November 2018

 

News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher


President's Letter

What a great attendance of members and guests at the October meeting. I expect that it had to do with the great program on succulents and the wonderful publicity submitted to the two excellent local newspapers serving a wide-group of gardeners who look forward to hearing who our next speakers will be. As those of you who attended the meeting know, we are looking for someone to work along with Jerri Long to learn the in-and-outs of the publicity position. Jerri desires a break and plans to give up her publicity position next year. Is there a member out there who is thinking about doing something in the publishing area, we can use your help.

Some of us had a great time at Debra Caldwell's garden on Saturday selecting plants and pots from her collection prior to her move to Texas. Fliers were distributed at the meeting so if you did not attend you may not have known of this activity. LAVGC sends Debra a hearty "thank you" for her generous service to our club and we wish her well as she begins her "Gardening in Texas" journey.

Fabulous news, Gail Bachman has stepped forward to fill Debra's position until the end of the year! Thank you Gail!

As a reminder, it is time to order frost cloth and whatever you desire to use as a cover crop if you need to do that.

Lois Barber, Co-President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...Maudie has Moved! Maudie Kuenning, long time Club member, has moved. Maudie's new address is in the Members Only section 'Yearbook updates'. Her phone remains the same.

...Clayton Valley Garden Club Invites LAVGC Members to Attend a Holiday Luncheon at Alden Lane. Clayton Valley Garden Club has scheduled a holiday luncheon at Alden Lane Nursery on Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. The luncheon offers a varied menu (your choice), a presentation by Alden Lane staff, "Flowers that Bloom in Winter" with shopping discounts for attendees. Interested members may call Jan Rubiales, 925-672-5694 with questions. Registration Deadline is November 27th; event cost - $25. The event flyer will be at the LAVGC November meeting.

...Member Alert: Please contact Molly Fisher if you have changes to your contact information. See the LAVGC Yearbook for Molly's contact information.

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November noodling.................in the garden

...let's hope the rains come soon. For so many reasons, but for our gardens by now they probably need a good soaking and just love that water from the sky. With shorter, cooler days you will need to adjust your automatic watering systems and if the rains do come regularly to turn it off completely. Being frugal with water should be a regular habit, regardless of the weather.

...when the rains come (let's think positively) be sure to knock down any basins around plants you've made to keep the water around the roots in the warmer months so that it doesn't collect and cause rot during the cooler months. This is especially true of most Mediterranean plants.

...with the coming winter months, nurseries are eager to jettison much of their stock so they don't have to take care of them over the winter and should have great sales. Plants could look a bit raggedy but check out the roots (Just tip the plant out of the container) to be sure they are healthy and not winding around on themselves. Perennials could be going dormant but with a good root system they will bounce back next spring.

...you can prune evergreens for shape now and use the cuttings in holiday decorations. Of course first cut out any dead branches, then prune stems singly and cut back to the main stem. Try to leave plant in a natural shape so that on first glance you won't even be able to tell it has been pruned!

...did you get your spring bulbs? If not, rush out and see what is left. While others are out shopping on Black Friday, my goal is to get all my tulips planted in gallon cans to have up my front steps in the spring. It helps me to have a deadline so that in January I'm not thinking - wonder what would happen if I planted them now? But the truth is they definitely won't bloom in the package so get them planted whenever!

...one hates to whine but, as I say every year, I wish I could just press a button and all the leaves would fall off the trees at once. I am thankful for the wonderful shade the trees provide in the summer and the sun they let through in the winter, but getting from one to the other very gradually is sort of a pain. Leaves make great compost and most will disintegrate in plastic garbage bags over the winter. The process is helped along if you can run over the pile of leaves with a lawn mower to get them in smaller pieces before you bag them up. Smaller leaves can be left on a garden bed to act as a mulch over the winter but large leaves tend to just clump and can even prevent moisture from getting into the soil. And certain leaves, like magnolias, are not going to compost in my lifetime so they are best relegated to the green can.

...if we have a lot of cold weather (for us) you can help protect your plants from frost and freezing with twinkle lights (the old kind, not LED ones) draped over a shrub or large plant. You might plan for this in decorating for the holidays. You can bring many really tender plants into the garage or under eaves for more protection.

...if you are into succulents and will be repotting them with pumice, a good source of larger bags is the Payless Hardware and Garden Center on S. King Rd. in San Jose. It also looks like a fun nursery and garden ornament center but when I was there we didn't have time to look around. American Soil in Richmond was the source recommended by our October speaker for pumice.

...don't forget that this month is our Holiday Boutique and you can bring all items relating to the coming holidays and the garden for sale at the meeting. If it doesn't sell, you absolutely have to take it back home with you so bring things that are appealing and in good condition.

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