June 2020


News Archive

Betty Nostrand, Editor
Molly Fisher, Publisher

President's Letter


I hope this finds you well and doing your bit by sheltering in place. This virus has sure caused havoc with the world as we know it, but hopefully it will get better. This time of stay at home may have been good for your garden as I know mine is doing very well and I got a short time to show it off to my son and Daughter-in-law when they dropped by on Mother's Day. No hugs but loving thoughts.

As you can imagine, our June meeting is canceled, and we will be working to understand and keep you informed of what options are available to us in September. We will also inform you of any work parties that will be available as things loosen up in the community and things like Sensory Garden and Hansen Garden become available to limited gatherings.

Because of the constant changing of options available to us, you may receive more than the usual number of emails from the club. We normally limit emails so as not to fill up your mailboxes, but these are different times and as we are able to hold a work party or meeting, the chair of that group will send out a notice giving time and dates and safety requirements such as masks, etc. If you receive a message that has no interest to you, just delete it as we will be using our general mailing list rather than our usual list that would go to those who have expressed interest in that project.

May and June are generally time to renew our membership in LAVGC, but along with everything else, we are approaching this differently this year. We will be sending two forms, one for returning members to complete and return with signed for insurance purposes. The second form is for a friend who might be interested in joining. We will not be printing a new yearbook but will instead create a sheet for you to insert in your current yearbook of any changes or additions.

In addition, as we don't have a clear picture of how we will be handling meetings in the coming months, we are not asking you for membership fees for 2020/2021 if you currently are a member, but if you are so inclined we will gladly accept donations of the fees if you are able. Our treasurer assures me that we are fiscally sound, and that this disruption will not cause undue stress to our fiscal year.

Again, stay healthy and safe. Jeri Stark, President

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Misc. Items of Interest

...June, 2020 meeting is cancelled. We're off for the Summer - no July and August meetings. Our next regular meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2020. We will update you on meeting plans closer to the meeting time.

...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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June Jollies.................in the garden

...after all this 'sheltering in place' our gardens should be looking really fantastic! Aren't we lucky that we love to do something that is right here in our shelter! Whether it's the weather, consistent watering, or just being out there more trimming and primping, my garden is really looking good this year! Of course it is a 'spring garden' (and honey, anyone can do spring, as some wise person once said) and by the heat of summer I know it will be looking more bedraggled. Even though the nurseries are open, I'm waiting a while to add more plants that will bloom in late summer or fall to perk it up when it is looking the most tired.

...Hot weather bedding plants include cosmos, dahlias, gazanias, gaillardia, marigolds, petunias, verbena, and zinnias. They should thrive and bloom in sunny spots even in our hot weather. Some need regular water to be happy.

...it is a good time to replace coleus, begonias, impatiens and ferns that may not have survived the winter. They do not like our hot summers so will need a shady spot with morning sun or protection in the hottest part of the day. ...by mid to late June the foliage on your spring bulbs should be withered and easy to pull out. It's the time to dig up any bulbs that you'd like to move or divide. If they didn't bloom much last year and have been in for a few years it may mean that they do need dividing. Also lack of adequate sunlight will deter blooms too and they should be moved to a sunnier location. Remember to mark the spot you plant them so that you don't inadvertently dig them up when adding other new plants. If you order bulbs from a catalog you can usually get great bargains now and they will be delivered in the fall in time to plant.

...deadheading is big this time of year but remember when there are lots of blooms to deadhead it means you had lots of flowers. You don't want the plant to set seed (unless you plan to plant the seed) because you want the energy put into another set of blooms. Most plants intrinsically think their duty is to bloom, set seeds, and their job is over so you don't want them to get to the stage where they will set seeds. For most bloomers you cut down to where a leaf is emerging from the stem, preferably in the direction that you want the plant or bloom to grow. Don't leave any blank stem above the leaf.

...of course if you are deadheading a shrub or bush like a lavender or salvia you may not have the patience to individually trim every stem so you can just shear those back. In the case of lavender not too far, about half the way down the stems. I shear off my catmint and teucrium quite severely in early spring and they seem to bounce right back and bloom all summer. If they get too straggly, I just shear them back again and they seem perfectly happy. Some plants are definitely more flexible than others.

...the latest I heard on the outcome of the Virtual Plant Sale Proceeds is that we made over $1500 at our Virtual Plant Sale of Edibles in April. Again, a huge thank you to everyone who organized and participated in it! Hope you have found new homes for the ornamentals you planned to donate to the sale. We are still hoping to hold a garage sale for all the garden ornaments, pots, tools, and stuff that you sorted out to donate.

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