Marilyn introduced us to the wonders of Water Lilies!
Our most recent meeting
met in March at the Wonderful Water Lillies nursery in Sarasota.
Marilyn had a beautful setting for us to admire her passion!
Our Next Meeting:
Our next meeting
will be on Sunday, April 15th at 1:00. at Joe and
Bob's lovely home and garden in Odessa. They always
pull all the stops out for us, so a great time is sure to be had by
all! This is the same day as the USF Botanical Garden Sale, so
shop in the morning, and then join us for lunch! The
presentation will be on Ferns.
Bring enough to share in the potluck, and when you are in line,
remember that everyone behind you in line also wants to sample the same
goodies as you, so moderation. You can always go back for more!
Directions to next meeting: Login to Members page
Don't forget to bring something
good for the plant raffle!
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
monthly timetable of gardening chores:
plants are busy
now putting out new green growth, flowers or both. Now is the time to
plants so that nutrition may be put to use to form healthy new foliage,
abundant flowers and healthy fruit.Always apply fertilizer at the rate
recommended by the
manufacturer then water the fertilizer in to get it into the upper few
of soil where the plant's roots can absorb it.If
your plants are mulched, simply apply the fertilizer on top of the
mulch and water it in.
Do not neglect to feed your potted
plants.The best fertilizers to use on
are either soluble fertilizers (such as Peters)
or a time-release type that
will continue to feed for several months.
Also be aware that different stages in
a plant's growth will
require the use of different types of fertilizers.Plants that are producing foliage will
benefit more from a fertilizer high in nitrogen -- the "N" value of the
product.Nitrogen is used by plants for
the normal healthy growth of green plant tissues such as leaves and
stems.Be careful though as too much
cause rapid growth of leaves and soft stems which tend to be an open
for attack by pests and diseases.Plants
in bloom will benefit from a high "P"
value."P" stands for Phosphorous.
Phosphorus is responsible for good root development, disease resistance
flower and fruit production.The "K" value--Potash--also helps
to promote disease resistance in plants as well as encouraging higher
techniques are used
for pruning shrubs. These are called heading and thinning.
Heading -- By this method, branches
are cut back to healthy buds. This leaves a cut close to a bud from
Thinning -- By this process, a shoot
or branch is completely removed either back to ground level or back to
main branch or trunk. No prominent stub remains.
When heading back, always make the cut
above a healthy bud. A
cut on a slight slant, 1/4 inch above the bud is the correct method.
bud should be located on the side of the branch that faces the
preferred for the new growth. Some plants will have two buds opposite
other on the stem. When such stems are cut, it is often desirable to
of the buds. If both are allowed to grow, a forked and often weak stem
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!:During
this terribly dry weather it cannot be stressed enough how valuable
is.Mulch preserves moisture in the
soil; protects the soil from the intense heat of the sun; provides a
supply of organic material; prevents the quick drying of the soil
and dry periods; gives some protection to plants against root knot
nematodes; and improves soil texture.
Flowers to Plant this
Amaryllis, Balsam, Cosmos, Cockscombs, Forget-Me-Nots, Gaillardias,
Gloxinias, Lilies, Petunias, Portulacas, Salvia, Scabiosa,
Zephyranthes, and Zinnias
Anyone interested in meeting at or
one of the below events?If so, post our
Facebook page or announce at our next meeting.
If you are
interested in other group outings,
Last month the meeting was
held in Sarasota at the backyard nursery of Marilyn Eigsti. She
welcomed us to her home and later gave a wonderful presentation of her
babies - her water plants.
was perfect, the weather sublime. The setting was shady; the
perfect location for our meeting.
socializing for a bit, dinner was served. Please remember that we
hold a pot luck every month, and you should bring a covered dish if you
wish to participate. Likewise, since the food has been a little scarce
lately, try to take only enough to sample the goodies since everyone in
line would like to do the same. You can always go back for more
dinner, we had to forego a business meeting since our President was
unable to attend the meeting and we still have no Vice President.
That gave more time for the presentation. Marilyn brought
us on a tour of the nursery and explained how to set up a flowering
water pond .
us a wonderful extended preseentation of the raffle plants. He
spoke of plant families, and how well many work with others, besides
the general care and upkeep.
If you want to see
more photos from the meeting, remember to visit our facebook page and
Like us! You can then download any of the pictures to your own
are for the calendar year and now due.Pay
online, or pay at our next meeting.