May 2011 newsletter
These flamingoes seem a little too inviting!
Our most recent meeting
April brought us to the Historic Kenwood
Neighborhood of St. Pete and the home of Austen and Rich. The day was
beautiful, the company stimulating, what more could you ask for?
Thanks for a great meeting, guys!!
next Meeting will be on Sunday, May
15, 2010 at 5:00 pm at Joe and Bob's lovely home and
garden in Odessa, just north of Tampa Airport. Joe and Bob know
how to host a party, so there is usually plenty of tables and chairs to
sit and chat at, so no need to bring your own. Just remember to
bring something yummy to the potluck, and something pretty for the
plant raffle! The directions are available on the members' page
Directions to next meeting: Login to Members page
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
Dry and Buggy! Like April, May in Florida tends
to be a rather dry
and windy month, but with rising temperatures. On
average, the daily high temperature
rises to about 86º while the
daily low does not usually fall below 68º. Temperatures
will reach the low
90º’s often during this month. Wildfires often persist in flaring up during May and
will do so until the rainy
season begins in June. Strong, steady
winds and lack of rainfall make most of Florida
highly susceptible to
wildfires this month. If your vegetable
and annual plants have survived April, keep an eye on them! Aphids, leafhoppers, grasshoppers and all
other sorts of nasties are on the munch and looking for some tasty
fill their bellies. Continue to watch
for water distress in your garden as the heat, wind and lack of rain
problems and any rain this month will not be enough to sustain your
plants. Mulching them is still highly
the Florida Garden is
the time for Frangipani
(Plumeria) to begin blooming and Gardenias to begin budding and
blooming. You may have noticed that some
of your trees have been dropping leaves. This
is quite normal for Oak, Mahogany,
Black Olive, Poinciana and a few
other species of trees. Many are now or
will be covered soon with bright green foliage and some (such as the
Jacaranda), with an explosion of blooms to welcome in Florida’s
famously hot and humid summer.
also the month to consider heavy pruning of many plants including trees
may be a threat during the upcoming hurricane season. When fertilized
watered, if required, they will come back and produce dense, bushy
during this month despite the pruning.
May is the month
to begin planting trees, shrubs and vines. But
wait until after the first rainy
spell to plant so that the ground
is thoroughly wet. Even then continue to
water as needed in case the rains do not soak your area as expected. If
still hoping to plant a traditional vegetable, herb or annual garden
these are your best bets:
Vegetables : Calabaza,
Cantaloupe, Cassava, Chayote,
Cherry Tomato, Collard Greens,
Cow Peas, Cucumbers, Dasheen, Jerusalem Artichoke, Jicama, Lima Beans,
Spinach, Malanga, Mustard, New Zealand Spinach, Okra, Papayas, Peanuts,
Pumpkins, Snap Beans, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Watermelons and
Herbs: Anise, Basil,
Borage, Chives, Dill, Sweet Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage,
Flowers: Ageratum, Aster,
Begonia, Balsam (Impatiens), Blue Daze, Celosia, Coleus, Cosmos,
Gaillardias, Globe Amaranth, Marigolds, Morning Glory, Pentas,
Petunias, Portulacas, Salvia, Sweet Felcher, Strawflowers, Torenia,
Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Asiatic Lilies, Begonias, Blood Lily, Caladiums,
Crinum, Dahlia, Gladioli, Gloriosa Lily and Zephyranthes.
Sources: Florida Home
Gardening Month by Month
Garden in Sarasota
1825 4th Street N, St Pete.
County Extension Service calendar for lots more gardening
Beautiful Commission in St. Petersburg
Kopsick Palm Arboretum in St. Petersburg
Monthly meetings at Moccasin
Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater:
1st Monday, October – May, 7:00-9:00pm.
Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
First Wednesday of month, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm
After dinner, Barry lead the meeting. He told us all about the
then, upcoming events - the recruitment booth at Flamingoes, The Plant
Sale at Metro Center, and again asked for volunteers for a chair for
the Pride booth. It
just shows how even the best planned ideas can fall by the wayside.
Flamingoes decided that they wanted to get paid to allow us to
try to recruit, thinking we were selling something. Rich, the
event chairman, pointed out to them that we were more community
outreach than vendors, and that caused them to close ranks and minds
and not get back to us in time. End result - cancellation.
Next the plant sale. Chip was the chairman for the
sale and after getting all arrangements finalized with the Metro
Center, determined that he didn't get enough responses back to make a
viable sale. One week before the sale there were only 2 definite
vendors - Scott and Joe, and us. Even the Metro Center decided
against selling. Then my mother ended up in the hospital
with Gallbladder/Pancreatitis issues ending up in surgery.
Conclusion - no sale!
Barry then passed the floor to Rich who presented his passion - Bonsai!
I always thought that was what the Kamikaze pilots shouted just
before hitting their targets, but I am so wrong! Bonsai is a
Japanese artform of growing miniature trees in containers wich has been
around for more than 2000 years. Check out Bonsai for a
historical look at the art. Rich pointed out a list of plants
that are historically used for the art, as well as some that are not
historically used, but will work. He also showed some of the
variety of containers since they are so important to the overall
presentation. Finally he explained the multiple "looks" that the
artist can attempt, such as "windblown" or cascade. He included
several handouts to help get you started if you should choose to take
up the noble art! Click
here for both handouts.
meeting ended with the raffle conducted by
Jim. Unfortunately my flash was not working inside the garage, so
if you want to see photos of Jim in action, you can check out his
handsome visage on any of our past month's newsletters.
A REMINDER-A club
is an association of two or more people united by a common interest,
working for a common
goal. A service club, for example, exists for
voluntary or charitable activities; there are clubs devoted to hobbies
and sports, social activities clubs, political and religious clubs, and
so forth. To keep our club running
smoothly, we need to work together more!