We met in
April in Odessa, at the lovely home and gardens of Joe and Bob.
As always the Red carpet was rolled out for us and we had a
Our Next Meeting: Our
will be on Sunday, May 20th at 5:00.
That's right, we have started on our summer hours, and what better
place for a late afternoon meeting than at Austin and Rich's home in
Historic Kenwood. Rich has lined up a retiurning favorite
speaker - Dave Johnson - who will be having an electronic presentation
of new bromelliads, plus he will be bringing a bunch of them to sell at
his club-favorable prices! 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:
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
recommended. May in
the FloridaGarden 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. May is
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:
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,
This quiet walkway
leads around the back of Joe and Bob's place in Odessa. Their
lush gardens don't stop with the back yard, but follows you into their
Needless to say,
there is plenty to do and see when we get together at
Joe and Bob's! After
socializing for a bit, lunch was served. Please remember that we
hold a pot luck every month, and you should bring a covered dish if you
wish to participate.
dinner, Rich lead the business meeting by introducing our guest speaker
- Eileen Hart - who presented a new topic for us - fern!.
I wasn't able to
attend the meeting but I am sure she spent time discussing spores and
The meeting ended
with a raffle of plants brought in by our members. It's the best
way to add to the variety of your own garden!
Michael T. Kelly.
59, of Tampa, FL and Endicott, NY passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012
at the Melech Hospice House after a brief illness. Mr. Kelly was
born at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital in Pennsylvania on Feb. 25,
1953. He graduated from Union Endicott High School (Class of 1971),
Syracuse University, and New School for Social Research. He worked for
both Broome and Syracuse Developmental Centers in NY, First Investors,
IDS American Express, and Worlco Management Services.
Upon his retirement in 1999, Michael relocated to Tampa. Michael was
preceded in death by his father, John W. Kelly and sister, Susan E.
Kelly. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie (Wade) Rinehart of
Pawleys Island, SC; sister, Camille (Vince) Natale of Endicott, NY;
sister, Robin (Joe) Rossi of Pawleys Island, SC and 5 nieces and
nephews, Tony, Lauren and John Natale, and Justine and Heather Rossi.
He will be deeply missed by all of his family and close friends. He
adored his three nieces and two nephews, was a tremendous help caring
for Camille's triplets when they were first born, and together they
created many special memories.
Michael was a wonderful, kind and caring man who enjoyed his friends
and family, animals, gardening, and sharing his passion and knowledge
of plants with everyone he knew. He belonged to the Rakes and Blades
gardening club, a cooking club, volunteered in the Orchid Society, and
was active in his local Neighborhood Watch.
The family wishes to express their sincerest appreciation to all his
friends in Tampa, those friends who came to be with him and assisted
him in the last few months, and the caregivers at the Melech Hospice
House. Michael truly had a wonderful group of friends. At Michael's
request there will be no calling hours. A private memorial service and
celebration of his life will be held at a later date. For those who
wish, kindly consider directing memorials to the Sol Goldman Pancreatic
Cancer Research Institute at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. Mail
to: Ralph H. Hruban, MD at address: 401 North Broadway- Weinberg 2242,
Baltimore, MD 21231-2410. Condolences to the family may be made online
by visiting the guest registry in the obituary section of
are for the calendar year and now due.Pay
online, or pay at our next meeting.
us with any updates or changes.
Upcoming Group Outings
to help coordinate a group outing?Possible
Kopsick Palm Arboretum (St. Pete)
has asked Rakes and Blades to spend
an afternoon poolside and come up with ideas on how to make it a
tolerant paradise.If you are
interested, emailBud G.
PETE PRIDE:Pride is coming up
next month and we will be having our annual membership drive with our
booth. Volunteers are needed to man the booth for 2 hour
blocks from 10am - 4pm. Hear more at the next meetings!
Upcoming Rakes and
Blades Meeting Locations:
S. in South St. Pete.
July 17thDonn and Jesse
August 19th John and Norm in
you want to host a
meeting or event, or make a presentation, please contact one of our
board members - email links below
Our monthly board
meeitings are on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
All are welcome to attend and participate. Meetings are at
the St. Pete MetroCenter -www.metrotampabay.org/