met last month for the May meeting at Crowley's Nursery and Gardens in
Sarasota, which ended up being a wonderful venue for our Meeting after
a slow and rainy start!
next Meeting will be on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm. Please
note the start time as we switch to the summer meeting time. Our
hosts are Scott Baker and Joe Florio and the meeting in their tropical
setting should be a delight. The hosts request that any alcohol
you wish to bring to the meeting be limited to beer and wine, and that
everyone please park on the same side of the street. They have a
lovely pool which you are welcome to enjoy, just please remember to
bring a towel.
PLEASE remember to bring a chair so there will be enough seating for
all, and bring something to share in the potluck as well as the plant
raffle! No RSVP is necessary.
Directions to next meeting: Login to Members page
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
First Month of Summer (and Hurricane Season!)
begins on the Summer Solstice (around June 22, the longest day of the
year when the sun is furthest north) and ends around September 24 (the
autumnal equinox). But in Florida, summer practically begins in
mid-May and lasts weeks past the autumnal equinox. The reason for
this is our close proximity to the Tropic of Cancer (23° 27'
latitude, the northern border of the tropics)--the point on Earth where
the sun appears the furthest north latitudinally. In our case,
the sun seems to be almost directly overhead at noon.
June is also the first month of the official Atlantic hurricane
season. If you did not prune your trees and palms in May, now is
when you should do it. Trim back dead or weak branches from trees
and make sure that you have all the limbs and fronds hauled off so that
they do not become dangerous projectiles in the event that a hurricane
approaches. While hurricanes have been rare in the month of June
(the busiest part of the season is August, September, and October), it
is not too early to prepare for one's approach. Before a
hurricane arrives is the best time to prepare your home and yard for
one. If a hurricane does approach, be sure to bring in outdoor
objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor
objects that cannot be brought inside. Secure buildings by
closing and boarding up windows. Be sure to remove outside
antennas and anything else that may have the potential to become a
lethal projectile. Hurricanes are tropical cyclones in which
winds reach constant speeds of 74 miles per hour or more, and blow in a
large spiral around a relatively calm center—the eye of the
hurricane. Stated simply, hurricanes are giant whirlwinds in
which air moves in a large tightening spiral around a center of extreme
low pressure, reaching maximum velocity in a circular band extending
outward 20 or 30 miles from the edge of the eye. Hurricanes are
nothing to fool with—if you have lived here for the last five
years, you already KNOW that. Be prepared!
This month, and all through summer, continue to fertilize since
Florida's sandy soils do not hold nutrients well and your plants may
begin to show signs of nutritional deficiencies. The heavy rains
and consistent watering help to leach away the foods plants need to do
their best. Pay special attention to plants that are heavy
feeders such as palms and cycads. Insects are still on the prowl
and will be until the cool weather sets in. Be aware and you will
be able to end infestations of bad bugs before they begin. If you
are still hoping to plant a traditional vegetable, herb or annual
garden this month these are your best bets:
Vegetables: Boniato, Calabaza, Chayote, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards,
Cowpeas, Dasheen, Okra, Peanuts, Roselle, Seminole Pumpkin, New Zealand
Spinach, Southern Peas, Squash, Sweet Cassava, Sweet Potatoes,
Yard-long Beans and Yautia.
Herbs: Basil, Chives, Dill, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Sage and
Flowers: Begonias, Caladiums, Cat's Whiskers, Celosia, Coleus, Cosmos,
Cockscomb, Dianthus, Gaillardia, Ginger, Impatiens, Lantanas,
Marigolds, Melapodium, Moon Vine, Pentas, Periwinkles,
Porterweed, Portulaca, Purslane, Salvia, Strawflowers, Sunflowers,
Torenia and Zinnias.
Bulbs: Achimenes, African Iris, Caladiums, Cannas, Crinums, Daylilies,
Eucharis Lily, Gladioli, Gloriosa Lilies, Society Garlic and
Zephyranthes (Rain Lilies).
Sources: Florida Home Grown; Florida Gardening Month by Month
Crowley Nursery & Gardens in Sarasota
provided an interesting venue for our May Meeting.The day was hot and a bit
rainy, but we were allowed to set up in a greenhouse for the Meeting,
so few got wet!There was a good turnout as
quite a few of our members made the trip South.
There was a delicious selection of food, including
hearty casseroles and delicious salads.Ron and Shige made the
winning dish—Five Spice Chicken which everyone
swore was duck!Thanks guys!Honorable Mentions went to
Brian Cahill for
his scrumptious Aloha Chicken Salad and to Jim Nevers for his tasty
Tabouli.All in all, we had a great
showing food-wise at this Meeting!
Crowley's proved to be much bigger a venue than most of us thought and
we did enjoy wondering through each of the greenhouses between the
raindrops. They had a lot of unusual plants that were of interest
to the group. Mrs. Crowley told us that many plants were lost due
to the frost, so there were quite a few of these new plants that were
not for sale since they were trying to propagate them for later sale.
Two of Crowley’s
plant experts—a fruit specialist and rose specialist--were
available to give tips to the members and answer
any questions anyone had on a one-to-one basis.
membership voted to keep the Meeting start times,
“as is”, meaning that we will continue the earlier Meeting
times in the cooler
months of the year and the later Meeting times in the warmer months of
year.The Summer start times (June,
July, August, September and October) will be For the
the year (November, December, January, February, March, April and May)
start time will be
meeting ended with the raffle conducted by
Jim.The raffle featured cold-tolerant
plants and other worthy additions to the Florida
garden, including ferns and flowering plants.
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