Now presenting - Our wonderful hosts Joe and Scott!
Our most recent meeting
Our Most Recent Meeting:
met last month for the September meeting at Scott and Joe’s
beautiful home and
lush gardens in the Pinellas Point area of St. Petersburg.Thanks,
guys, for providing us with a
wonderful location for our
Our next Meeting
will be on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at .Please note the summer
hosts will be Rich Pollin and Austin Davidson at their home in the
Grand Central/Historic Kenwood neighborhood of St. Petersburg. Chances
are, if you went to Pride Fest last month, you drove by their home
looking for a parking spot!!
PLEASE remember to
bring a chair so
there will be enough seating for all, and bring something to share in
potluck as well as the plant raffle!No
RSVP is necessary.
Here’s a list of things to do in
heat-loving annuals as well as perennials, especially those
that may be showing signs of heat
stress.Make sure to fertilize azaleas,
camellias and hibiscus for Spring color.
a compost pile or add to your existing pile. Recycle grass
clippings. Leave grass clippings on the lawn
or use them as mulch or compost.Each
full bag of clippings equals 1/4 pound of organic nitrogen fertilizer
be recycled on the lawn, in flowerbeds or in compost.
for lacebug infestations.This insect loves heat and humidity!
outdoor potted plants,
especially those that show signs of heat stress or yellowing.
Check lawns for insect
palm trees now.The summer rains will help the palms
establish a sufficient root system to thrive in our cool, dry Winters.Yes, it will be cool again!
landscape plants.Prune lightly to shape plants and
branching. Never remove more than 1/3 of a plant’s foliage at a
flowering plants like hibiscus, oleander and crape myrtle will produce
blooms if old blossoms and seedpods are removed.This
should be the last pruning of the year
for azaleas, as flower buds will form soon.
your vegetable garden.
Clear, till, level, and moisten soil, then cover with 2 to 6-mil clear
Mound soil over the edges of the plastic to retain heat. Leave covered
to six weeks. Solar heat will accumulate under the plastic and soil
temperatures will increase to a point where nematodes, weed seeds and
borne diseases will be killed.
Check citrus trees for rust mites, greasy
spot and melanose diseases. Heavy
Rust Mite feeding will blemish citrus fruits by causing a brownish
discoloration of the peel. Interior quality of the fruit is not
affected. Leaf spots can be signs of greasy spot or
melanose diseases. Prune out all dead
wood and spray with copper fungicide and summer oil emulsion.
This spray will control all three problems.
iron deficiency of plants.Symptoms appear on the new growth of
Leaves are yellow, but veins appear as fine green lines. Applications
chelate or iron sulfate are effective. Check soil pH to determine if an
alkaline soil is causing the problem.
a rain shut-off device.This gadget overrides an automatic
system when rain occurs. It is inexpensive, easy to install and quickly
for itself with savings on your water bill. Florida law requires a rain
shut-off device on
new irrigation systems. HillsboroughCounty requires them on
all irrigation systems.
Contact an irrigation supply store for more information.
back poinsettias and chrysanthemums.
Poinsettias and chrysanthemums should be cut back several times through
growing season. New growth on poinsettias should be pinched back a few
when it is 12 inches or longer, 6 to 8 inch cuttings can be rooted to
potted plants for Christmas. Pinch Chrysanthemum tips when stems are 6
the season following an El Nino is ripe for
hurricanes.That's what happened in the
1926 hurricane that struck Miami and in 1992 with
Hurricane Andrew, which devastated the
southern part of Miami-DadeCounty.
Check your trees now to minimize
possible damage from these
Remove dead wood, crossing limbs, stubs and weak wood from your
trees.When you hire a professional, use
only certified arborists.
Bugs are at their height of
particularly active on jatropha. Be alert for scale, whitefly, mites,
aphids, caterpillars, chinchbug, sod webworms, beetles and weevils.
Meeting was held at Joe
and Scott’s house and tropical gardens in St.
wonderful venue to enjoy a steamy summer afternoon!
The pool was very inviting!Several
of the Club members decided to take a
dip prior to and during the Meeting.
There was a
delicious selection of food for the potluck, including
light dishes and summer salads.
Davidson made the winning dish—a very tasty Cheesy Vegetable
Lasagna.Thanks, Austin!Honorable Mentions went to Ron & Shige
for their Pineapple Salsa and to our President, Larry, for his tasty
Cake.All in all, we had a great showing
food-wise at this Meeting!
several speakers for the program portion of
the Meeting.Brian Cahill started off by
speaking about the Home Depot's and Lowes' Garden Clubs, both of which
coupons, including BOGO’s (buy-one, get-one free items), garden
and special deals—all by email.
One of our
hosts, Scott, followed with a discussion
of plumeria history, propagation and care.His
talk was full of detailed
information regarding “do’s” and
when it comes to these tropical beauties.Please
see Scott’s Plumeria
Cheat Sheet*Note—this is
the same cheatsheet
that Scott provided us with in September 2008 and is being included
the request of several Club members.
the program with a discussion of passiflora
(passion flower) pollination and care.He
also provided us with information
regarding passiflora hybridization.
ended with the raffle conducted by
The raffle featured cold-tolerant
plants and other worthy additions to the Florida
garden, including ferns and flowering plants.
Club officer contact
The election is
coming up, so picture your name here! All positions are up for
election and we need you to step up and help steer the club into the