We met this past month at Jim
and Eric's beautiful home and gardens. It was a relaxed day, with
cool breezes and plenty of wine! I got another year older, but
we're not going to talk about that at all! Thanks to all of you
who serenaded me in the garden. I got goosebumps!
Our next Meeting
will be on Sunday, July 17th at .We are venturing
to a new garden this month -
the home of Bob Osswald. His home is in the central Clearwater
section of Clearwater, not far from Clearwater High School.
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 brought us to Jim and Eric's house and tropical gardens in St.
wonderful venue to enjoy a steamy summer afternoon!
Of course we return to our home base every year, like good
sons, and it is always a surprise to see the changes. This year I
got a definite Fire Island feel with all the tree-lined, crushed-shell
really nice to see our old friends, too. As always at Jim and Eric's,
there is an open house to all of our past members and generally
two stop by. This time we got to see Rob Pressrich and Kevin and
- The Tribu guys! Rob looked well and he arrived by bicycle!
be living the good life! I just look at a bike and get the
Kevin and John filled us in on mobile living since they are travelling
so much with their business. We are so glad they decided to keep
here with us!
The potluck was the usual success. The food judges led the way
for the rest of us to sample the goodies. I never did hear who
won the food contest. If anyone knows, please fill me in!
We had an
interesting meeting this past month, with Jim leading a tour of his
yard based on the raffle plants he included this month. It is no
secret that Jim brings 10 - 20 plants for the raffle each month, lately
only getting competition from my brother Chip for number of plants.
Since everyone always dive for Jim's contributions, he wanted to
show everyone what the mature plants would look like. It was
great being able to see the mature versions, so much so that for the
first time at the raffle, people were asking for saplings of specific
plants rather than holding up a small plant and asking what it was.
I know it helped me!
Soon after the tour, Eric started a
discussion of his own, showing how to start the process of making wine!
Jim and Eric have had many different fruit trees in the yard and
Eric started turning all the excess into wine. He talked about
fermentation, saturation, and the tools needed to get into business.
I enjoyed the taste test afterwards! I've got bananas in
my freezer as we speak!!
I thought the meeting
ended with the raffle conducted by
but Barry and Larry surprised me with a surprise birthday cake!
It was wonderful hearing everyone singing to me!!
Thanks to all of you!!!!
There is no message from Barry this month
since he sent out his thanks to all of you for your help with Pride.
I know I had a ball there meeting all of the people who stopped
by to ask questions or to join!
This meeting will have several items to vote on - changes to our
structure. We are considering changing the annual date for
membership renewals from September to January. Likewise, we are
interested in changing our elections for offices to January. All
paid members present will be asked to vote.
Our next big project is the Tampa Gay and Lesbian International Film
Festival. We will probably be actively participating this year
as we have in the past!
Elections are coming up, so please consider joining the board. I
will be vacating my spot (s) so there is plenty of room for everyone!
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