June brought us to
Maximo and to Phil's lovely home and tropical garden. It's always
a pleasure to go where we are made to feel so welcome!
Our Next Meeting: Our
will be on Sunday, June 15th at 5:00.
We will be heading further south to Jesse and Donn's home in Sarasota.
We have never been there before as a group, so this is a
wonderful new venue. Donn and Jesse work hard on their yard
making it an original. They have real exotic plants - false
cotton, arabica, ylang ylang. Things you don't normally see in
regular home gardens. And make sure you check out the wonderful
water feature on the lanaii with all of the orchids! While they
don't have a pool, they are only a block from the Gulf. Come
around 3pm and enjoy a couple of hours at the beach before the meeting!
Bring a chair to sit on. 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:
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
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
devastating storms. 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
particularly active on jatropha. Be alert for scale, whitefly, mites,
aphids, caterpillars, chinchbug, sod webworms, beetles and weevils.
was a beautiful Sunday evening in the jungle at Phil's last month.
We had a turn out of about 30 people, which seems to be our norm,
but it is nice that the 30 vary from month to month. Hopefully
everyone is getting out to at least some of our meetings!
Phil guided those who had never been to his house on a tour of the
yard. He knows when every plant, colm, stalk and tree went into
his yard and can give you their geneologies, I bet, if pressed!
After dinner, Barry
took the floor to fill everyone in on the progress of Pride, and to get
volunteers to man the booth. We also got a bunch of seeds donated to
our seed package project.
Barry spoke, I took orders for club polo and tee shirts. I also gave my
stirring and moving message of what Pride means to me. I had put
it in the newsletter last month, but as I expected, no one read it!
Phil then gave us all a talk on air-layering plants, demonstrating on
some of his crotons. The most important thing to remember - sever
the newly rooted cutting below the air-layering to include the new
roots with the cutting. Otherwise you have to start all over!
The meeting ended
with Jim leading us around to the front of the house to hold the plant
raffle. There were more plants this month than in previous
months, and more raffle tickets were sold.
Pride came and went
without a hitch. The set up was earlier than in the past,
starting at 7am. You would think that would present problems, but
not for our group. The booth was mostly set up by the time I got
there! Rich, Randy, Shiva, Barry, and then Chip and I
worked to get the booth into its cool and tropical spendor that
we have been known for.
Randy and Shiva must
have this bead thing going on. The beads started to fly and they
came to life! Randy was dancing in the street trying to get all
the beads he could! This year I did manage to get out from behind the
table to catch a few strands for myself. Cycle completed again!
The best part of
manning the booth is running into all of our old freinds! Brad
and Gary stopped by to visit and help out for a while - we don't get to
see Gary often enough due to his worlk schedule, so it is always a
treat when we do. Chris and Joel, Ron and Shiga, Dwayne and a few
others caught up with us again.
There are lots more photos on our
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us with any updates or changes.
Upcoming Group Outings
to help coordinate a group outing?This
month would have been an ideal time to schedule a sidetrip to Selby
Gardens since we are going to be in the area for our monthly meeting.
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.
Upcoming Rakes and
Blades Meeting Locations:
August 19th - John and Norm in
September 16th - Islands Bamboo,
October 21 - Wilcox Nursery, Largo
November 18 - Jim Ferri, Sarasota
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/