october 2010 newsletter
Things are looking up!!
Our most recent meeting
met last month for the September meeting at Phil Stager's home and
garden in the Maximo section of South St. Pete. Thanks,
Phil, for providing us with a
wonderful location for our Meeting and for your hospitality!
next Meeting will be on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm at Twigs
and Leaves Nursery in South St. Pete. Philippe and Michael have
invited us back, this time after normal business hours so they can
spend time with us. Michael promises to talk about tropical
gardens, so please plan to attend. They will have plants
available for sale so if you see something you like you can take it
As this is a
business, you will have to bring a chair if you want to sit down.
Please remember to bring a plant or two for the raffle, and
something for the potluck.
Directions to next meeting: Login to Members page
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
Fertilize using a winterizer fertilizer
with plenty of potash which will help increase winter hardiness just
about all shrubs and trees, especially tropicals that might be at the
limit of their range.
Feed and water Bougainvilleas now for the
last time until May in order to encourage summer blooming.
The fertilizer should be one that is high in potash and very low in
nitrogen. If your plant becomes a host for leaf roller
caterpillars, spray the plants thoroughly with liquid Sevin late in the
day, as these caterpillars are night feeders.
Start Cool-Weather Flowers from seed for
Asters, Bachelor's Buttons, Balsam, Calendulas, Lobelias, Lupines,
Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Salvias, Scabiosa, Snapdragons,
Statice, Stock, Strawflowers, Sweetpeas, Verbenas, and Zinnias.
Plant Bulbs Now for Spring Color: African Lily, Amaryllis,
Anemone, Aztec Lily, Blackberry Lily, Calla, Cestrum, Crinum,
Crocosmia, Elephant Ears, Gladiolus, Kaffir Lily, Lapeirousia,
Louisiana Iris, Moraea, Narcissus, Pineapple Lily, Shell Ginger, Spider
Lily, Watsonia, Walking Iris
prevent black spot and powdery mildew disease.
Watch for lacebug infestations.
These pests tend to become a problem once the weather cools.
Check lawns for insect pests
especially sod webworms.
Set strawberry plants.
Plant strawberries in a prepared bed. Bare-root plants should be
set in moist, but well-drained soil. Don't cover the crown or
leave roots exposed. Water daily until established.
Varieties for Florida are Sweet Charlie, Oso Felcher, Camarosa, Rosa
Linda, and Selva.
Prepare Christmas cactus for holiday bloom.
Six to nine weeks of cool night temperatures and 12 to 15 hours of
uninterrupted darkness are needed to set buds. Set plants outdoors away
from exterior light and protect from freezes.
Plant winter ryegrass.
Fine-textured winter ryegrass will provide a beautiful, bright-green
winter lawn, but it also requires watering, mowing and fertilizing.
Broadcast 10 to 20 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet.
Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinths are now available for sale. These do
not do well if planted at this time of year. Instead, they should be
placed in a refrigerator (not freezer) and held until December or
January when they can then be planted. These bulbs should be regarded
as an annual crop. They seldom perform well after the first year.
Watch for twig girdlers. These
insects lay eggs from the branches and then prune them from the tree.
The infested branches rest on the ground through the winter and the
young twig girdlers hatch in spring. Control next year's crop by
picking up and destroying fallen branches.
Sources: Florida Home Grown; Florida Gardening Month by Month
Garden in Sarasota
1825 4th Street N, St Pete.
County Extension Service calendar for lots more gardening
Beautiful Commission in St. Petersburg
Kopsick Palm Arboretum in St. Petersburg
Monthly meetings at Moccasin
Lake Nature Park
2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater:
1st Monday, October – May, 7:00-9:00pm.
Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
First Wednesday of month, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday, 7:30-9:30pm
Everyone helped us set up for the potluck, so
it went off without a hitch.
Phil's large work area served us well as our foodline and the
potluck was well stocked with a nice variety of food.
Congratulations to Eric Defrancesco for his prize-winning dish.
It must have been good cause it was all gone by the time I got
through the line! I will take everyone's word for its
The program portion of the meeting was
bypassed for our annual election. Gary Luter suggested that we adopt
the entire slate of officers as is, which was quickly and unanimously
agreed. Sadly, a few positions are still in need of filling, so
we urge all of you to consider doing just a bit more to help out.
None of the positions require more than 2 hours of work a month,
and one of those hours is our board meeting! It would be a
tremendous help if you will reconsider taking over one of the vacant
offices. It will only make the club stronger, run more smoothly,
lessen the load for all the existing officers, and give you
something to add on to your resume! I'm sure some of your mothers
would say it will help you up one more rung on the ladder to heaven!
The meeting concluded with the always-popular
raffle conducted by Jim. Thanks to all of you who brought
multiple plants so everyone had something good to choose from. My
one bucket of walking iris is now aobut 6 plants all around the house;
and I am hoping that the invasive clerodendrum cashmere bouquet will
invade all of the weeds currently taking refuge in my planting beds!
dues time! Dues are only $15 per person
for a full
membership-year (October 2008-September 2009). You
can pay on the Club’s website via Paypal, bring cash to the next
meeting (exact amount is requested), or bring a check to the next
meeting. If paying by check, please make
payable to “Gary Raush” the Club treasurer.
This month begins a new year for the Rakes
and Blades Gardening Club. I want to
thank Phil for hosting the meeting, and those of you who attended the
meeting. We were glad to acquire 3 new members and had
4 guests who
joined our 45 members in attendance. It was a nice crowd of
53 in all. With the new year
came new elections and new officers. The election at Phil's was a
unanimous vote for the current slate of officers, a great vote of
confidence in all of us! Your current board is:
As you can see
from the above list, there are still a number of vital positions that
are VACANT! We are stil looking for some of you to step up and
help take on more responsibility.
- President - Barry Campbell
- Vice President - Larry Hughes
- Newsletter Editor - VACANT
- Secretary - VACANT
- Treasurer - Gary Raush
- Raffleator - Jim Nevers
- Host Coordinator - VACANT
- Pot Luck Committee - Hung Chau, and more
- Social Director - Rich Gill
- Program Director - Rich Pollin
- Photographer - Rick Nale
- Membership Directors - Joe Kosmal and Bob
- Webmaster - Bryan Hopper
The most recent opening is for Secretary. This person takes notes
at our board meetings for the boardmembers to refer to and provides a
written overview of the actual meeting to assist the Newsletter editor
and attendance records. If this sounds like a position you
would be interested in, please reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
at your earliest convenience!
The board has decided to do away with the Friday Update emails that we
used to send to everyone in favor of a running Calendar of Events.
Bryan will maintain the calendar with information for us, so you
will have to check it on a regular basis to know what is going on. To help Bryan, we all need to keep
him informed of upcoming community events - either social or gardening
in nature - so he can keep the calendar up to date.
This past weekend we were scheduled to
have a booth at the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, but
unfortunately we had only 1 member show up to help out. Rich
Gill, a relatively new member, was the only one there. I was ill
the whole weekend, so I was unable to attend, yet I hoped there
would be more folks that would step up and help out. Last year,
at a similar event, I was the only one available to man the booth
at the Business Guild. I see this as an unhealthy trend. If
the membership is not willing to volunteer for these events, then we
cannot hope for the growth that we would like to see for our club.
We have to show others what we have to offer as a club in order
for the membership to grow. Please make more of an effort to help
out any time we have events scheduled!!!
Our next meeting is going to be at the Twigs and Leaves Nursery, 1012
Dr. MLK Jr. Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705, (727) 822-5400.
This will be our last 5pm meeting for the year as we are changing
to our Winter Hours. Next month the meetings will be at 1pm.
Our speaker this month will be Michael, one of the owners of the
nursery. He says he will have plants available for purchase, so
bring a few extra bucks and pick out some plants to help support this
gay-owned business! You will also definitely need to bring a
chair to this meeting as there is no seating available at the nursery
Speaking of extra bucks, our
membership dues are NOW DUE! We will be taking cash or
checks at the meeting (made out to Gary Raush),. or you may pay by
Credit Card or direct debit from your bank account at Paypal..
The membership dues is still $15.00 per person, the same as when
we started 5 years ago. Please pay this at your earliest
convenience as we will be dropping unpaid names from our mailing list
in a few months. We would hate to lose anyone! If you have been
attending meetings and haven't joined up, now is the time!
I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at our next
meeting. It should prove to be enjoyable and informative at Twigs
and Leaves, as it was a few years ago when we last visited them.
Many of our members have been traveling and are finally home, so we
should have a nice crowd and lot of catching up to do!
Enjoy your gardening!!!!
Club officer contact
Click on any link to send an email to that
President - Barry
Vice President -
Treasurer - Gary
Social Director - Rich Gill
Coordinator - Rich Pollin
Editor - VACANT
Membership Directors - Joe Kosmal and Bob
Coordinator - Jim Nevers
Coordinator - VACANT
Committee - Hung Chau
Webmaster - Bryan Hopper