The folks at Islands
Bamboo welcomed us to their world of bamboo last month and went out of
their way to make our meeting one of the best ever! Thanks to all
of you at Islands Bamboo!
Meeting: Our next
will be on Sunday, October 21st at 1:00.
Yes, this is the first of our Winter hours, so don't be late!!
We will be heading to a new location for
us - Wilcox Nursery in Largo. The address is: 12501 Indian Rocks
Road, just off of Ulmerton. This is a business,
so we will have to bring our own chairs if you plan to eat sitting
down! They will be providing the program this month on - Florida
enough to share in the potluck and don't forget the plant
raffle! Directions to next
meeting: Login to Members page
Florida Gardener's Almanac:
monthly timetable of gardening chores:
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 Spray
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. Refrigerate
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
The folks at Islands Bamboo had everything set up for us when we
arrived. They had us at tables with bamboo folding chairs, plenty
of space for all of us, so they utilize what they sell!. The
weather held out for most of the meeting, but when it started to rain,
they even came out with umbrellas for us.
Joe and Bob were between world jaunts, so Joe was able to act the
welcoming committee and insured that everyone was signed in. He
gives great hugs, too!
You could tell from all the smiles that everyone was happy to be there.
Really, the nursery was a feast for the eyes, with little
surprises behind every cluster of bamboo.. It was a pleasure to
wander before dinner to see all the garden ornaments they had
Of course the food was terrific and there was plenty to go around.
This was one of the best turn outs for the year, and the food was
certainly up to snuff!
After dinner, we
learned all there is to know about bamboo, along with the best guided
tour of the gardens. We were shown how to propagate bamboo - I
never knew it would grow from the "knuckle"
After the tour we had our raffle. It was great to have Jim our
raffleator back and in full botanical splendor!
Upcoming Rakes and
Blades Meeting Locations:
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/