The last meeting was a ton of fun what with the pot swap, tea tasting, yummy noshes, 5 guests and the main event – “Art in Bloom”. The Artful Arrangers, a.k.a our own talented members, was brought to you by the Design Committee. Thanks to Connie for all her hard work on coordinating this event. There were 7 inventive and very different vignettes of cherished objects and arrangements, which were presented by the makers. Here are some snaps. (I have to apologize for failing to get a shot of Lynda’s wonderful “Singing in the Rain” display. She had a song and dance and everything! Please don’t hate me. If someone else got a shot, send it along and I’ll post it separately.)
I just took a look at Denise Landis’ new issue of her online magazine, The Cook’s Cook. It’s written for “cooks, food writers & recipe testers”. I know how much many of our members enjoy cooking (myself excluded) and I think you would enjoy checking this out. It’s very well done, with articles & blogs about food & food-related issues. (There’s an informative article in this issue about saving the bees.) I also found some interesting recipes on Denise’s blog. Go to The Cook’s Cook website where you can subscribe for free.
It’s time to start thinking about planting. Succulents are beautiful little plants that do well in the garden and in pots. Since they can be quite costly at the garden center, it would be great if you could get your own free plants! How do you do it? Propagating, of course! Here are 4 easy steps.
- Break off leaves from a small branch, exposing a short stem. Dry, or “callus”, cutting for several days before rooting.
- Mix equal parts sand, perlite and soil. Water well and use to fill a small pot.
- Push stem or ends of leaves into the potted soil mixture and tamp around them to set in place.
- Water and keep the succulents moist in a sunny spot. Watch for new growth in four to six weeks, then repot if desired.
In the photo to the left is a propagated century plant. You may remember that Terri gave out some cuttings one meeting a while back. I decided to try it and it turned out well – notice the new growth on either side of the base of the plant. If you look hard you will see a small shoot on the left. I fully expect to see flowers in a century or so. If I can do it, you can too!