Tips On Preparing Plants For Auction or Gifting

Here are Becky’s time tested tips for potting garden plants. Start digging!

Potting PlantsIt is a challenge to keep potted plant divisions thriving and looking good until the Garden Club auction in June. This will be especially true this year because our plants are rushing into early growth and we seem to be stuck in an abnormally warm and dry weather pattern. Here are some tips to maximize both your success and the benefit to the club’s treasury.

DON’T DELAY
Plants should be divided before they have put on a lot of new growth. For example, hostas can be most easily divided when their little pointed noses have emerged, but the leaves have not unfurled. If your plants have already put on substantial growth, don’t be shy about cutting back some of the foliage. The goal is to have divisions with a good balance between the roots and the growth above ground. Cutting back foliage reduces stress. Similarly, don’t hesitate to trim the roots. First remove any dead or non-vigorous roots, then cut back the healthy roots to encourage new growth.

WATCH THE WEATHER
Try not to dig and divide on a hot, sunny, windy day. The best weather is cool and overcast with showers or light rain forecast. If you can’t summon up that perfect weather, protect your newly potted divisions from the sun and wind. Some ideas are to place them on the north side of your house, cover them with a bushel basket, shield them with a beach or patio umbrella.

HYDRATE
Water is going to be especially important this spring. After digging your plant soak it for several hours or overnight in a pail or tub of water. I have had good luck adding a couple of drops of Super Thrive to the water. The soaking will hydrate the plant and make division easier.

GROUP OR BURY
Keeping your potted divisions watered can be a challenge. The task is easier if you can keep your plants grouped closely together near your water supply. Plants will also not dry out as quickly if you can bury the pots in a free space in your garden. They will grow happily until you are ready to pop them out in June.

DON’T HESITATE TO ASK
Terri and I are always happy to answer questions if you are unsure about when, how or whether to divide a particular plant. If you look for information on internet, some of the most reliable websites are those connected with botanical gardens or universities.

A FINAL PLEA
Use potting mixtures that do not contain peat. Not only is peat difficult to hydrate, our planet needs those peat bogs to act as carbon sinks. You can make compost in a few months; peat bogs take thousands of years to form.

February Happenings

At the February General Meeting, our club’s ” Artful Arrangers” presented floral interpretations of paintings by well-known artists.  Each arrangement was backed by a board displaying the painting and a photograph of the artist.  Arrangers gave an introduction to the artist, highlighting his or her life and style of painting, followed by insights on their floral creation and the accessories they chose to interpret their painting. 

 Membership enjoyed learning more about the artists, the paintings, the time periods, and details concerning choice of flowers, colors, accessories, containers, and the very different styles of arrangements.  

The Design Committee thanks Susan Canada for her hospitality and those members who volunteered to be an Artful Arranger this year, including Jill Compton who interpreted Pablo Picasso for the refreshment table. 

–Ann and Connie, Design Committee

 

 Claude Monet, 1840-1926, Woman Reading or Springtime, 1872, interpreted by Betsy Appleby. 

 

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), At The Theater (Lydia Cassatt Leaning On Her Arms, Seated In A Loge), 1880, interpreted by Lynne Brosch.

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (1841-1919), Dance at Bougival, 1883, interpreted by Carol Chambers. 

  Diego Rivera (1886- 1957), Girl With Sunflowers, 1943, interpreted by Carole Chanasyk

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), The Starry Night,1889, interpreted by Betsy Vershay

 

Salvadore Dali, (1904-1984), Swans Reflecting Elephants, 1937, interpreted by Ann Schieber

 

                                Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), No. 5, 1948, interpreted by Linda Van de Car     

                                                                                                                                        

 

 

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December Happenings

To brighten our homes for the holiday, EAGC members gathered  to make wreaths and create arrangements sharing a variety of evergreens, cones, and berries gathered from our yards.  Tables were piled high with fresh boughs of pine, fir, holly, juniper, arborvitae, dried orange slices, and pine cones…and what a very good year this was for winterberry!   Under the tutelage of Connie Gilmore and Ann Hohenberger, many beautiful showpieces were created:

Connie & Ann wish to thank to all who participated and contributed flora from their gardens. 

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We gathered in December at the Wentworth Country Club in Newcastle, where we enjoyed a delicious luncheon of Maple Glazed Salmon or Beef Tenderloin.  We heard our fearless leaders, Betsy & Jill, recite their version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”  which cleverly included all our members and depicted Santa Claus as a “Hunk”!

 

We always seem to have great fun when we gather and take a look at some of the wonderful gifts exchanged:

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Last, but never least, came Betsy’s Holiday Swap, and it did not disappoint-great food and drink, great friends and great gifts?!?!  Here we go:

 

 

An M & M Machine, of course!

 

                                      

                 

                                         

A noisy chair pad!

 

Jill needs an extra large beer stein to make it through our meetings!

 

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An Electric Outhouse- just what I needed!

And here come the specialized dishes:

 

A Crab dish, how special!

 

Flower Pot Lunch Plates

 

Covered Baked Potato Dish-what everyone needs!

 

A nice fish dish needs a fish face, right!?

 

Packed in for this annual “must attend” event:

 

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Fini!

 

November Happenings

Another Successful Bake Sale on Election Day………

 

 

…..And the winner of our Raffle at the bake sale:

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Sprucing up the Veterans’ Garden for Veterans’ Day………..

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General Meeting Featuring Merle Schlesinger, Sogestu Ikebana……….

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Decorating fun at the Exeter Historical Society. . . . .Lots of hands make light work, especially when their talented hands!

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