A. D. Farquhar Meteorological Report Horticultural Apr. 4, 1961 1960 1961
Oct Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Av. High 65o 56o 36o 34o 44o 53o " Low 45 36 19 18 28 34 MEAN 55 46 27 26 36 43 Lowest Temp. -4o on Dec. 23rd
Rainfall Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Total " 1.9 1.3 2.3 1.2 3.2 4.5 14.4
Snowfall 1 16 19 26 62 in.
Days some percipit. 8 8 6 9 15 15
The Highlands April 4, 1961
It was a pleasure to meet for the first time at the new Highlands where Robert and Mary Reading miller have made the new and the old blend for comfort and attractiveness. Spring flowers decked the rooms and the tables where we gathered to enjoy the unfailingly good food.
The Vice President read the resignation of the President, Jack Bentley, from that office which was accepted with regrets. Mary Moore miller who had been temporary Secretary consented to serve this next year and was instructed to write Jack, telling him of our feelings about this. Robert H. Miller was elected President and A. Douglas ?Farquhar Vice President.
Helen T. Hallowell read the long-awaited article on Acorns. John Kiernan, formerly of Information Please fame, told of the many kinds of oaks, including pin, white, black, and mossy cup, the latter taking its name from the type of acorn it produces. He told of a brace of pheasants having been sent from England to a man leaving for Ohio who found acorns in the crop of the birds and planted them. They grew and J. B. Stevens of Westchester, N. Y. has reported the third generation of oaks from the original tree in Derbyshire, England. Elizabeth Ligon then spoke of the enormous oaks at St. Solomon's Island, Md., either water or live oaks.
A a volunteer article, Agnes Kricker passed around a book describing the exhibit of Easter gifts at the Corcoran Art Gallery. They were presents from the Czar of Russia to the Czarina in the form of animals, flowers and berries made from precious stones and gold, given yearly from 1884 to 1917. It was hoped that members would be able to see these beautiful works of art. The Czar had wanted to prove that they could equal 18th century art.
Sylvia Woodward was on vacation in St. Louis so we had no Forethought.
Out Meteorologist reported: 1960 Oct. Nov. Dec 1961 Jan. Feb. Mar. Av. High: 65 56 36 34 44 53 Av. Low: 45 36 19 18 28 34 Mean 55 46 27 26 36 43 Lowest temo. -4 on Dec. 23. Total Rainfall 1.9 1.3 2.3 1.2 3.2 4.5 14.4 in. Snowfall 1 16 19 26 62. in.
Days some Percipitattion 8 8 6 9 15 15
The moisture was about normal for the 6 months reported.
The Huttons brought a lovely display of early spring flowers. The Cedars had pansies. Mary Moore Miller had two tiny persimmon "trees" grown from seeds. The Hutton's tulips were were "botanicals" which moles do not eat and are very early bloomers. Kaufman is one variety.
Reporters on birds: some using feeders are chickadees, hairywoodpeckers, and purple finches. Wild geese have been going over, - one in a double Vee formation. Elizabeth Ligon spoke of the flight of the white pelicans from Florida (in winter) to Oregon & Washington for summer andmany interesting varieties of birds seen in Florida this past winter, -biterms, royal terms, bald eagle on nest, and an osprey that flow off it's nest as they watched. Three island acres have 175,000 birds on them. Locally a kilder walks calmly a few feet from 1400 children using a school yard daily.
The Membership Comittee suggested the names of Irving and Doris Smith to fill the vacancy (Havens). They were approved and will be asked to join.
Fred and Elza Thomas sent in their resignations which were accepted with many expressions of regret and the Secretary was asked to write them of this action. It was suggested that Jeek 7 Jean ladson would be acceptable members if they would join and will be asked to fill these vacancies. As a waiting list to be asked if one or both of the above decline, the names of George and Nedra Coffee and Ellis and Lucy manning were agreed upon.
Questions: Can it get too cold for peonies,- so they freeze? It was thot not. Suggestions were asked for a wind-break for the north side of a perrnnial bed. Barberry are "hogs" for food. Miniature holly is good. The bud of a flowering maple was shown. Edward Iddings identified it as abutilon and said it is not hardy. The crab-grass killer "Halts" can prove poisonous to pets. The seeds of the passion flowere were planted three weeks ago by Edward Iddings but show no signs as yet of sprouting. When a cat was suggested as the "ridder" of chipmunks, the latter were preffered to a car! It was recalled that Dorthy Henderson had once reported shooting chipmunks in Indiana,- such pests as they were. There was no remedy given for ridding a lawn of Star of Bethlehem.
Wild-life reports: Mountain Lions have been seen in the community. Deer are frequent visitors. A local horse has been seen to step on a wire of a fence so that a "horse pal" can erocross it and it tips a birdfeeder to secure grain from it. The only names known for the male and female bear were he and she bears.
The nest meeting place will be Bien Venu and Edward Iddings and Leon Small will be readers,- in May.