101st year 2d meeting May 1964
Helen and jack Bentley entertained Horticul ture the first Tuesday in May at the Community House. This was the second meeting of the society in its 101st year.
After partaking of the food, which was generous in all departments except desserts, and this limitation delightfully supplemented by the out of this world creamy mints brought by the guests Mr. and Mrs. Souder, the President opened the meeting. He welcomed our new memebers Wendy and Clive Lawrence whose garden interest and garden lore many of us have enjoyed.
Ellis Manning read from Beverly Nichol's new garden book GARDEN OPEN TODAY, which is informative as well as delightful. Ellis selected Mr. Nichols guides and cautions on the tree planting. Mr. Nichols reminds us that the nursery man can not do all your work. Your responsibility begins when the tree arrives and it is highly essential that you have the right mental attitude. Here you have on your hands a hospital case to be given immediate attention. The little tree has been through a surgical operation. It is all wrapped in bandages and has been forced perhaps to stand up for several days without food or water. Prepare your soil to a two feet depth, not just deep enough to crowd the roots in. Dig in a little o mpost. Get some one to help you plant it, unless you are an expert nursery man. As one plants the other person must juggle it so the loose soil gets around the roots. Stake it, and put your stake in as you plant. Staking is vital. The tree is in a state of convalescense and it may not survive the wintery winds if it is constantly windrocked. With these instructions the tree should live.
With Slyvia's resignation. Horticulture was without a Forethoughter. The president quickly remedied this by appointing Bea Wilson, whose garden demostartes what we have in store. But Bea and Walter were absent so again we had no advice for us to heed the coming weeks.
Douglas summed up April's weather for
m us and his report is attached. In case you have forgotten, it rained 4 1/1 inches on 14 day ts. The t temperature went down to 25 on the 5th and up to 84 on the 18th. The mean temperature was 52.
Grace was absent but by common contribution the [?] report was made. They included pansies from Great Ease and the Highlands; a variegated bouquet from Bea Hutton - magnolia, naroissus, azalea tulips. Pete and Rose bought oregon holly, silver bell. magnolia and double dogwood. The Cedars brought lettuce. parsley, rhubard, asparagus, pansies, and Helen Bentley masses of lilly of the valley and lilacs.
Birds - Wendy had seen what looked like a buzzards
m and also ablue heron on the S alesville pond pud. Helen Farquhar had seen herons on the pond across from the Cedars. Mary Redding reported that goldfinches are eating dandelions, which may put these golden knights in a perferred class. Jack reported that the Readers Digest carried an article on how to keep crows away but the Secretary failed to get this down. Moreover she doesnot remember it ad the Mannings stand in great need of this knowledge. They ate up all the corn Ellis planted. Acquire [?]
Other birds seen were a Baltible ariole. wrens which came April 15, wood robins, grosbeaks.
Mr. Souder confirmed Jacks' story of his neurotice apple tree, which blooms and produces on one half the tree one year and on the other half the next year. Up to recently this had been a normal apple tree, flowering and producing on both sides.
Il was decided to talk No action was taken
on a proposal to change date [F?] leaving the date the [?] Tuesday
betty M. M. Millerwanted to know how to get rid of chickweed. mr. Souder said mr/ youngmand said one can spray with silvex, but be careful to spray only the chickweed. Pete said it provided feed for quail. Lucy said it was listed as an herb in gerb books, and it has merit in that it is easily pulled up. The problem of birds flying against windows was presented: aluminum streamers or curtains were suggested.
Betty wondered what to do about brachen which is crowding out the laurel. Let then fight it out. Nitrogen on laurel will help - I believe he the laurel.
To Rose who wondered what to do with bare spots if she cut azaleas it was suggested she pull the branches together with a string until they decided to stay put.
The perennial question on how high to cut grass came up 3 1/2 inches if new. otherwise 2
The President announced Mary Moore Miller as our next reader.
The next meeting
Meeting adjourned to Oakwood in June
Lucy Manning Sec.
A. D. FARQUHAR
Horticultural Society Meteorological Report JULY 1964
Highest Temp. 92° July 2 Average high 84° 1963 - 84 Lowest Temp. 58° July 5&10 " low 66° 1963 - 51° 1963 - 63° Mean temp. for month. 75° 1963 - 74°
Measurable rain on 8 days Total 1.88 in. Most rain on july 13 .88 in 1.36 inch on 8/3/64
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