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Folsom Garden Club Neighborhood Gardeners since 1934 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1681, Folsom, Ca 95763 Website: www.folsomgarden.org December 2010 Newsletter “I heard a bird sing in the dark of December, a magical thing and sweet to remember. We are nearer to spring than we were in September, I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.” -- Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing Board of Officers December 2, 2010 2010– 2011 Here Comes Santa Claus Christmas Party President Erin Angulo 11:00am – 1:00pm (916) 983-6557 (916) 768-3629 cell The Rotary Clubhouse in Lew Howard Park firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a dish to share for the potluck st 1 Vice Presidents Bring a $10 garden related gift Sally Berry Bring an ornament to decorate the Christmas Tree at the (916) 933-4885 Folsom Convalescent Home email@example.com and Contact Carol McKee if you have not signed up yet Jan-Can Prendergast 916-933-7863 (916) 855-3210 firstname.lastname@example.org 2nd Vice President Brenda Dayton (916) 351-0862 email@example.com December Birthdays Treasurer 2 Lisa Wu-Murphy Joye Gephart 4 Dianna Leight (916) 715-1418 13 Betty Bernard firstname.lastname@example.org 17 Gigi Gerber Recording Secretary 23 Koby Warren Lynn Emmick 24 Merry Reaves (916) 294-9960 email@example.com SRVD - The Sacramento River Valley District Parliamentarian Denny Wiemers www.californiagardenclubs.org (916) 983-1008 National Garden Club www.gardenclub.org firstname.lastname@example.org The President’s Corner President, Erin Angulo 983-6557 (916) 768-3629 cell email@example.com Happy Holidays Fellow Gardeners! The cooler weather is changing the leaves, time for planting winter vegetables, and are all of your bulbs in the ground yet? I am already receiving the seed and plant catalogs and drooling over what to plant next year. I need more room for all of the offerings I would love to buy! Of course, trying to find the time in the spring and fall is NOT entering my mind while looking at all the beautiful photos of perfect fruits, vegetables and flower… I want to encourage everyone to join in some part of our club – we have so much to offer – and it is a great way to meet everyone in a smaller setting. I also want to thank – again! – all of you who do so much for OUR club. So many have offered their experience and wisdom to make this wonderful club even better!! Again, happy holidays – they come by faster and faster every year – and I look forward to seeing you at our December potluck on Dec 2 and the tree decorating at Folsom Convalescent Hospital on Dec 10th. Yours in the joy of gardening -- Erin Angulo November 4 Meeting of the Folsom Garden Club The people that provided the refreshments were: Joye Gephart, Sally Berry, Rhonda DesVoignes, Alice Wilcox, and last but not least Shirley Jones. Nina Sanders (photo on the right) helping with coffee in the kitchen. The table decorations (photo on the left) were done beautifully by Pat Rowell and Judy Hickey. Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you – Anna Lombard There were 64 members in attendance with several guests. The hodgepodge table took in $55 -- The Raffle Table took in $60 -- Penny Pines collected $22.03 One new member joined. – Look below under 2010-2011 Yearbook for names. Guest Speaker - Mary Arakelian, NGC Floral Design Master Judge and Past President of the Sacramento Floral Design, created several beautiful floral designs. She also created a wreath with greenery, adding red berries, lemons, and apples, then adding the finishing touch of a lovely ribbon. Mary presented the wreath to Ron Byrd, a member since 2007. Plant of the Month – Grayce Vander Broek brought a plant called moneywort also known as Creeping Jenny. Creeping Jenny is a fast growing, prostrate plant with pairs or round, penny- sized leaves along the slender stems that snake out from the center of the plant. It’s mostly evergreen in our area, especially if situated where it doesn’t get much direct wintertime sun. The stems root freely at the nodes. Creeping Jenny is easy to grow, responding to extra watering or fertilization by just growing faster. In rich garden soils, it provides a cascade of stems and leaves that shoot out in all directions with the stems capable of making a foot or more of growth in a month. Honoring Past Presidents Special name tags and roses were presented to past presidents in attendance at the meeting: Left to right - Dianna Leight (2004-05), Barbara Peterson (2005-07), Gladys Trejo (2000 – 2002), Dorothy Populorum (2003 and 2007-08), Faith Faraci (2004 and 2007-08) and Joy Greene (2008-09) . Check out the “Help Wanted Section” on page 7. Mark Your Calendars Folsom Garden Club Events Other Garden Activities and Events Dec 8 – 3pm at the Senior Center – signing Christmas Nov 20 – 10am – Garden Tour, Sacramento Old City cards for Folsom Convalescent Home Cemetery, Autumn Color in the Cemetery. Tour is free but donations are gravely needed! Dec 10 – 10am to Noon - Christmas tree decorating at the Folsom Convalescent Home, on the corner of Dec 3 & 4 – Homes for the Holidays – Tour six Natoma and Mill Streets beautiful professionally decorated homes in El Dorado Hills. - $20/person. For ticket information Jan 6 – Monthly Business Meeting contact P J Carlson @ 916-933-4196 Jan 18 – Dirt Gardeners at the Senior Center, Dec 11 – 11am and 1pm – Fanciful Garden Workshop Andrew Nieman from Windmill Nursery will talk at High-Hand Nursery, 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis, about care and planting of succulents. CA 95650 $45, contact to register at 916-652-2065 Feb 3 – Monthly Business Meeting April 1 – 3 – Wildflower Weekend, Feather Falls March 16 –Bouquets to Art - Bus Tour to the Casino & Hotel in Oroville. call (530) 877-2432 Web site - www.norcalwildflowers.org, deYoung Museum, $35 per person. Contact Diana Or email - firstname.lastname@example.org Raymond, 916-996-4552 or email@example.com The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming -- Bird Lovers, Here’s a great activity for you. Donna Brennan, Folsom Garden Club Member since 2004, would like you to know about the Great Backyard Bird Count. Get Ready for the Christmas Bird Count Audubon’s 111th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place between Tuesday, December 14, 2010 and Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The longest-running wildlife census in the world, the count engages citizen scientists from Barrow, Alaska to Belize and beyond. Contact Donna Brennan for more info. 933-8739 or firstname.lastname@example.org. What is the GBBC? The 2011 GBBC will take place Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21. Please join us! The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds. Info, checklists and wonderful gallery of photos of birds taken by participants at: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ • Prune pine trees and other conifers now through February. Gardening Tips • Divide and plant agapanthus. (from Sierra Nursery and Sunset • Prune cane berries other than low-chill raspberries. • Cut back chrysanthemums after bloom; clean up the ground. magazine and Sac Bee) • Fertilize cool-season bedding flowers. • Continue to fertilize cineraria for growth. • Plant groundcovers. • Once rains arrive, stop watering succulents growing in the ground. • It’s your last chance to plant daffodils, hyacinths, muscari, • Water bulbs, especially potted ones. and tulips for spring bloom • Water roses until mid-month--but only if rains aren't adequate. • Plant a basket of narcissus for holiday bloom. • Don't let citrus go dry in cold or frosty weather. • Finish filling flower beds with cool-season flowers for winter • Bait flower beds for cutworms, slugs and snails. and spring bloom. • Stake young trees loosely so they can develop strong trunks. • For spring flowers, plant California poppies, cornflower, • Pre-chill tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses. larkspur, scabiosa, nastursiums, and sweet peas. • Wrap the trunks of young citrus and avocado trees with an • Wildflower Beds: Mow or cut down dry stems to 6 inches, insulating material to protect them from cold. and pull any weeds. Till the ground, then sow fresh seed on • Replace herbs: When lavender, mint, rosemary, and sage become bare areas. Keep the beds moist, watering between light old and woody, start over with fresh plants. Planted early this rains. month they will produce strong roots now and take off in the • Plant flowering kale. spring. • Continue to plant winter vegetables, including garlic. • Mulch, mulch, and mulch some more. Protect Your Bulbs – (submitted by Jan-Can Prendergast, member since 1990) Fall is the time for planting spring bulbs. Fall is also the time when squirrels and other backyard critters scavenge our yards and gardens in search of these tasty little treasures that we've buried just for them. Wrong! 1. Choose the right bulbs The easiest way to keep squirrels, deer, mice, and other creatures from eating your bulbs is to plant bulbs they don't like. 2. Build a barricade You don't have to go without tulips and crocuses—spring just isn't spring without these two beauties. You'll just need to rig up a barrier to keep pests (squirrels in particular) from digging them up. For more information go to National Home Garden Club website at www.gardeningclub.com October 20 – High Hand Nursery Tour After a terrific lunch at the café, Scott Harris, owner of High- Hand Nursery, lead a tour for about 30 people. Located at 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis, High Hand Nursery is a full service nursery and landscape company, a 100 year old fruit shed with full operating iron shop, art gallery operated by co-op Placer County Artists, Truckee Mountain Rug Company, Brass Gallery and Koi Fish. www.highhand.com or (916) 652-2065 November 17 – Wreath Making It was a perfect day at Joan McArdle’s house. Everyone had a grand time Making different kinds of holiday wreaths. Thanks to Joan for opening her garage and home for this festive activity. WISDOM (by Jane McKeon, Senior Associate Editor, BH&G) After autumn passes and winter sets in, take a bird’s-eye view of the garden while its bones are bare. Sketch out those planting plans that came in the heat of a summer moment, before they drift into winter hibernation. Plots available at the Community Garden Gladys Trejo, a member in the Folsom Garden Club since 1944, invites club members to her community garden to develp their skills in producing vegetables, fruits and flowers. Contact Dan Knott if intersted in a plot at the Community Garden. 988-1931. Folsom Community Garden Opportunity Jim Karnis of the Rotary Club of Folsom shared his idea of having a Community Garden in Folsom hopefully by April 2011. Jim and Dan Knott (a garden club member since 2001) have been working with the City of Folsom about the possibility of a community garden and looked at several potential locations selecting the space next to Livermore Park off Riley Street. Dan Knott is putting together a list of people who want to be involved with this project. Please contact Dan if you would like more information about this idea: Dan Knott 916-988-1931 or email@example.com Carol McKee, a member since 2004, lives in El Dorado Hills, and is always searching for deer resistant plants. She found some and planted them into pots. But as you can see in the photo on the left, the deer don’t seem to know they are eating her deer resistant plants. Don’t give up Carol. Make your garden bird friendly – (from www.GardenGateNotes.com) If you have a garden, you probably have birds coming to visit. But how can you make your garden even more attractive to birds so you pull in more kinds and keep them around longer? No matter what size it is, your garden does need to have three basic bird-friendly elements to bring visitors in: Food, water and shelter. And if the birds like the shelter they find, they’ll often stick around to raise a family. FOOD — For a majority of birds, juicy berries are fast-food favorites. The most popular fruits are small so the bird can quickly gobble them up and move on. Things like holly berries, crabapples and serviceberries are always popular. That’s fine for now, but next spring when the parents are concerned with protecting the nest, they can’t cover as large an area as they normally do in their search for food. That’s an important time to be sure there’s lots of food nearby. Feeders are a good idea. Always place them in a spot that gets early morning sun — that’s when birds do most of their feeding as they appreciate the early warmth. WATER A birdbath is an ideal way to make sure birds get — enough water for drinking and bathing. Set a birdbath about 10 ft. away from a tall shrub or a small tree. Bathers like a “bird’s eye” view of the area to make sure it’s safe before they dive into the water. And when they come out, a branch nearby gives them a spot where they can perch and preen before flying away. SHELTER When it comes time to roost, most birds will — choose any protected spot, such as a dense tree or shrub. But when they’re ready to build a nest, they may be a bit more particular. It could be the same tree or shrub, a hole in a tree trunk or a ledge tucked up high on a wall. A lot depends on the kind of bird, but anywhere out of the hot sun and soaking rain has potential. No matter what kind of home birds build, you can help. Drape 6- to 10-in. pieces of white cotton string over branches so they can gather it for building material. Or tuck other fibers, such as human or pet hair, in a mesh bag and hang it from a tree. Some birds use mud as cement, so keep a spot in your garden constantly wet so they have a steady supply during nesting season. WINTER TIPS FOR TREES – (info provided by Susan Douglas, member since 2007) A few winter tips to keep your trees healthy and safe for next year: Inspect! Winter, when most trees are deciduous, is the ideal time to inspect your trees for any sign of structural problems that might lead to branch or trunk failures. Check your trees from the ground up. Look for narrowly attached limbs, extra-heavy branches, cracks, cavities, loose bark, mushrooms and conks. If you discover anything that might be suspicious, consider contacting a qualified arborist to conduct a full assessment. Prune! Winter is the best time to perform most pruning. Young shade trees should be trained to a strong and dominant single central leader. For most trees, more than one leader can lead to structural problems late. If your tree has more than one central leader, select the strongest and best placed and remove the others. Leave lower branches attached as long as possible, since they are providing much needed nutrients and help build trunk girth. Larger trees are best left to a professional arborist. Never allow a tree to be topped! Mulch! Gather up all those pesky leaves that landed in your garden last fall and put them to good use. Add them to your compost pile and use them in spring as a soil conditioner or surface mulch. Nothing is better than mulching and incorporating organic matter to build good soil! Plant! Winter is one of the best times of the year to plant new trees. Trees planted now will have a better chance to adapt, and will require less care and irrigation in the hot summer months. Many nurseries have their best tree selection in the winter, including bare-root and ball-and-burlap stock. Pest Control! Many common insect problems can be more easily treated in winter. Broad-spectrum, low impact sprays such as dormant oils can control scales and many other insects without the ramifications of using other, less environmentally friendly compounds. Certain pests, including many that cause "honeydew" to drip from your trees during the summer, should be treated now with systemically acting compounds. These are usually applied to the soil rather than being sprayed on to the tree. Remember to always follow label directions or consult with a professional. FAST TREE FACTS: 100 trees remove 5 tons of carbon dioxide a year. 100 trees remove 1,000 lbs of pollutants a year, including 400 lbs. of ozone and 300 lbs. of particulates. 100 mature trees catch about 100,000 gallons of rainwater per year. Strategically placed trees can save up to 30% of air conditioning and 10-25% winter heating costs. Large specimen trees can add as much as 10% to property values. Consumers spend more time and 12% more for goods in tree-lined commercial districts. Source: U.S. Forest Service Western Center for Urban Forest Research and Education, UC Davis, CA. http://www.folsom.ca.us/depts/community_development/arborist.asp http://www.folsom.ca.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=9622#page= Hiring an Arborist Pruning large trees can be dangerous. If pruning involves working above the ground or using power equipment, it is best to hire a professional arborist. An arborist can determine what type of pruning is necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. A professional arborist can provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance. There are a variety of things to consider when selecting an arborist: • Membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). • Certification through the ISA Certified Arborist program. • Proof of insurance. • A list of references (Don't hesitate to check.) • Avoid using the services of any tree company that: - Advertises topping as a service provided. Knowledgeable arborists know that topping is harmful to trees and is not an accepted practice. - Uses tree climbing spikes to climb trees that are being pruned. Climbing spikes can damage trees, and their use should be limited to trees that are being removed. *This information has been provided courtesy of the International Society of Arboriculture. Thank you Susan for sharing this info about trees. 2009 – 2010 Yearbook WELCOME NEW MEMBERS -- We now have a total of 98 Members Add the following new member to the Membership Director in the Folsom Garden Club 2010-2011 yearbook: Sheila Romero Check at the meeting for sign up sheets or contact the person listed below. • Hodgepodge Table - Please bring plants, cuttings, divisions, etc. to add to the hodgepodge table • Looking for Cooks - Is one of your favorite rooms in your home the kitchen? Do you have a passion for cooking for friends and family. If so please call Anna Lombard @ 989-2003. We are looking for a few foodies that would love to get together and cook, learn, and share with one another. Space is limited. • Gardener of the Month – Looking for members with interesting gardens to share in the newsletter. Contact Diane Stout @ 983-3204.
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