Presidents Report September 2018
Presidents Report October 8, 2018
Cowichan Valley Garden Club meeting is October 10, 2018, 7pm at St John’s Anglican Church, Jubilee St, Duncan. Doors open 6:30pm
I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and ate lots of turkey plus the bounty from your gardens. This is the time of year when perennials may need to be split up. If you have extras to give away please pot them up in readiness for our spring plant sale.
I feel that I am continually asking for garden club members to volunteer on various committees. Many of our members have served on these committees numerous times and so I am looking for new members to consider volunteering. There is always an experienced member on the committee to help guide you. These are not arduous jobs but provide for an interesting, fun and well run garden club. The current vacancies are the speakers committee, workshop committee, website committee and publicity. As well in November we will need one more member to join the Executive committee. Diane McAmmond and Joanne Licsko will talk about what is required of a volunteer on the Speakers committee and Workshop committee at our meeting on Wednesday.
I received this note from the daughter of a past garden club member. I picked up the bulbs and will bring them to the meeting on Wednesday. If you would like some camas bulbs please bring a bag or container to the meeting.
We are digging up a portion of garden which has had Camas growing more
or less wild for many years and there are now far too many plants. They
are a particularly beautiful deep blue strain. We would be happy to
give the dozens of surplus bulbs of various sizes to good homes. Would
you be willing to pass this along to anyone you know who might be
interested? They should be planted soon as they have already been
putting out their roots for the coming year. See
They thrive in average soil with lots of sun and need no watering in the
summer. (they don’t flower as well if they are in part shade) I think
that they don’t like it if you cut the leaves back after flowering
before they begin to yellow naturally — they need their leaves to
rebuild their bulbs after flowering depletes their stores. As long as
you don’t object to the leaves remaining for a few weeks after
flowering, they make a wonderful, spectacular garden plant (great at the
back of a border) and will seed freely if you let them.
Our speaker for October 10th is Jeff de Jong.
His topic is Getting Ready for Winter Gardening. He will give us advice about preparing the garden to be healthy, productive and attractive throughout the winter. He will cover autumn pruning; perennial care; planting, including winter veggies; caring for the soil; and weather. This presentation will be of particular interest to Club members who are new to the area and to the idea of winter gardening, and also a great review for all our members as we adapt to shorter days and cooler temperatures. Jeff is a horticulturist who lives in Victoria. He has taught gardening and horticulture for over 20 years in Canada and abroad, and writes for numerous gardening magazines and leads garden tours throughout the world. He hosts Victoria’s weekly gardening radio program on CFAX, Gardening 101, which reaches a wide audience across Canada and abroad. Jeff is an entertaining and informative speaker who has done several presentations and workshops for our Club, always to great reviews.
October Parlour Show
- Gold Strike: A vertical design using gold tone flowers and accessories, greenery allowed.
- Giving Thanks: A design incorporating a cornucopia and medley of vegetables,accessories allowed.
- Autumn Celebration: A design including a pumpkin.
- Monks Hood (Aconitum): one cut, any variety.
- Gold Coloured Flower: One cut.
- Asters: One cut (spray), any variety.
- Chrysanthemums: one cut, any variety.
- Last rose of summer: one cut, any variety.
- Herbs: 3 cuts, one or more varieties, one container.
- Any Fall Fruit: 3 specimens, plate provided.
- Surprise Us: something edible out of your garden: one specimen, own container (plate, bowl, vase).
- Anything Goes – Open, non-competitive category. Enter anything you want!
Set up will be the Sharol Tomshak Team #8, the Barb Parker Team #7 will provide tea.
Mix and Mingle Please sit with your teams. The discussion at tea will be topics you would like to have speakers cover.