2015-10-08 / People

Pine Needle Garden Club members get underway with kick-off meeting


Peggy Glover, Lillie Turner, Becky Goldman, Elaine Beggs, Mel Talbot, Norma McKinney and, not pictured, Brenda Holder, recently attended the Pine Needle Garden Club’s kick-off meeting. Peggy Glover, Lillie Turner, Becky Goldman, Elaine Beggs, Mel Talbot, Norma McKinney and, not pictured, Brenda Holder, recently attended the Pine Needle Garden Club’s kick-off meeting. Did we have a great time? Mrs. Norma read our Garden Club Motto for our kick-off meeting. And what an appropriate verse! Our Horticul­ture plant had several folks stumped - they, finally, got it. But in walked Mrs. Lillie Turner, master gardener that she is, and got it right off the bat. The plant was a pale, pink, double Althea Bush, also known as Rose of Sharon.

Mrs. Norma and Mrs. Peggy told us about saving seeds from Althea Bushes. You need to wait until the bloom fades and tear into the dried part of the middle part of the flower. There you will find a tiny, dry seed. Plant them in a pot of good soil and next spring you will have good plants ready to put in the ground. However, my pink, double Althea is a hybrid and the only way to re­produce it is wait until spring, trim several new branches, cut them off at an angle, put root-tone rooting hormone on the very ends. Then put the branches in good potting soil in a pot and water. Set them in a shaded spot and they should take off pretty soon!

Grab Someone and Go - Several people had been to the mountains or to the beach and discussed the plants there. Also, the yards around town are beginning to show their fall col­ors. Look for the changes and show a child! They love pretty colors - my own eight year old grand-son even noticed the incredible color in my zinnia bed. The Zinnias really have been a show!

Tips for Gardeners - if you haven’t planted fall veggies, yet, you may be pretty late. Mustard and turnip greens are beginning to need pick­ing - reminds me of Pioneer Days coming in just one month!

The Botanical Gardens in Athens, Georgia is less than one hour away - and it is free! The new Children’s Garden is finished! Yeah! All of those bugs and tad poles and fright­ened frogs are just waiting for a child to come by and look through a magnifying glass at them. Think they look funny? Just think, you may look funny to them, too, with that big eye looking at them! You may give a donation on your way out. It is run by UGA and The Gar­den Clubs of Georgia, Inc. so it is really good!

The Program last week was the new book from The Garden Clubs of Georgia, Inc., The Frightened Frog by Bennett. It is poetry explaining the hazards of being a frog! “Fully Relying On God!” The environment that frog lives in would frighten me! But, if you have a third grader - the book is recommended for third grade. I love it and I’m not in third grade, a bit older! But the poetry is good for reading class and the envi­ronment is good for science class! Teachers love those things that are cross-curricular! Get the book and enjoy it! No matter how old you are!

Our garden club people made frog ponds from muffin cup papers and crinkle grass with a stamped, green frog jumping up out of the pond. Really he was only on a popsicle stick! But they look cute sitting in my environment!

Come join us the third Monday in October, the 20th, put it on your calendar now, 7:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Lincoln County Library, Humphreys Street entrance.

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