AN EVENING WITH DAN HINKLEY AT VALLEY NURSERY
Distinguished Plantsman Daniel J. Hinkley will share his infectious passion for plants during a special event hosted by Valley Nursery on Saturday, December 11th at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for the lecture only and $45 for lecture and a signed copy of his book Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens.
Reserve your tickets today by calling Valley Nursery at 360-779-3806. Space is limited so call today!
FROM PRESIDENT JANE
Our deepest sympathy to Malee Warren for the recent death of her husband, Jim, who was also a member of FJGC. Malee has requested no visits for now, but cards are certainly welcome. Malee’s address can be found in the Membership Directory.
A Note to Members:
In August the Board established the policy that announcements of deaths of FJGC members or their spouses/partners would be included in a scheduled newsletter to all members. Prior to any announcement, our Sunshine Committee will make inquiries of the family or spokesperson for their consent.
In time for Holiday giving:
Lenore Lynch has ordered packets of note cards featuring the cover of our 2021-2022 Membership Directory! These cards have always been a favorite, see below for details.
There was a notice and link on our FJGC Website for half-price tickets for the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival scheduled for February 9-13, 2022. I hope you were able to take advantage of this savings, and please remember to regularly check our website (and read the newsletters)!
As always, please let me know if you have any concerns or comments.
Jane Ritley, President
REMINDER: Our JANUARY 12 MEETING will be live and in person!
Nita-Jo Rountree will present
Perfect Plant Combos For Every Garden.
Deborah Olson, Vice President
WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP — DECEMBER 8 –Only 2 spaces left!
The Garden Club has room for 2 more participants at Bainbridge Gardens for wreath making on December 8 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Class sizes are limited.. You buy the rings from the nursery — typically $9.99 or more dependent on the size of the ring. You also would pay for the greens you use and ribbons but most people bring their own greens and ribbons. Participants should bring shears, gloves and clothing appropriate for the weather.
Fredrick will meet the participants at Bainbridge Gardens and help them get started. The gardens have an employee or two that really know how to build a wreath and will help anyone that asks. There is a nice coffee shop nearby. Reservations are available online click here to sign up.
Contact Fredrick Branchflower or MJ Strahm
Merry Christmas, dear FJGC members.
Anne and I want to share with you that today, December 1, we visited the YWCA in Bremerton and stopped by the home of Naomi Nichols, the President of the Foster Kids Assn. of Kitsap County. Thanks to your timely and generous responses, many children will have some of their Christmas wishes come true. 53 of you contributed $6,005, $450 more than last year! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support.
At the YWCA office, we met Ro Smith who joined the Y staff in April and is now serving as Director of Programs. She is excited about her job and has lots of good ideas for new programs. We also met Charlene Edmond, a 20-year YWCA veteran. Currently she is their Community Resource Advocate. Both ladies were so appreciative of our support, and we left, feeling proud that our club can make such a difference!! Our Y check this year is $2,950.00.
Then we dropped off a check for $2,205 for Naomi and the Foster Kids Association. Naomi’s husband Tim accepted the check and thanked us for our support of their foster families. He said, “It takes a village!”
Finally, I was able to mail a check for $850 to the Ladies Aid Auxiliary of Hansville Helping Hands and Cemetery to support them in their work in the community and with assisting neighbors in need.
Thank you all for your participation in what has become an annual tradition. You can feel proud of what FJGC has been able to do. Anne and I would classify today as a Red Letter Day!!
Blessings and Merry Christmas to you all.
Jacquie Pavey, Anne Johnson, and the Philanthropy Committee: Jill Becker, Robin Stempien, Joann Ater, and Roz Williams
HORTICULTURE — December Gardening
In early December I look forward to Christmas and also the advent of a new year. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions related to the garden? I always do. Staying on top of the weeding is a perennial on my list (and never is fully realized). Working on certain neglected areas of the garden is usually there. My new garden has brought a new resolution to the top of my list: removing ivy, blackberries and lawn. The ivy and blackberries are obvious, but friends have questioned the removal of lawn.
Turf grass requires inputs of time and resources and has little or no habitat value to wildlife. I believe people should have no more lawn than they need. Lawns allow youngsters to run through the sprinkler and the family to play a game of croquet or badminton. They may also give the dog a place to play, cover the drain field and set off planting beds nicely. Each purpose requires a certain amount of space, so I’ll keep what I need and remove the rest.
The lawn at my new place was mostly patchy, mowed weeds when I moved in. It’s not perfect, but much better looking now. Weeding, fertilizing, over-seeding and regular mowing has made a big difference. If you haven’t already done it, a fall application of lawn fertilizer is due.
WSU has a wonderful, free publication called Home Lawns that you can find at pubs.extension.wsu.edu/home-lawns. It will tell you how to have the best turf in the neighborhood. It’s recommendations, like 4 fertilizer applications per year, may seem like too much trouble. Try to do at least two applications (now and in late spring) of a fertilizer with about a 3:1:2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Another good winter project is giving your tools a good working over. Well-maintained tools make garden tasks go faster. Look at the wood handles of your tools. Getting rough or cracked? Sandpaper and linseed oil are much cheaper than replacing tools.
The blades should be washed and any rust attacked with a sheet of 80-grit sandpaper. For ease of use, keep a sharp edge on your shovels, spades, hoes and trowels. When you buy a tool, it will not be very sharp, because it’s a hassle to ship and market tools with sharp blades.
Sharpening isn’t hard. Simply draw the cutting teeth of an 8-10 inch bastard file in one direction over the edge being sharpened. If you have been working with a dull tool, you will be pleasantly surprised at the difference. Finish the job by applying a coat of oil on the newly cleaned steel.
Remember that your most important gardening tool is your own body, so take good care of yourself. Don’t let the rich holiday food combined with too much time loafing get you out of shape this winter.
For more of Holly’s articles, click on this link or look at the top menu–>Resources–>Horticulture
GREETING CARDS AVAILABLE
Hopefully by now you are familiar with this lovely image from Maia Eisen’s garden that is on the 2021 directory cover. Cards are being printed with this image. This year the cards are larger and on nicer paper than past years. A set of five costs only $8.00. That will save you money and a trip to the local card shop. You will be ready to send a note for the next special occasion or have a stocking stuffer or hostess gift on hand. If interested, please come to the East Room of the Community Center on Wednesday, December 15 at 3:00 PM. If that date/time doesn’t work for you then contact me. If any are any left they will be available at the January meeting.