Greetings from up north
I admire all of you with the stamina to keep growing begonias in the heat and humidity. Thanks to all of you for bringing such nice plants to our annual silent auction. Thanks for the good food too.
I am growing a nice tuberous begonia up here. Huge (4”) pink blossoms, beautiful silvery-burgundy leaves. It does not seem to mind our (still) cool rainy weather in the Catskills. The plants I brought from Florida have totally rejected this lousy weather. I brought small B. ‘Nancy Cohen’ for my friends. They are now smaller than when I brought them up here, and I’m too ashamed to give them away.
Which brings me to—could we try a competitive flower show this year? After the Convention you all should have a small taste of flower shows, and I’m sure a large appreciation of how gorgeous begonias can be. OK, so nobody managed to get Doug Pridgin’s secret from him. Well, Doug will not be allowed in this show! More about this later—we’ll keep you posted.
Keep growing those begonias.
Speaker: Bruce Pearson of Tropical World Nursery will talk about microclimate gardening. All gardeners take advantage of microclimates even if they do not think of that when they are selecting a location for a plant. Bruce will also discuss some unusual plants and will bring some things for sale.
Refreshments: Elaine McElvey and Di Loveland
Raffle Table: Tara Ford
Badge Plant: Christine Schwartz
|B. 'Maggie Nodal'||B. 'Reddington Shores'|
Bruce Pearson will be our speaker on August 10. He will talk about microclimates and other things currently on his mind. Here's your homework: Walk around your garden and notice where you have sun and shade at this time of year and different times of day. This is the hottest time of year, and the spots where you have several hours of sun now are probably not suited to begonias. Other places may now have some shade but are sunnier in winter and the begonias may do fine with the less direct winter sun. Knowing where the sun is during the changing seasons is a key to taking advantage of microclimates.
There was no formal meeting and no minutes were taken.
Sandy Sklar, Recording Secretary