The December meeting is all about socializing and fun, but a little business must also be transacted. If you normally pay your dues at year-end, please bring a check ($35 for one, $37 for a couple) to the meeting. If you delay until January, you will miss an issue of The Begonian. If you are a fairly recent member, your dues are due on the anniversary of your joining. Suellen Solodar, the treasurer, can confirm your due date if you are not sure.
The begonias are looking vigorous and wonderful and are ready to start blooming. Some of the thickstems will show the first buds around December 1. I have been putting lots of my nursery plants in the ground and also taking shortcuts by planting rhizomes straight to the ground. When I prune canes, I often put stick the cuttings in the ground near the original plant. This method works pretty well at this time of year because the weather is cool enough not to dessicate the plants before they get rooted. I do this with cuttings that would otherwise be composted or discarded. If a plant is one that I have in only limited numbers, I would pot that up and keep it shaded until rooted. Snails have been less of a problem this fall with the cooler and drier weather, but I am keeping a watchful eye and will probably spread a minimal amount of metaldehyde snail bait to keep the population down.
The meeting began at 7:30.
President Price welcomed all and asked the six guests in attendance to introduce themselves. Doris chose the Begonias for the raffle table.
Sue Ellen was not in attendance, but Doris reported that the account was approximately the same as last month.
OLD BUSINESS: Brenda from palm Beach State College provided a tissue culture update. Culture growth from August was shown in an example culture.
Tropical Short course is again being offered on Jan 25, 26 which includes lunch.
Next months' holiday party sign up as well as volunteer list was circulated to the members for participation.
The officers for 2011 were announced:
President: Virginia Jens Vice President: Fran Drescher Treasurer: Suellen Solodar Recording Secretary: Tara Ford Corresponding Secretary: Madeline Alongi National Representative: Lee Statkewicz
Speaker: Sid Gardino discussed unusual and rare plant species including their characteristics. Sid brought beautiful plants which were purchased by members. Our thanks to Sid for an informative and interesting presentation.
The meeting concluded at 8:45.
Tara Ford, Recording Secretary