July, 2012

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When:  Monday, July 9, 2012, at 7 p.m. Where:  Mounts Auditorium

Pot Luck and Silent Auction

President’s Message

What a great June program! As always, the ABS horticultural correspondent, Greg Sytch, gave us ideas for growing really beautiful begonias. I saw a lot of note taking, and there were a lot of questions- always the sign of a good exchange of information. Next meeting: July 9, 2012- Pot luck and Silent Auction! Plants and garden related items. Guests and non-members- $5.00. Bring one covered dish for each person in your group. Door will be open at 5:00pm, with set up starting then, eat at 6:30pm--- eat and check your bids. The bottom bid on the sheet wins the item- don’t go back and cross out your bid and put a higher one beside it. You must write your name and new bid at the bottom. Attention those who bring plants for sale to the members! It was voted to change the split between the seller and the club. The proceeds from any item that sells for less than $5 will be considered a donation (100%) to BSPB. Any item that sells for $5 or more is to be split 70/30 (seller/BSPB). Any donation to the club would be greatly appreciated! Upcoming events: August 8-12- American Begonia Society Annual Convention, San Diego American Begonia Society’s 80th Birthday celebration. There will be a great plant sale, wonderful speakers, great tours, and a beautiful show. Conventions are much more fun to attend than to organize and put on! You should have your information packet by now. August 13, 2012- Vertical Landscaping- Bruce Pearson. An important topic to those who are gardening on balconies, patios, or confined spaces…. or just have filled their allotted acres of land!

Virginia Jens
President, 2012

Newsletter Editor’s Message


Summer and Begonias Begonias sure had a head start this year because we only had about 4 days of winter below 50 degrees! Having fertilized earlier than most years, my begonia leaves have really become huge this year and summer has only just begun. Canes are full of many, many blooms…..seedlings are growing very fast…..cut back canes are flushing out with lots of new growth……rhizomatous begonias are growing and producing new leads. Some of my best growers are Passing Storm, Caribbean King, Caribbean Corsair, Manaus, foliosa, thelmae, peltata, heracleifolia, Red Umbo, Cotton Candy, Pink Torch, and Mirage. Cuttings grow very fast in these warm and long days and nights. Perhaps in August if any one is trimming begonia leaves or canes we can do an exchange at the August meeting. The begonia garden at Mounts has a great start. If any members would like to donate a plant or two we can always use more donations.

Reprinted from the Astro Branch newsletter ---------------



3rd, 4th & 5th Capricorn

8th & 9th Pisces

12th, 13th & 14th Taurus

18th & 19th Cancer

27 th & 28th Scorpio

31st Capricorn


1st Capricorn

4th & 5th Pisces

9th & 10th Taurus

14th & 15th Cancer

23rd & 24th Scorpio

27th & 28th Capricorn

31st Pisces ·

Planting and Transplanting are best done in Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces with Cancer being the best. ·

Best Pruning for quick growth is first Taurus and then Capricorn -----------

GREAT WEB SITE FOR PICTURES OF BEGONIAS Surfing the internet I found this great organization in Washington DC called DC Tropics. At their web site they have hundreds of picture of begonias in nice settings. Check them out at Flicker when you get a chance http://www.flickriver.com/photos/ dctropics/sets/

Newsletter Editor

Meeting Minutes for June 11, 2012

Welcome President Virginia Jens called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. The society aims and purposes were read by Victoria Lang. Linda Wringer was recognized for donating refreshments; Kitty Phillips contributed the badge plant. Old Business Minutes were posted on the web. Kitty moved to accept the minutes. Suellen Solodar seconded, and all voted in favor. Virginia Jens presented the Treasurer’s Report. Sandy Sklar made a motion to place an ad in the Mounts Leaflet at no more than $450 for the year. Kitty seconded. The motion was defeated 5 to 7. Filings for the IRS are still being prepared. There will be a begonia garden work party on July 7, the same day Mounts’ volunteers do garden cleanup. Scheduling work at the same time as Mounts volunteers means that there will be staff support and complimentary lunch and water for begonia garden volunteers too. Thanks to Greg Stych for his plant donations for the begonia garden. New Business Next month is the summer silent auction/pot luck. It is a mid-year fundraiser for the club. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for set up. We will eat at 6:30 p.m. Everyone will bring a dish. Volunteers are needed to setup and cleanup. In the past, the silent auction was a 80/20 split or 100% donation to the club. A lot of time and energy spent on bookkeeping makes it barely worth doing. Suellen Solodar made a motion that beginning at the July 9th auction, any plant that sells for less than $5 is a donation to the club. Sandy seconded. The motion passed with all voting in favor (none opposed). Frances moved and Ed Whalen seconded with that anything that sells for more than $5, 70% goes to the donor and 30% to the club. There were no opposing votes. The motion passed. Registration packages for the annual ABS convention in San Diego have been mailed. ABS has shirts for sale. The women’s shirts are available in kiwi, light pink and white with green embroidery. The men’s are available in forest green, kiwi and white. There is a sign up sheet for polo shirt offers. Make out checks to BSPB. The shirts should be available for pickup next month. Announcements Gene Joyner announced the annual Tropical Fruit Festival will be on Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with activities throught the garden. Rain or shine. Gene is on the radio June 19th WRMB (89.3 FM) 7:45 a.m. – 8:25. He is also on Sunday morning around 7:30 live on 880 AM radio. Meeting was adjourned. Program Program was given by Greg Stych, horticulture advisor for ABS Begonian and ABS correspondent since 1975. His conditions in New Port Richie, one mile from the Gulf of Mexico, are a little colder than PBC. He spoke about fertilizing, soil mixes, pot selection, use of frost cloth in winter, propagation, and more. He recommended his blog and planetbegonia@blogspot.com for more information.

Respectfully submitted, Sandy Sklar
Recording Secretary

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