August, 2014

August, 2014

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When:  Monday, August  11, 2014 at 7:00p.m.
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:   ?
Badge Plant:  -   ?
Raffle Table  -   ?
Program:  - Knowing Your Begonias
                    Virgina Jens

President’s Message

If you missed the July 14th meeting you missed out on a very informative and interesting meeting. Merry Savoy has been working with fancy leaf caladiums for almost 20 years with her friends from Happiness Farms in Lake Placid, FL. Did you know that this wonderful companion plant to begonias was introduced into the USA in 1893 at the Chicago Exhibition and World Fair? Caladiums cannot grow below 60 degrees. It doesn't matter the size of the tuber, the leaves will still be the same sized leaf. Over 2,000 named variety exist. Over 70% of caladiums can grow in full sun. University of Florida takes 7 years to develop a new caladium variety. And, 98 % of the caladiums in the world are grown in Lake Placid. This is the 24th year that Lake Placid is having a 3 day Caladium Festival. The Festival was written up in the Aug/Sept 2010 issue of Florida Gardening Magazine. The fields are as colorful as the tulip fields in Holland. Maria Mitsinicos and I became so intrigued with the presentation and the different colors of caladiums Merry showed us at the meeting that we are driving up to see the Festival ourselves on July 26th.

During our July 14th meeting a change was brought up for our by-laws. It passed with one member voting against the proposed change. When I personally asked that member what her objection was she clearly felt that with 58 members in our Begonia Society it should not fall upon a few members to have to keep running for office to keep the Club functioning. New officers may bring new ideas. When the Nominating Committee starts looking for new members to run for office please think about what you can do for your Club?

I won't be at the August meeting, I'll be looking for begonias in Mexico.

Ed Whalen
President, 2014

August Program

Knowing Your Begonias
Virginia Jens

American Begonia Society President Virginia Jens will talk about the various types of begonias suitable for our south Florida gardens—canes, rhizomatous, trailing scandent, rex---and use plants to illustrate their different properties and uses. The audience will learn how to easily identify the different types, and best culture and design practices.


Meeting Minutes for July 14, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 7:35. Guests were welcomed. Maria was thanked for keeping the doors open as Lee was away on his annual vacation. Doris was thanked for supplying the badge plant as well as the raffle plants. Refreshment volunteers were thanked

Frances read the proposed changes to our By-Laws, which are as follows:

1) Add the following to Article 1, Duties of Officers; Treasurer:

“The Treasurer will have the financial records available for review. At the October meeting, the President
will appoint a chair and two additional members to serve on the Financial Review Committee. At the beginning of
the next fiscal year, the Committee will meet to review the previous year’s financial records. The committee
will issue a report no later than the March meeting. The committee may also review the society’s financial
records at other times during the year. The Treasurer will file with IRS by May 15th annually.”

2) Delete the following sentence, Article IV Nominations and Elections:

“No elected officers may serve more than two consecutive one (1) year terms in the same office.”

Linda made the motion to accept. Maria seconded the motion. We had a quorum of our 58 members to vote The vote passed with one objection.

Merry Savoy was our presenter on fancy leaf caldiums. She had a very nice display up front, pictures of various caldiums, even with plantings of caladiums planted only six days and two weeks apart. It really was amazing to see the instant growth. The U of FL circular 1060 tells everything you want to know. Only pests for caladiums are deer and lubbers. Lubbers breed in crinims. Mulch will smother caladiums. Pine straw works well. To plant amend sandy soil with top soil. It often helps to add biochar to the bottom of a container. This can be bought at a Super Public's in their garden dept. When planting just add water to get started, they don't need much fertilizer. Caladiums are such a fast grower it is fun for kids to just watch them grow. During the entire growth period the plant puts out new eyes and sprouts. They will last a good 5 to 6 months. In Florida they re-bloom for 4 to 5 years. Six months blooming, six months dormant. Stems can be cut for flower arrangements. If you place them layered in water for a few hours before putting them in a vase they can last more than a week.

Respectfully submitted,
Suellen Solodar, Recording Secretary