October 2018

Blooming Begonias Newsletter
October 2018

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When:  Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:30p.m.
Where:  Mounts Auditorium
Refreshments:  ?
Badge Plant:    ?
Program:    Brilliant Blooms --- Garden Glass Art
                    Joyce Rosselli

President: Sandy Arland   Vice-president: Virginia Jens   Treasurer: Frances Drescher    Secretary: Denise Friedlander    National Representative: Johanna Kitson

President's Message

It is good to be back in Florida, where the sun is shining every day.

First of all, I would like to thank Virginia for filling in for me over the summer. She has had a lot to handle.

1. The approval of our Articles of Incorporation and our By-Laws. Thanks to Frances Drescher and Sandy for completing these two very important documents needed to be in compliance with the State of Florida.

2. The nominations for next year’s officers. Hope you answered the call. These officers are needed for the continuance of this organization.

3. Question in regards to the Paul Lowe’s Award to be given to the best grown Begonia in a Standard Flower Show.

4. Charles J. Jaros Memorial Grant to support the research of new begonias.

5. Sign up for the Mounts plant sale on November 2, 3, & 4. Hope many of you sign up to help, this is our main fund raiser to support our club in order to have good speakers for programs. Also, to purchase plants for our annual begonia bingo so that everyone has a chance to win a new plant.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our October first meeting.

Sandy Arland, President

OCTOBER PROGRAM ---- Brilliant Blooms --- Garden Glass Art

Joyce Rosselli will be giving us a power point presentation and talk about Garden Glass Art. Garden design tips will be shown and how art can be used in a garden. Flowers, bird baths, feeders, sculptures, plus more, will be discussed. Instructions will be given on how to accomplish this type of decoration. Where to find the type of glass and how to assemble it will be taught.


Thanks to everyone that brought in a “Best Begonia” to the September meeting. Sally Savelle, our speaker from Concord, Massachusetts, was impressed with what we are growing in south Florida in our yards and on our back porches. We are quite lucky down here as she can not grow out in her yard even in the summer time as animals (such as deer and squirrels) eat up her plants.


As far as rain is concerned, every month this summer seemed like our rainy month of June. But the flowers loved it! Except for a couple of weeks of gnawing caterpillars, the summer had few pests in my garden. October is fast upon us and I will be throwing out some time released fertilizer one last time for the year. I have noticed a big change in the length of daylight and the shifting shadows in the yard.

October will also bring a welcome relief of cooler weather and perhaps a little less humidity. In years past I began hearing the migrating warblers in October as well, but, the other day I heard my first one. Surely it was an early bird!

Because of our shorter days in fall, it will take much longer for cuttings to start growing leaves into new little plants. The heat will counter-act this a bit but once the temperature truly changes a lot, cuttings will best be done in the spring again.

Johanna Kitson, Newsletter Editor


Meeting called to order by Virginia Jens at 7:30 pm

Refreshments provided tonight by Susan, Gwen, Rebecca, and Nancy

Revised by-laws and articles of incorporation approved, motion passes

Frances announced amount in our treasury

Per Susan, the November plant sale will be November 2,3,4, signup sheets available

Suellen announced the Bok Tower field trip will take place October 20, she suggests car pooling

Our October meeting will be the first Monday of the month, October 1

Donnie Brown made a motion that we donate research monies to ABS as the Charles J. Jaros Memorial Grant", motion passed.

Susan Roberts passed around a sheet for members to include their favorite retail nurseries in Florida and Georgia

Our speaker tonight was Salle Savelle, President of ABS, her presentation was on hybrids named after people, so very informative, it included Bob Hamm, Bobbie Price, Brad Thompson, Carmel Browne, Charles Jaros, Don Miller, Freda Holley, Gene Daniels, Helene Jaros, Hugh McLaughlan, Irene Nuss, Jan Brown, Joan Coulat, Kit Jeans Mounger, Mary Bucholtz, Mary Sakamoto, Maurice Amey, Millie Thompson, Morris Mueller, Normand Dufresne, Rudy Ziesenhenne, Thelma O'Reilly, Tim Anderson, Wanda Macnair. And last, our own beloved Virginia Jens!!! Wow, I can't believe I got through that!! Species are named for a person, place, or attribute.

Badge plant won by Ann Cavaleri

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm by Virginia Jens

Respectfully submitted by Denise Friedlander, Secretary