Fall clean-up and planting discussed at Deer Creek Daisies meeting

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The Sept. 12 meeting of the Deer Creek Daisies was held at the lovely country home of Judy Gentry. Member guests were treated to appetizers and a delicious array of food, including homemade peanut butter pie and pecan pie.

The meal was enhanced by a beautiful arrangement of brilliant red dinner-plate sized dahlias…a gift from Jo and Sonny Layman.

Following dinner, the guest, Stacey Wilt from Patchwork Gardens, talked about fall clean-up and fall planting. Stacey gave many helpful hints! She began by saying that you need to “have a vision.” Clean all the dead plant material out in fall when blooms are finished, cut back perennials and divide to make the original plant healthier and have new plants.

Fall is an excellent time to plant perennials. Think about what you want that garden to look like in the spring. Another great tip was to keep a notebook. At the end of summer, record what worked and what didn’t. Then next spring you will have more of an idea what to buy to keep your garden looking fabulous all summer long!

Stacy also talked about specific plants. For example, she said Bubblegum Petunias don’t require as much water as other varieties of petunias. They also have an “up and out” growth habit that makes them a perfect choice for filling large areas. Thanks again, Stacey, for sharing all those great and helpful tips!

Members were given meeting dates through December and they are: Oct. 28, hosted by Billie Lanman and Rita Lanman; Nov. 18, hosted by Kendra Knecht and Shirley Pettit; and Dec. 1, hosted by Marty Cook and Joyce Schlichter. Judy Gentry and Emily King were the hostesses for the September meeting.

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