A delicious meal prepared by Julie and Connie was enjoyed by the Deer Creek Daisies on a cold winter’s night. It was an evening of food, friendship and flowers. As they say on the farm, after being “fed and watered” they got down to business.
A drawing for the garden door prize was won by Jeanne Miller. She received a package filled with six recent issues of Birds and Blooms, along with a calendar and package of flower seeds.
The meeting began with being opened to any suggestions, additions or changes for this year’s agenda. Connie suggested to the club that the group adjourn the month of August due to hot temperatures, county and state fairs in session, summer travels, etc. It was readily seconded by Joyce Schlichter and unanimously agreed by all.
Members were asked to bring their calendars and ideas for this year’s calendar of events. Many of the gardeners knew what months they wanted to host for attending festivals, flower events, touring flower gardens, lessons on flower designs and many other ideas including crafts.
All the months, many set with dates, are in the making. It’s going to be another good year of learning and travel.
Connie initiated a garden game for a special garden gift. The members were given four minutes to write down their answers to this question. What flowers might have a white bloom? Can be fresh cut, a perennial, annual, herb, or a plant?
Here are some of the flowers the group answered with: Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Hydrangea, Rose, Casa Blanca Lily, Lily of the Valley, Day Lily, Peace Lily, Calla Lily, Stock, Petunia, Zinnia, Dahlia, Allium, Hyacinth, Daffodil, Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Morning Glory, Clematis, Gardenia, Carnation, Hibiscus, Poinsettia, Garden Phlox, Geranium, Gladiolus, Cosmo, Orchid, Tulip, Queen Anne’s Lace, Cone Flower, Honeysuckle, Snapdragon, Star of Bethlehem, Peony, Baby’s Breath,Paper Whites, Periwinkle, Iris, Violet, Hollyhock, Aster, Hosta, Impatiens, Crocus, Cleomes (Spider plant) and we are sure there’s more.
The winner was Emily King naming 20 correct flowers with white blooms. She received a tin watering can “5 x 7” photo frame and a garden tea towel.
The next meeting will be hosted by Shirley Pettit and Connie Lindsey on Feb. 17. The group will be touring 10 storybook gardens.
This is the beginning of the Deer Creek Daisies 18th year as avid gardeners. Those sharing their gardening skills and flower interests and most of all their friendships are Marty Cook, Judy Gentry, Emily King, Kendra Knecht, Billie Lanman, Rita Lanman, Connie Lindsey, Jeanne Miller, Shirley Pettit, Joyce Schlichter, Julie Schwartz and Barbara Vance.
Garden Fact: No ordinary houseplant, the orchid doesn’t grow well in regular potting soil. Consider a bark or peat mix or other loosely packed material which keeps roots aerated and lets water drain quickly. The best method of watering your orchid is to place three or four ice cubes on top of soil mix and let melt, once a week. (Birds and Blooms)