Long Island Horticultural Society

August News & Notes

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President's Message...

Sunday’s webinar did not go as planned. There were some issues with Zoom that I am trying to get worked out.    We are looking to reschedule.  I am sorry you all took time out of your evenings to attend.  
As we are still in pandemic mode, and NYS has not advised as to the opening of the conference center, we most likely will be starting off in the fall with webinars. The speakers we have booked prefer it that way also. No one wants to take a risk, and the board and I are fine with that.
The webinars are fine, but I miss our regular, monthly meetings. I miss all my friends, and the chit chat, and the raffles, and the competition, and especially the coffee and cake hour. I keep hoping this pandemic can get behind us and we can get back to normal.
It is very important to keep up your membership. We will start sending the webinar links to active members (those who have paid their dues). If you need help, check the website or email me.   
Thank you for all your wonderful daylily photos! There are so many different varieties with just slight differences.   I put them together in a little video that will be available on the website. It is set to music so make sure your volume is up.    
I hope your gardens are all blooming away! This has certainly been a dry summer. Yesterday’s evenings rain showers lasted about 5 minutes, that is not enough for my garden! The  milkweed is beautifully pink, and it attracts a lot of butterflies.
Last week, I was at the Peconic Herb Farm (if you have never visited this wonderful nursery, it is worth the trip). They were growing fennel in their vegetable garden, and the bottoms were mounded with dirt. I have grown fennel in the past, but I have never gotten bulbs like you buy in the grocery store. I wonder if the mounding causes the bulb to form?  
Enjoy the rest of the summer, I hope your gardens are growing like wild!

August 2020

What a great response I got to the request for daylilies!   So many varieties! I put the pictures together in a video, click on the link to view it.    Make sure you have your volume on, it is set to music. Don't forget to pay your dues!  Click here for the Membership Form!



July  Zoom Meeting

 On July 26, 7pm we had some issues with the Zoom webinar.  Our speaker Conrad Decker of Decker's Nursery in Huntington, NY will be rescheduled.

Topic: Condition of the Urban Forest. Conrad will also be answering all your gardening questions. Get those Questions ready!

September Zoom Meeting

LIHS September 13 Webinar 7:00 pm

Speaker: Lorraine Ballato

Author of the international bestselling book:

Success with Hydrangeas: A Gardener’s Guide 

Topic: Foolproof Hydrangeas

You can learn more about Lorraine on her website, http://www.lorraineballato.com where you can also sign up for her hydrangea blog.

From the Editor....

Too Darned Hot....

I haven't been working outside at all lately, just going out late in the evening to keep everything watered. It's even too hot for the tomatoes. They aren't fruiting at all, simply in survival mode. I have been busy working on indoor projects though. I have a video showing how to make Kokedama balls. This is a novel way to "pot" up plants. I'm using the technique to add plants to the paludarium I'm constructing. Check out the video below.

Don't forget to check out the August Garden Calendar to see what to do in the garden this month.

Many members have sent me photos of their gardens for all of us to enjoy. I receive photos often - keep checking in. Newer photos are in the front. I am keeping all the photos in the albums so, we will have a year long look inside of our members' gardens. Please visit the Virtual Garden Tours 2020 page to see members' beautiful gardens. Check out the August Garden Calendar.

-Ann Wetzel

Membership Renewal Form

We have a new Membership Form here on the website. Just type your information into the form and print it out.

The form will print out with all your information right on the form. This makes it much easier for our Membership Secretary to read. It is extremely important to get your email address correct for you to receive all the LI Hort communications. Please send the filled out form with your check to: Maria Hoffman, 951 Jerome St., Baldwin,NY 11510

Access the Membership Form Here

Make Your Own Bug Repellent

Just in time for Mosquito Season we have the video presentation of JoAnn Semeraro's Tutorial on how to make your own Insect Repellent. 

Insect Repellent Recipes

Is something eating your lilies? The red Lily Leaf Beetle could be the culprit. Click here to learn more..


Take a trip with LIHS member Leve Hajdu

to the Gardens of the Cotswolds

without leaving your living room.



            Virtual Visits

This month: 

Joe Lamp'l tour of the Highline

P.Allen Smith Tour of Chicago gardens.

Project: How to design and plant a Cottage Garden

Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from JoAnn Semeraro:

Caponata to enjoy your bountiful eggplant harvest.

Making Kokedama Balls

Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil wrapped with string or mono-filament fishing line. They can be displayed on a decorative surface or hung by string in a window. You can create a string garden in your home. This is the perfect solution for bringing in all of your houseplants in fall. "Re-pot" them all in kokedama, hang them and they won't take up any extra space.