Long Island Horticultural Society

July News & Notes

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President's Message...

Wow. Samantha Ritter opened our eyes up to the florist industry and more reasons why we should be local. Her flower photos were beautiful and presented different option from what you would get from the local florist. I was impressed with what she could do on a half acre property.

Samantha is not the first farmer I have talked to who starts their seeds in January. I think there is something to be said for that. I started heliotrope seeds in March, and while the plants are healthy, they don’t seem to be anywhere near blooming.

We are getting geared up for our July meeting. I am hoping you will all attend. We have some exciting how-do’s planned, a raffle table and an informal exhibit table. Take some cuttings from your flower garden, arrange them in a vase, and display them! Share your garden with us.

NY State is requiring we are masked 100 percent of the time during the meeting. Please come prepared. It does not matter if you are vaccinated.

In September, we will start the regular schedule of meetings. I am looking forward to getting back to normal. Terry is working on a list of dynamic speakers. If you would like to volunteer to speak for the tutorials, please let me know. Share your gardening knowledge. At LIHS, our members have a broad range of gardening interests, and we want to hear about them!

Last year I had grown elephant ears and at the end of the season I saved the bulb. This spring, the bulb was a little soft so I tossed it to my compost heap. Imagine my surprise when last week I found 3 healthy stalks growing! Gardening is full of unexpected wonderment that fills our soul!

Happy gardening and see you in July!


Cook's Corner

This month's recipe comes from Connie Kneis: Aunt Bubble's Magic Raspberry Pie 

Membership Renewal Form

Please fill out the Membership Form here on the website, when renewing or joining. 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: Katherine Readinger 12 Evans Court, Huntington Station, NY 11746   Access the Membership Form Here

Sunday July 18 Meeting:
Sharing Our Horticultural Know-How

At: Planting Fields Arboretum 

Conference Center

Doors open at 12pm

1pm start time

Hands on Tutorial with Terry Sajewski: Making Kokedama

Leve Hajdu: Care & Propagation of African Violets

For more information visit the Meetings page

There will be a raffle table please bring any plants or garden-related items that you would like to donate to the raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold starting when the doors open, and the numbers will be called after the Tutorials.

There will be a Horticultural Exhibition Table Please bring your favorite plants, floral arrangements, garden photos, or any other horticultural art that you would like to display 

Everyone will need to wear a mask during the meeting, regardless if you are vaccinated. 

Ronnie's Recap

June 27  Webinar

Samantha Ritter: Slow Flowers

Recap by Ronnie Brancazio

Book   Review

by toni Cabat
1001 Gardening Tips & Tricks, Mary Rose Quigg

I am always on the lookout in our local Nassau library, for new garden books and was pleased to find 1001 Gardening Tips and Tricks by Mary Rose Quigg (2021)

This book is written in short tips and tricks rather than long prose. Everything is to the point. It is a comprehensive collection of practical tips covers all aspects of gardening, from flowers and houseplants to planting shrubs, vegetables, herbs, and trees. There is also advice for dealing with garden pests, learn about the tools that will make your life much easier, and find valuable ways to avoid the aches and pains while gardening. Just for us!

Woven throughout are poems and proverbs, legends and lore, and small color drawings. This make it an enjoyable read and a perfect gift for the gardener in your life.

· "Put broken eggshells in a watering can, fill with water, and leave overnight. This will extract the nutrients making an excellent and cheap plant feed."

· "To improve the growth of leeks, add a little soot to the soil."

· "Weeding between onions rows should be done by hand, as hoeing will damage the shallow roots."

· "An old wheel rim makes an ideal storage place for a garden hose when not in use. Hang on a garage or shed wall."

· "For organic insecticide spray, boil a whole bulb of chopped garlic until it's soft. Put it into 1 gallon of water and add 1 tablespoon of biodegradable detergent. Leave for a day, strain, and use as required."

It is available in our local Nassau/Suffolk library system and on Amazon, of course.

July 2021
From the Editor....

  On June 13 we headed down to the Philadelphia Flower Show this was a historic year, for the first time the show was being held outdoors - now this I wanted to see! The theme this year was Habitat. Habitat for plants, animals and people. There were a lot of very creative interpretations of the theme. Oddly enough one of the most beautiful gardens was sharing space with a rubbish heap. The name of the design was "Community", as in asking the community to do more to beautify their surroundings. 
  There were some amazingly creative displays. One of the most spectacular was the Kokedama Forest. Deciduos seedlings planted in Kokedama balls positioned on a rebar armature curving upwards towards the sky.
  A very poignant display was from a high school's horticultural program, the students gave their interpretation of Open Walls: bringing the inside out and outside in, in response to the isolation of the pandemic. 
  We happened upon a crazy display, admittedly at first I thought they were outhouses that were dressed up but when we got closer we could see they were phone booths that got a dressing up. The took the confines of the obsolete phone booth and dressed it up in Sunday's best to give the feel of a private parlor.
  The only thing we missed was the Horticultural Competition of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. This display was housed inside a building on the property, but there was a Disneyland long line to get in and I wasn't going to spend the short 4hr time slot we had waiting on line. 
  I really hope they continue to hold the Flower Show outdoors in coming years rather than the dimly lit Convention Center. It had everything the indoor show has and so much more. Yes, dealing with the weather is an issue but, they could just extend the duration of the show to allow for the occasional cancelation due to lightening. If it does go back indoors, at least I was able to go to the one fabulous outdoor event.

  Click on the viewer below to check out the pictures from the flower show!

At the entrance to the show your greeted by the stunning display of a gazebo wrapped in a boa right out of the1970's

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The "Boa" is actually spray painted asparagus fronds

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Our work is never done
Our work is never done

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At the entrance to the show your greeted by the stunning display of a gazebo wrapped in a boa right out of the1970's

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Don't for get to check out the Garden Calendar page, click here for what's blooming now; July To Do List, Tips & Tricks for the month.

Check out our Virtual Garden Tours Page, Click here. Contributors this month Include: Carolyn Bantz and my garden (Ann Wetzel's)

I hope everyone has a very Happy 4th! Enjoy the fireworks and I look forward to seeing everyone in-person again for the July 18 Meeting! Until then,

- Ann

See you in

The News & Notes Team will be taking a break in August but will return in September! Enjoy your Summer!

Relaxed Yolk