Horticulture report presented during garden club meeting in March

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 08:57 PM


Members of the Woodland Garden Club conduct their business meeting and luncheon at Ribeyes Restaurant on March 12.

Betty Ayscue hosted the meeting and Vivian McIntyre, co-president, presided. Peggy Polak presented the devotional, “Bush Picture Memories,” and closed with a prayer, “Thanksgiving for the Beauty of the Earth.” Then, Ayscue gave the horticulture report, “Bulbs to Plant in the Spring.”

Since lilies never grow dormant, they are historically difficult to grow in North America, being hard to ship and susceptible to viruses. Jan De Graaff of Holland, who was fascinated by lilies, bought Oregon Bulb Farms in 1924. Due to his efforts at hybridization, he was eventually able to produce lilies successfully.

Lilies prefer well drained acidic soil, enriched with sufficient humus to hold the necessary moisture. They should be planted quickly 5-8 inches deep (in either large, deep planters or pots with good drainage) where sun can reach them just until noon. They should be fertilized with fish emulsion or seaweed and replaced every 3 years.

Afterward, members adjourned the meeting. During its next meeting, the club will tour WRAL Gardens.