Woodland Garden Club meeting: Bird feeding, holiday cactus among topics discussed

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 07:51 PM

The Woodland Garden Club met on Nov. 13 at Ribeyes Restaurant with Sarala Reddy as hostess. Vivian McIntyre, co-president, called the meeting to order.
Louise Parham presented the devotionals “Feed the Birds.” According to Parham, very morning — regardless of the weather — a birds come and wait for her to throw bread crumbs out on the lawn. All sort of birds come: little sparrows, grey lories, crested barbets, rain birds, doves and pigeons. As soon as she goes back inside they fly down and commence to eat.
Betty Ayscue gave the horticulture report on “Holiday Cactus Schumbergera Hybrids and Poinsettia Euphoria Pulcherrina.” Holiday cactus is capable of blooming at almost any time of the year by manipulating light and temperature. The natural changes of daylight hours will usually trigger the blooming of these different holiday cactus to coincide with their named holiday. In the fall, reduce watering and keep the Christmas cactus cooler than 60 degrees to 65 degrees at night. Protect from artificial light during the night hours. Increase watering and resume feeding when the flower buds appear. The plant should not be moved to a different location once their buds set.
In order to “set” time of blooming for Christmas poinsettia plants, they must be subjected to 14 hours of total darkness per day with a night temperature of 50 degrees beginning in mid-September. Place the plant in a closet; or cover it with black cloth, black plastic or a cardboard box.
The program “Floral/Foliage Arrangements” was presented by Peggy Polak. A 20-year member of the Woodland Garden Club and master gardener, Polak demonstrated the mechanics for leaf arrangements and other helpful hints. She stated that flowers are not necessary to make a leaf arrangement. She gave instructions on how she used the fall color leaves from trees and shrubs to make three arrangements. A basket arrangement was made with soaked oasis placed in the bottom of a basket. She enclosed the oasis with green Leland cypress and then made a bouquet using red, yellow and orange leaves. The bouquet was inserted in the middle of the Leland cypress. She completed the design by adding a bow on the handle of the basket. The leaves were taken from Nandina, Bradford pear, oak, sweet gum, begonias and Japanese maple and more.
Polak said the ivy arrangement will last up to two weeks or more. In fact, the ivy will sprout roots and may be planted.
McIntyre reminded the club members about planting pansies at the post office and senior center on Nov. 16. She also gave a tip on the butterfly: butterflies actually “taste” with their feet! A butterfly’s feet have tiny receptors which allow them to “taste” the food as they are standing on it.
Following the program and business meeting, the club members enjoyed lunch and fellowship.
The next club meeting is scheduled for today, at 10 a.m. Members will assemble at the Vance County Senior Center on Garnett Street to make Christmas floral table arrangements.