I’d like to welcome all members to the New Year and wish them the best of luck in their gardening efforts in 2010. It seems to me that I heard, some months ago, talk of this being an ‘El Nino’ year, which usually results in a milder winter, and if our current congenial weather holds for the next couple of months we should be in for a good start to the gardening year.
One thing to watch for in the lower mainland, at least in my experience with roses, is that February can sometimes be mild and sunny, thereby bringing on new growth early in the year, only to be followed by a miserable and freezing-cold March which promptly kills all that tender growth and sets the plants back. I usually wait until the last possible moment in the spring, sometime in late March or into April when buds are breaking anew on my roses, before doing my annual pruning; better safe than sorry when dealing with an overly seductive February. We should be crossing our fingers and hoping that isn’t the case this year.
I’d like to thank you all for your confidence in electing me president of our club (it helps to be the only nominee). I’ll try my best not to disappoint and would like to be a net benefit to the organization. If I had any broad goals I guess they would be increase the membership, particularly to attract more male members (as you know, we do come in handy from time to time) and to increase our bank balance. It seems to me that our most profitable endeavour is the annual spring plant sale so we should likely be doing as much as possible to set aside plant material in the fall and winter in anticipation of spring.
I have just dug up a Buddleia seedling and potted it up and have also divided a huge Siberian Iris which I will soon be chopping up into smaller pieces and potting up as well. Juliana has kindly offered to store these in her cold greenhouse for me (once they are potted) as I live in a townhouse and have little space for them. If any other members have a suitable space for storing potted divisions made up by other members it would surely help to increase our stock in hand come spring. Added profits form the sale will, of course, also benefit our charity endowment.
I hope to see you all at the next general meeting, Jan 19 2010 when our guest speaker will be Adam Gibbs, freelance photographer, discussing garden photography.