President’s Message December 2010

Another year is coming to a close, not only for gardeners but for mere mortals as well, and the PoCo Garden Club will be celebrating the old year in our traditional style with a ‘pot luck’ dinner on Dec 21, 2010 at our regular meeting place, Trinity United Church. Pot luck is perhaps too loose a term as, once again, Inge Clarke has lent her considerable culinary skills to organizing a menu for the event; we owe a debt of appreciation to Inge for all the effort that she has invested in seeing that our various gatherings have been a success.

The dinner starts at 7 pm and, as there is no Boy Scout meeting that evening, some members will be on site at about 6 pm to assist in setting up the tables and chairs and readying the kitchen for dinner. I hope that all members will be able to attend and we look forward to a good time at the dinner.

I would also like to extend my thanks to Mark Stephens for his donation of Hyacinth bulbs for sale at the last meeting, the proceeds of which are destined to be donated to the club’s Christmas fund for a local family in need of assistance – this is a yearly undertaking by the club and Mark’s generosity resulted in, I believe, $250 which augmented our existing contributions from club members and which will be much appreciated by the recipients.

On the gardening front, the recent cold snap has helped to knock the leaves off many of my deciduous shrubs and to prepare many of my perennials for cutting back. I now have little excuse for not getting out into the garden and doing the annual fall cleanup in preparation for my winter mulch. A few of my climbing and rambling roses still refuse to let go of their leaves (and I’m too lazy to pick them off, as is often recommended) but I will have to suck it up and get busy soon – the sooner I do it, the sooner that my manure mulch can start breaking down into wholesome topsoil which, by spring, will be unrecognizable from that which derives from the south end of a cow. I highly recommend this yearly mulch (or any such organic substance) as a cure-all for many of Mother Nature’s afflictions and to replace the nutrients that were consumed by the plants during last summer’s growing season and the plant remains that were cleared away during fall cleanup. Nature doesn’t do cleanups – she is the final authority on recycling and we would be wise to follow her example.

A merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you.

Jim Thorleifson

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PoCo Garden Club Established July 5, 1990 by Len Cuddeford P.O. Box 631, PoCo Depot, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3E 6H9 pocogardenclub@gmail.com
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