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Douglas Justice - Cherry Trees and Blooms
Wednesday March 4th, 2020 - 7.00 p.m.
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The President chaired the meeting. The Chairman announced the recent passing of Joan Poole, a long time member and supporter of the Club. The Chairman thanked Wendie Kottmeier and all the bakers responsible for the home baked goodies.

Brenda Cole was presented with a lifetime membership in the Club in appreciation of her long-term commitment to the Club, her “thoughtful, calm, clearheaded demeanour”, and her supervision of the transformation of the projection system.

Joy Kurosu asked for volunteers to help decorate and provide goodies for the Christmas party to be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at St. David’s Church at 7:00 p.m., which replaces the December meeting.

Allison Parkinson spoke on how to make concrete pavers in the form of any large leaf.

Ingredients: plastic sheeting, concrete mix, water, large bucket, gloves, mixing tool (or hands) large veined leaves, chicken wire.

Instructions. 1. Buy concrete mix. 2. Find as many large, deep veined leaves as you want pavers. 3. Lay sufficient plastic sheeting to cover the area under the pavers. 4. Read directions on correct proportion of concrete mix to water. 5. Cut chicken wire into shapes slightly smaller than the leaves. 6. Lay leaves on sheeting, vein side up. 7. Put chicken wire over leaves. 8. Mix and pour concrete to edge of each leaf, press concrete into the veins and wire. Pavers should be about 1 ½ inches thick. 9. Cover concrete patties with additional plastic sheeting to make an airtight package. 10. Allow concrete to cure (2 to3 days). 11. Remove leaves from underside. 12. Chip or grind off any concrete over the edge of the leaf. 13. Seal with concrete sealer. 14. Install. 15. Enjoy.

The Chairman reported a group had visited the Gleneagles Golf course, collected some heritage Piewalkie apples from trees on the course and taken them to the U.B.C. Fruit Festival, where they generated much interest.

Featured Speaker
Mary Hamm introduced Paul Junk of the Cloverley Gardens, his sister Maureen Ramsbottom and nephew Benedict Ramsbottom, who make growing, propagating and hybridizing daylilies a family affair.

Paul spoke on “Daylilies: Passion or Obsession.” The literal translation of the Greek word hemerocallis is “beauty for a day’’, which aptly describes these gorgeous, easy care plants. He reported there are some 60,000 species; 2 main genetic groups; dormant, semi-evergreen and evergreen varieties, some of which are softly fragrant; different flower types: single, double, spider and some more unusual shapes. All thrive in 3 to 5 hours of sunshine per day and may thrive with minimal water. Pests are slugs and gall midge, a recent problem which can be controlled by picking off and disposing of diseased flower buds. The talk was accompanied by hundreds of photos of daylilies in blazing summer glory, nearly all of which were taken in Maureen’s garden.

Further information can be found on their website: www.cloverleygardens.com

Wenda Deane