Thursday, September 26, 2013

October 2013 Newsletter

Note from the President-   Another Hosta and gardening season is coming to a close.  At Pace Gardens we did not do any additional watering on top of what Mother Nature provided for the past few months and because of that decision the gardens are going dormant very early.  Cyclamen hederifolium is in bloom right now, but the number of blooms per corm is significantly reduced from precious years.  The Colchicums are just now sending their blooms up from the bare ground.  Their pink, white, or purple leafless blooms bursting forth from the bare soil is such a welcome sight this time of year that I usually order a few new ones every year so the collection keeps expanding.  Another fall spectacular plant is Begonia grandis.  By this time of the year it has reached its 18 inches in height and has drooping flower racemes of medium pink blossoms up to 8 inches long.  The leaves are angel winged in shape and are green on top and red/burgundy on the reverse.  Begonia grandis is hardy in our area as long as it isn’t kept wet during the winter months.  This is also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs so get any newly purchased bulbs into the ground to give them a good start on developing roots before the frost reaches their root zone. 

Despite the rain showers at Mark and Becky Hanner’s during our last meeting, the EMHS Annual Plant Exchange was a great success.  Thank you Mark and Becky for being our hosts for the biggest meeting of the year and for being such gracious hosts, your studio was the perfect food court and your yard and gardens were perfect for the large selection of plants that were donated to the exchange. 

I am curious to hear feedback about how the exchange was run this year.  We voted at the December 2012 Meeting to change the drawing order to; according to how many meetings a member had attended.  I keep an attendance record for every member and meeting and this year’s exchange was drawn according to that record.  We also had the $5.00 table per last year’s vote.  Please let one of the board members know your feelings regarding this year’s Plant Exchange or you can email me at

The October 10th, 2013 meeting is open to anybody that would like to come hear a great speaker.  Joseph Tychonievich will present “Thinking Outside the Hosta: Great, unusual options for the shade garden”.  Joseph is the Nursery Manager at Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville, MI and is the author of the new book “Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener” published by Timber Press.  For those who wish to obtain Joseph’s new book, he will have copies for sale at the meeting.  I have also asked Joseph to bring plants to sell at the meeting.  For those that have ever browsed the online Arrowhead Alpines catalog, you know that there are not many “common” plants listed, so you can expect there to be some interesting purchases waiting to be secured during the refreshment time of the meeting.
Please remember that at this meeting we are only having cookies, coffee, and tea so as to facilitate time management for book and plant purchases as well as to give Joseph time to speak and answer questions. 

Since I forgot the August Minutes at the Sept meeting, we will vote on them at the October meeting.
See you at the meeting,

Please review the Minutes of the August and September Meetings prior to the October 10th meeting.  We will vote on the Minutes at the meeting. The minutes are posted on the blog for your convenience.

Next Meeting- EMHS is proud to announce that Joseph Tychonievich the Nursery Manager at Arrowhead Alpines, Author of the new book “Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener”, speaker across the USA, and a self-confessed all-around plant obsessed garden nerd will be our speaker for October.

Our next meeting will be on October 10th, 2013 at 5:30 PM at the Mayfield Twp. Hall, 1900 N. Saginaw, Lapeer, MI 48446.  This is our regular meeting place located just south of the point of M-24 and N. Saginaw, (the driveway just north of the Cemetery). 
The doors will open at 5:30 PM.  Cookies, Coffee, and Tea will be served at 6:00 PM and Joseph will be selling his book as well as plants.  The presentation will start at 7:00 PM, and the business meeting will start at 8:15 PM.    

Comments to the EMHS blog:  I am mentioning blog posting to let you know that your comments to the blog can be published too.  All you have to do is go to the EMHS blog at   and comment to a blog posting which will alert me that you have made a comment.  Once I deem the comment valid for publishing I will okay and it will automatically be posted.  Please note that I cannot edit or spell check your comments, all I can do is to publish, ignore, or delete your comments.  All comments will be screened by me to deter any vulgarity or inappropriate comments being published to the EMHS blog.    Glen

2013 Calendar of Events:
Oct. 10th- EMHS Meeting, Mayfield Twp. Hall,
            Speaker- Joseph Tychonievich
Nov 3rd- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
Nov- no EMHS meeting
December 12th- EMHS Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.  810-631-4292,
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies. 810-664-7531,
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.  989-642-5772,
Moore, Dyane- Fairy houses
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.   989-871-2873,
Salk, Pat/Bill Kapustka, Daylilies.  810-678-3519,
Smith, Stan/Mary Lou, Concrete leaves, toad houses.  989-845-3455

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention Website-
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website-

Hosta Society Membership info-
American Hosta Society
,  $30 individual, $57/2 years, $34 family, $62/2 years
Send dues to: Sandie Markland, AHS Membership Secretary, Post Office Box 7539, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Michigan Hosta Society,
Dues are $15 per household for up to two people, good for 2 years. Make checks payable to: The Michigan Hosta Society and send to; Michigan Hosta Society, 2509 Wembly Lane, Troy, MI 48084-1280

Eastern Michigan Hosta Society, Dues $5 per year per household, Make check payable to EMHS and mail to: Barb Hunter, EMHS Treasurer, 316 Davis Lake Rd. Lapeer, MI 48746

EMHS Board of Officers:
President                     Glen Pace                989-244-4029
Treasurer                    Barb Hunter                    810-664-7531
Secretary                     Marlene Daniels         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner                     810-631-4292
Fund-                          Mick and                    
Raising                        Cathy Hodgson           810-664-8985

Email extra;
By Mary Bardens and reprinted from the newsletter
of the Northwest Indiana Hosta Society, August 2008
Mini Hosta 101
At the 2008 American Hosta Society National
Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, Warren
Pollock presented a lecture titled “Mini Hostas
101”. Here are some of the recommendations Warren
made for good mini hosta growth.
§ Minis need sharp, rapid drainage. This can be
accomplished by adding up 50% chicken grit to the
growing medium. Chicken grit, a crushed granite
stone, is inexpensive and can be purchased at the
county coop or feed store.
§ Minis need moisture. Although this sounds like a
contradiction to sharp, rapid drainage, it actually
refers to watering often. They do not like to dry out
and will not recover well from a drought. A light
mulch is advised. Keep the leave dry and do not let
them touch damp soil.
§ Minis need good air circulation. This is easier to do
when the minis are in pots or troughs and can be
elevated. If planting in the ground, don’t try to tuck
it down under a larger hosta or grouped too tightly.
§ Minis only need about 3” of soil when planted in
containers. Many of them have very short root
systems to go with their small stature.
§ Minis do not like to have their root disturbed. This
is why they do well in pots and the pots can be
moved instead of disturbing the hosta.
§ Minis like a light application of nitrogen in the
§ Minis like to be mulched over the winter. It keep
the soil temperature even and helps prevent
heaving of the entire plant out of the ground.
§ Minis may be put into the soil, a large pot or large
trough by burying the entire small planting pot in
which it came. To give the mini good drainage,
place a few inches of pea gravel under the mini’s
pot and fill the soil in around it to the top of the
pot. If you lift the pot out of the soil and the roots
are trying to emerge from the bottom of the pot,
you may repot it in a slightly larger pot and return
its slight larger space.

Another Extra from the AHS Newsletter Exchange

Milorganite as a deer chaser
Milorganite as a deer chaser? We were
surprised to learn this fact at the recent
AHS convention in Milwaukee.
For those of you that were able to attend the
convention and visit the beautiful garden of Bill
Radler, developer of the Knock Out rose; you saw
many hostas placed throughout the garden. We spent
about 2 hours in the garden and even toured the area
with Bill as he discussed various plantings, how the
beds were laid out and some in the group of 6 or 7 even
were able to identify some hostas for him. The home is
located near a major stream and a large portion of it
floods during storms. This is also a heavily wooded
area with deer, one of which walked across in front of
us as we drove down the street to his home.
But if you really stud-ied the yard you not-ed there
were a lot of hostas and other plants outside the deer
fence. How do they survive?
At the dinner on Saturday night Barb and I, along with
the Isaacs, were at one of the front tables and Bill was
there talking to some of the others at the table about his
garden. A question was asked how he kept the deer
from eating the hostas. The answer – Milorganite!
Everyone said “What?” It seems that about every one
to two weeks they broadcast Milorganite on the beds
outside the fence and have zero deer damage. In
addition to not seeing damage, I did note the ones
outside the fence were very large and great color, even
some that appeared would be in more sun than shade.
If you have not used Milorganite Fertilizer on your
garden or lawn you need to check it out. For some 85
years this product from Milwaukee has been used by
professionals and gardeners. It does not have to be
watered in, does not burn, is slow release over
some 8-10 weeks and is safe for children and pets. I
mix it with my yard fertilizer when I broadcast each
spring. In addition, I broadcast Milorganite on our
hosta beds at least once or twice a year and add some
to pots along with the other fertilizer.
Milorganite is organic nitrogen with 4% iron and does
contain some phosphorous, but the manufacture notes
it will not leach out as occurs with mined phosphorous.
It is more available for the plant and will not move into
groundwater, lakes or streams. If you have concerns or
areas where you think this may happen the decision to
use it is yours alone.
Milorganite is available at any of the garden centers
here in 50 pound bags. So if you have a deer problem
check this out. It may be the best solution to your
problem instead of using sprays, hanging soap in the
trees in your yard or building the 6-foot tall fence.

For more information go to

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sept. 12, 2013 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was held at the home of Mark and Becky Hanner in Otisville
            Gardens Toured at 4:30 pm – 5:10 PM

Refreshments served from 5:10 - 6:00 PM

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Glen Pace

Welcomed/Introduced new member Paul Laidler and visitor Belva Currier

Name Tag Committee Chair; Cathy Myers presented the different name tags and prices that have been found.  Cathy Myers made a motion that the $1.00 Name Tag from Commercial Graphics be the one that the club uses for new badges.  The motion was seconded by Gene Arms.  A membership vote was taken and passed unanimously.  A name tag sign-up sheet was provided for anybody wishing to get a new name tag. 

Next Meeting will be October 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the Mayfield Twp. Hall in Lapeer.  Joseph Tychonievich from Arrowhead Alpines will be the speaker.  Refreshments for this meeting will be cookies or finger foods with coffee and tea to drink.  This will not be a potluck meal.  The Board will take Joseph out to eat before the meeting. 

Treasurer’s Report given by Barb Hunter; A motion was made by Cathy Myers to accept the Treasurer’s report as written.  The motion was seconded by Dyanne Moore.  A membership vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously. 

Annual Plant Exchange drawing rules were changed by a membership vote at the December 2012 meeting.  The drawing was held according to the number of meetings a member attended since last year’s Plant Exchange.  Also a $5.00 table was set up for the more choice plants could be placed on it, as a members name was drawn they could buy a $5.00 plant or choose on for free from the many free exchange plants.  The list of 44 memberships was gone through 5 times and then the remainder of plants was opened for anybody to take. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM. 

Respectfully submitted,
Glen Pace

EMHS President