Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Note from the President- 
We are finally getting rain although the forecast is for a dry September.  My potted tropical bulbs we alive and growing slowly until two weeks ago when we got the first of 2 heavy rains when they started a growth spurt.  After last week’s heavy rain they started a heavy growth period.  I used to easily walk through the plants on the deck and now it looks like a potted jungle.  I truly hope all of your gardens are doing as well as my potted plants.

There is only another week before our annual plant exchange which is on September 8th.  If you have not already potted the plants you are planning to bring to the exchange I suggest you do it as soon as possible to give the plant some time to adjust to a pot.  

As always we ask you to not bring invasive plants to the exchange/meeting as they will not be permitted into the exchange.  This meeting is always a blast and everybody leaves with new plants (sometimes many plants) to use in their own yard.  

There are a couple of things to remember about the Plant Exchange meeting; bring something to exchange, each membership (single, couple, or family) gets only one name in the drawing canister, look things over as the drawing is being held as we have to go fast to get finished before dark.  The exchange is not limited to plants.  *Please put a name label in each plant you bring to the exchange.  Also, please do not bring any invasive species such as Lily of the Valley, Houttuynia (Chameleon plant), Ostrich Ferns, Bishops Weed, etc.  Suggestions of plants to bring are Hosta, companion plants, ornamental trees/shrubs, or garden related items such as bird houses, garden ornaments, watering wands, ornamental pots, etc.

When your name is called you can choose a plant form the main group or you can chose a plant from the $5.00 table, give Barb your name so she can keep track of your total, then pay Barb at the end of the Exchange. 

The September Meeting/Annual Plant Exchange will be held at the home of Ken & Marlene Daniels in Lapeer.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite dish to pass for the potluck, a chair to sit in, and at least one thing for the Plant Exchange.

For the September meeting I will start the business portion of the meeting while the potluck is underway to try and keep us from running the exchange after twilight.   Once we start the Exchange the name drawing will go quickly so please take a look at the plants in the exchange before your name is called. 
See you at the September 8th Annual Plant Exchange/meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- Our next meeting is on September 8, 2016 at the home of Ken & Marlene Daniels, 4371 McDowell Rd., Lapeer, MI 48446.  Their phone number is 810-664-8317. 
The time schedule for the evening is;
5:00 Tour Gardens/Networking
6:00 Potluck
7:00 Plant Exchange

I will tally the attendance records of each member and the drawing will be held according to the number of meetings each membership has attended.  This tally sheet will be available for the membership to review as well as all of the attendance sign-in sheets from each meeting.

Driving Directions- these directions route you around construction on Millville Rd.
(from our regular meeting place of the Mayfield Twp. Hall) – Turn Left (South) onto M-24 and drive 2 mile to W. Oregon Rd.  Turn right (West) and drive 3.2 miles to Gray Rd.  Turn right (North) and drive 1.3 miles to McDowell Rd.  Turn left (West) and drive 7/10ths of a mile to the house on the left.  The EMHS sign will be at the driveway.

Review the August 11th, 2016 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the September 8, 2016 meeting.

2016  Calendar of Events    
Sept 8 EMHS Plant Exchange, Daniels Garden
Nov 10- Annual Board Meeting
Dec 8- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Name Badges- If you need one of the new EMHS name badges, please put your printed name on the sign-up sheet at any meeting or you can email Glen with your request.  Glen will try to have your name badge at the next meeting. 

The EMHS T-shirts featuring Joseph Tychonievich's Hosta Addiction self-test are $18.00 each.  The only two left are XXL.        Contact Glen at PaceGardens@charter.net
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 athttp://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com  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

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Daniels, Marlene- Bottle wind chimes.
     810-664-8317, gardenfairy50@aol.com
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.
     810-631-4292, mhanner@aol.com
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies.
     810-664-7531, baha@chartermi.net
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.
     989-642-5772, lisik46@yahoo.com
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.
     989-871-2873, robfamily5 @yahoo.com

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention-       http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm  
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
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

Saginaw Valley Hosta Society, Dues $20 per year per household, Make check payable to SVHS and mail to: Gordon BurnsideSVHS Treasurer, 11640 W Freeland Rd. Freeland, MI 48623

EMHS Board of Officers:
President                     Glen Pace
     PaceGardens@charter.net      989-244-4029
Vice-President             Becky Hanner
     BGHanner@aol.com             810-631-4292
Treasurer                     Barb Hunter
     baha@chartermi.net               810-664-7531
Secretary                     Marlene Daniels
     gardenfairy50@aol.com         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner
     mhanner@aol.com                  810-631-4292
Fund-Raising              Mick & Cathy Hodgson     
     cehodgso@hotmail.com         810-664-8985

August 11, 2016 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at Steve and Marilyn Balabon’s home
Networking – 5:00 pm Gardens open, sign in, networking
Refreshments – 6:00 pm the meeting was called to order by President Glen Pace, Glen thanked the Balabon’s for opening their home and gardens for the club and a wonderful potluck was enjoyed by all.
Approval of Minutes – there were no changes to the minutes from the July 2016 meeting.  Motion to accept the minutes was made by Mick Hodgson and seconded by Connie Force.  The membership voted to accept the July meeting minutes.
Treasurer’s Report – Barb Hunter, treasurer gave a report for July 2016, beginning balance was $XX.XX and total income of $XX.XX and total expenditures of $XX.XX leaving the club with an ending balance of $XX.XX.  Motion to accept the report was made by Cathy Hodgson and seconded by Ken Daniels.  The membership voted to accept July’s treasurer’s report.
Calendar of Events – Our next meeting is the plant exchange and the meeting will be held at Ken and Marlene Daniels home.  Glen asked that no invasive plants be brought. There will be no meeting in October and November; December 8th will be our annual Christmas party at Mayfield Twp. Hall.
Reminders – EMHS/Hosta addiction t-shirts are still available, see Glen to purchase.  If you need a new name badge sign the sheet and Glen will have one for you at the next meeting. First is free and a replacement is $2.00.
Raffle – Thank you to Mick and Cathy Hodgson for their donation for the raffle.  The club made $XX.XX Also thank you to Glen Pace, Steve & Marilyn Balabon, Dyane Moore, Don Mosher for their donations for door prizes.
Next meeting – Our next meeting will be held at the home of Ken & Marlene Daniels and is our annual plant exchange.
Other announcements – Cathy Hodgson announced that Hosta Hillside cleanup was going to be August 21.  Also she asked if the club would donate Hosta Joy Ride for the auction that day.  The club agreed to donate the hosta. Steve Ballabon offered hollowed logs, free for the taking.
Adjourned – A motion was made by Linda Pollard to adjourn the meeting and Paulette Johnson seconded it.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Marlene Daniels

Note from Marlene;
Let’s see who reads the minutes, please enjoy your visit at our home, and while wandering count how many “water features” we have, not including the pond.  All correct answers will be put in a drawing for a bottle wind chime. 
Have fun

Ken & Marlene Daniels

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meeting on August 11th, 2016 at Steve and Marilyn Balabon's gardens.

Thank you Steve and Marilyn for sharing your beautiful gardens with EMHS!!!

Hosta "Guacamole" 

Many of the Balabon's Hosta beds are raised, here is one example.

More raised Hosta bed area

Examples of nicely grown Hosta

Hosta "Island Charm"

Hosta "Cool as a Cucumber"

Hosta "Bailey's Cream"

Hosta "Grape Fizz"

H. "Grape Fizz" bloom stalk elongating

The cabin near the pond with a resident fawn passing by.

Getting a photo of the entire group is near impossible, but here is a good representation of the wonderful EMHS members present at the meeting at the Balabon's.