Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August 2018 Newsletter

Note from the President- I am told that Lapeer area got a lot of rain over a two-day period last week.   How I wish we had gotten that rain in Northern Genesee County.   My gardens are in a state of drought and if it weren’t for the hoses running daily there would be even more plants going dormant earlier than normal.   The seed set on the Trilliums this year is severely diminished because of the lack of rain and many of the Asian plants I grow are not going to bloom like they would normally.   Needless to say, I am hoping for rain.
Just a reminder; you can bring plants or garden related items to donate to the door prize and raffle drawings and you the donor gets to decide which drawing you want them in.   We all love to win something and the more that is donated, the more chance there is to win. 

Thank you, Dyane Moore, for being a wonderful host for our July meeting.   Your colorful, whimsical, gardening style is a delight to encounter.   From the pictures posted on the EMHS website everybody can tell that color is important in your gardening scheme.  Sharing your gardens was very much appreciated by the entire group. 
Our next meeting is on August 9th, 2018 at the home of Sandy Vukonich, 2961 Secluded Pines Dr. Oxford, MI 48371.  The phone number is 248-302-4700 in case you need to call for directions on your way to the meeting.

The EMHS Annual Plant Exchange is on September 13th, 2018.   If you have not already potted the plants you are planning on bringing to the exchange, you should do so very soon.   Plants that are dug and potted just before the meeting do not have time to adjust to the shock of transplanting and therefore look poor for the exchange.   Take the time to pot them now to give them time to adjust to the pot and look great for the Plant Exchange.   Please do not bring any invasive species such as Lily of the Valley, Houttuynia (Chameleon plant), Ostrich Ferns, Bishops Weed, etc. to the exchange.   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.

See you at the August 9th meeting and don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair. 
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- on August 9, 2018 at the home of Sandy Vukonich, 2961 Secluded Pines Dr. Oxford, MI 48371.  The phone number is 248-302-4700 in case you need to call for directions on your way to the meeting.   

From Mayfield Twp. Hall (our regular meeting place)- Turn right onto N. Saginaw and drive to M-24.   Turn Left (South) and drive 12.2 miles to Brocker Rd.  Turn Right (West) and drive 1.3 miles to Baldwain.  Turn Left (South) and drive 0.8 miles to Secluded Pines Dr.  Turn Left (East) and drive 0.2 miles to house on right.

From Flint/Saginaw/I-75-  I-75 South to I-69 East.  Drive 21.6 miles to M-24.   Turn Right (South) and drive 7.7 miles to Brocker Rd.   Turn Right (West) and drive 1.3 miles to Baldwin.  Turn Left (South) and drive 0.8 miles to Secluded Pines Dr.  Turn Left (East) and drive 0.2 miles to house on right.

 The time schedule for the evening is;
View Gardens/ Networking
   Business Meeting/
              View Gardens

Summer Meetings- Reminders about the summer meetings;
1) The summer meetings are potluck meetings so bring your favorite dish to pass.  The club provides the plates and flatware.
2) Please bring your own chair to sit on.   Most hosts don’t have extra chairs for you to use.
3) Bring your own bug spray.   It is summer and the mosquitos and flies are out, so you may want to protect yourself. 
4) Please help clean-up when it is time to leave.   The host has enough to do without having to clean up after everybody, please pitch-in and help.
5) Please leave when the meeting is over as the host needs time to relax after hosting a meeting.   Some hosts are first shift workers and may have to be up early the next morning.   So please do not hang around the host’s garden after the meeting. 

2018 EMHS Calendar of Events    “?” denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      

Aug 09- Member Garden Tour @ Sandy

Sept 13- Plant Exchange @ The Major’s
Oct 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?______________
Nov 08- Annual Board Meeting,
     Whitey’s in Davison

Dec 13- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Review the July 12th, 2018 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the August 9th, 2018 meeting.
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. 

Club Members selling Hosta or Related Products-
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting

Brown, Deb- Aeroponic Tower Garden.
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- Hosta.  
     989-871-2873, robfamily5 @yahoo.com

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 http://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

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/
American Hosta Society Convention Website- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website- http://ihostohio.com/portal/glhc/

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 Burnside, 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 and Cathy Hodgson
  cehodgso@hotmail.com       810-664-8985

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