The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
January 2010


General Meeting and Program

Thursday, January 21, 2010

“Decorating for the Winter Blues”

Nancy Clifton

You’ve put away the holiday decorations, now what? It’s the middle of January, how will you make it to spring? Be ready for a breath of fresh air, as Nancy helps us escape our winter blahs and take our homes from the holidays to a winter celebration.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Time:  9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

 9:45 a.m. – Business Meeting

10:00 a.m. – Program

Place:  Vernon Area Public Library

Hospitality Committee:

Lois Hicks – Lead Hostess

Eve Jacobs

Joan Keyes


From the President’s Desk

Jan Stefans, President

Happy New Year to all.  It’s time to start fresh with all things.  I am looking forward to Nancy Clifton’s “Decorating for the Winter Blues” presentation at our January 21st meeting.  I am also looking forward to the delivery of the multitude of gardening catalogues.  Perhaps this year we can join forces and order together to save on shipping.

Your garden club committees are starting fresh, too.  The allocations team is in full swing searching for worthwhile projects to donate our hard-earned benefit monies.  The nominating committee will be searching for new leadership next year, please consider a small role.  The Riverside and Depke teams are developing their spring and summer projects.

I look forward to sharing another year of your knowledge and passion for gardening.  Remember to keep those hands dirty and there is magic in the dirt.

BEAT THE WINTER BLAHS

By Joan Keyes

Christmas is over and now comes the fun time that we gardeners all enjoy. GARDEN CATALOGUES!!!!  I just received "John Scheepers KITCHEN GARDEN SEEDS.”  I have always loved the catalogue, but if you go on line-www.kitchengardenseeds.com you will find some wonderful recipes. You may have to wait until the farmer's markets are open to find some of these veggies, but I'm sure the produce departments in our grocery stores would work. So have fun, dream on, and my plan is to try the "herbal butter balls". This is a new take on the herbal butter logs, but I love this new idea.

Want to feel like its Spring? Go to www.birdsandblooms.com.  Click on videos and enjoy some very good photography as well as the songs of birds. A wonderful site for plants, butterflies and more and if you don't look out your window you'd swear that it was April.

 

SAD NEWS

Sandy Kalas’ husband, Mel, died unexpectedly in December.  His memorial service will be Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Lincolnshire.


GOING GREEN

·      Save water by reusing your dehumidifier water to water your potted plants.

·      Electronic Recycling:  Tuesdays and Fridays 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The City of Highland Park municipal building, 1180 Half Day Road.

·      Disposal of old major appliances:  Environmental Field Services, 800-480-4337.  This service will collect appliances for a fee that is much lower than the fee Waste Management charges.

·      Recycle old sneakers:  Sneakers the Vernon Hills Public works building (490 Greenleaf) or the Vernon Hills Park District (635 Aspen Rd.)

·      Household Chemical Waste:  Year-round collections are taken by appointment at SWALCO’s permanent facility located at 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee.  Mobile events are held periodically from April through November.  Dates are posted on their website www.lakecountyil.gov/swalco

Send addition Going Green ideas and suggestions to Jeanne at thetops4@omcast.net

 

WANTED

Horticulture Articles for our newsletter.  Submit to our newsletter editor Jeanne Top at thetops4@comcast.net.

  

HELPFUL HINTS FROM GARDEN GATE MAGAZINE

Submitted by Janice Hand

The Feb. 2010 issue of Garden Gate had two especially good “reader tips” that Lincolnshire Garden Club members might want to use.

1.    Planter feet — To raise your planters off of your patio or deck, many of us buy pot feet. A no-cost alternative is to make your own from wine corks. Take four corks, form a square by laying them horizontally (flat), and put a wood screw in each of the four corners. The screw will fit in the hole left by the corkscrew.

 

 

 

 

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2.    Plant tag organizer — The plastic tags that come with your store-bought plants seem to go missing, especially when you wanted to confirm the cultivar that is working out so well. One Garden Gate reader solves the problem by putting them in alphabetic order, punching a hole in the narrow end, and placing the tags on a ring (the ones that open in the middle, found at office supply stores or in the depths of the kids’ backpacks). You can hang the ring of tags in your garage or garden shed for easy reference.

(www.GardenGateMagazine.com, Feb. 2010, pg. 4 & 5)

 

PLANTS FOR A SHADY RAIN GARDEN

By Janice Hand

Late last summer, we had a rain garden installed just to the north of the garage in an area that was always quite moist. The rains this fall showed that the new garden is very well placed – each time it rained, we joked about our own “Great Lake.”

I postponed planting until the new compost-enriched soils had a chance to settle in the bottom of the garden. Since winter is the perfect time for planning, I gathered all of the plant recommendations from a variety of sources as a first step in making plant decisions. In case any Garden Club members would like to have a handy list of rain garden plants, I’m sharing my notes. In screening my lists, I looked at only those plants that are hardy in this area and that will tolerate partial shade.

 

Common Name

Botanical Name

Characteristics

Native Shrubs

American Cranberry (‘Alfredo,' ‘Andrews,' 'Bailey Compact,' 'Compactum,' or 'Wentworth')

Viburnum trilobum

8-10’ tall x 6-8’ wide; full sun to part shade

Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa

6’ tall x 4’ wide; full sun to part shade

Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis

8-10’ tall x 6-8’ wide; full sun to part shade

Ninebark

Physocarpus opulifolius

8-10’ tall x 8-10’ wide; full sun to part shade

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin

6-12’ tall x 6-12’ wide; prefers shade

Winterberry Holly (‘Red Sprite,’ ‘Winter Gold,’ ‘Berry Nice®’)

Ilex verticillata

3-5’ tall and wide; deciduous; need female and male individual plants

Perennials

Bee balm (‘Glenview Scarlet’)

Monarda

2-3’ tall x 1-2’ wide; bright red flowers in summer

Blue Flag Iris

Iris virginica shrevei

2-3’ tall; purple flowers in May – July

Blue Lobelia

Lobelia siphilitica

3’ tall x 1-1.5’ wide; true blue flowers in mid- to late-summer

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

2-5’ tall; red flowers in July – Sept.

Cupplant

Silphium perfoliatum

3-8’ tall; yellow flowers in June – Sept.

False Aster

Boltonia asteroids

2-4’ tall; white flowers in the summer

Great Angelica

Angelica atropurpurea

5-7’ tall; white flowers in May and June

Green Headed Coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata

5-8’ tall; yellow flowers in Aug. and Sept.

Joe Pye Weed

Eupatorium maculatum

4-6’ tall; pink flowers in summer

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

2-4’ tall x 1.5-2’ wide; blue-tinged grass that turns orange and red in the fall

Marsh Marigold

Caltha palustris

2’ tall; yellow flowers in April – June

Michigan Lily

Lilium michiganense

3-7’ tall; orange flowers in summer

Obedient Plant

Physosetegia virginiana

3-5’ tall; pink flowers in Aug. and Sept.

Ohio Goldenrod 

Solidago ohiensis

3-4’ tall; yellow flowers in Aug. – Oct.

Queen of the Prairie

Filipendula rubra

4-5’ tall; pink flowers in summer; endangered in IL

Ruddell’s Goldenrod

Solidago riddellii

2-5’ tall; yellow flowers in Aug. – Oct.

Spiderwort

Tradescantia virginiana

1.5-2’ tall x 1.5’ wide; lingering lavender-blue blooms in summer

Sweet Coneflower (‘Henry Eilers’)

Rudbeckia subtomentosa

4-5’ tall x 1.5-2’ wide; flowers bright yellow from summer into fall

Tall Meadowrue

Thalictrum dasycarpum

3-6’ tall; white flowers in June and July

Tatarian Aster (‘Jindai’)

Aster tataricus

4-6’ tall x 2’ wide; lavender flowers in late fall

Wild Columbine

Aquilegia Canadensis

1-3’ tall; red and yellow flowers in spring; tends to mildew (hide by other plants after flowering)

Zig-zag Goldenrod

Solidago flexicaulis

3’ tall; yellow flowers in Aug. – Oct.

 

 

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